Using Illustration for a Totally Customized Blurb Book

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A pencil remarque drawing in Wade Meyers's The Yielding Sky

A few weeks ago we wrote about a bookmaker who orders and sells his books as signed and numbered limited editions, which we thought was pretty cool. And today we came across Wade Meyers, an aviation artist who creates pencil remarque drawings on the standard grey end sheets of his Blurb book The Yielding Sky. These editions are personalized and done for collectors, who buy the books directly from Wade. So, his books are not just print on demand, like all Blurb books, but also drawn on demand.

Here’s what he says about the process:

This idea comes from the practice of drawing pencil ‘remarques’ on lithographic prints. Many artists do this, and collectors love it. When I received my very first test books I saw the gray end sheets and thought, “Hmm …” The response has been terrific, and I encourage all artists to try it.

They are drawn with artist’s pencils (3H to 4B), and if you look closely many of the drawings have subtle white highlights which really make the details “pop.” As a final touch, I lightly spray a coat of matte workable fixative over the drawing, and I cut a sheet of neutral Ph Vidalon vellum to slip in between the pages to eliminate smearing and to keep the facing pages from rubbing against each other in shipment.

It’s a great idea for illustrators who want to add even more uniqueness to their work, as well as generate a little extra revenue. You can see more of Wade’s remarque drawings in this Facebook photo album.

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2 Comments

  1. Hey that’s MY remarque!! Very Cool! If you haven’t ordered a print, giclee or book from Wade you’re missing out. This is not a paid endorsement, simply a comment from a very satisfied Customer.

    Mike Robinson
    Rochester NY

    By Mike Robinson
      April 21, 2012 – 12:39 pm   Permalink
  2. Hey Mike,

    That’s super cool! I love Wade’s work. Thank you for posting!

    kent

    By Kent
      April 23, 2012 – 10:36 am   Permalink

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