Back in October/November 2008, I was singing/rapping in the shower and came up with a cheesy love line about my boo(girlfriend). So I wrote it down and then thought, hey, since my rap career is going nowhere why not try to create a full length illustrated poem. I came up with a bunch of lines and then narrowed them down when conceptualizing the images to go along with them. Then in my free time after work I spent most of the winter months drawing, painting, scanning, digital painting, etc. The style of the book is split in two, just like the story of the poem. This allowed me to work in the style I usually work in as well as try out a style I had been longing to imitate. The later of which would be from the works of illustrator Lou Peters, specifically his work from "The New England Cookbook". Enjoy!
Oh, I also had to work in secrecy from my girlfriend, because I wanted it to be a surprise. My goal was to give her the book, have her read it, and then after she read the last line I would get on one knee and ask her to marry me. Well my plan went perfect and she said yes. Woo hoo!
For anyone interested in printing professional quality books, of all shapes and sizes, I highly recommend printing through BLURB. The print quality of my book(11" x 13", image wrap hardcover) came out awesome. It looks like I bought it at a bookstore.