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“Scared Stiff” Illustrations: Part 4

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To celebrate the upcoming release of Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias by Sara Latta (Zest Books), featuring over 50 of my illustrations, I’d like to share a behind-the-scenes look at my creative process on this title.

Here, you can take a look at the some of the final interior illustrations.

Want to see more? Take a look inside Scared Stiff on Amazon.com: www.amazon.com/Scared-Stiff-Everything-Famous-Phobias/dp/1936976498.

Scared Stiff Preview

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Acrophobia: Fear of Heights

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Botanophobia: Fear of Plants

Chiroptophobia: Fear of Bats

Chiroptophobia: Fear of Bats

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Claustrophobia: Fear of Being Closed In

Neophobia: Fear of New Things/Experiences

Neophobia: Fear of New Things/Experiences

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“Scared Stiff” Illustrations: Part 3

Related Posts: “Scared Stiff” Illustrations: Part 1 and “Scared Stiff” Illustrations: Part 2.

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To celebrate the release of Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias by Sara Latta (Zest Books), featuring over 50 of my illustrations, I’d like to share a behind-the-scenes look at my creative process on this title.

Here, you can take a look at the further development of the interior illustrations.

Over the course of this process, some of the phobias were swapped out — but this exercise was an important step to the final illustrations.

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“Scared Stiff” Illustrations: Part 2

Related Posts: Portfolio, 2014 and “Scared Stiff” Illustrations: Part 1.

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To celebrate today’s release of Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias by Sara Latta (Zest Books), featuring over 50 of my illustrations, I’d like to share a behind-the-scenes look at my creative process on this title.

Here, you can see the development of the interior illustrations, playing with style and tone.

The final illustrations became a cross between the scientific drawing approach and the silhouette style.

Phobias 1

Phobias 2

Phobias 3

Phobias 4

Phobias 6

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Copyright 2014 by G. E. Gallas


“Scared Stiff” Illustrations: Part 1

Related Post: My Name and Art on Amazon! and Portfolio, 2014.

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To celebrate the upcoming February 4th release of Scared Stiff: Everything You Need to Know About 50 Famous Phobias by Sara Latta (Zest Books), featuring over 50 of my illustrations, I’d like to share a behind-the-scenes look at my creative process on this title.

Here, you can take a look at the development of the cover, from three different samples to a final illustration to a polished official cover.

Option A greatly influenced the final interior, but option C really sets the tone. :)

Scared Stiff Silhouettes Color

Option A

Scared Stiff Saul Bass Color

Option B

Scared Stiff Anime Color

Option C

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Scared Stiff Preview Cover

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My Name and Art on Amazon!

This past Summer, I worked on a number of projects for Zest Books. And I’m excited to see my work starting to pay off!

Now on Amazon, you can view the cover illustration I created for Scared Stiff: 50 Phobias That Freak Us Out as well as my name with the credit “illustrator.” In addition to the cover, I created 50 interior illustrations — one for each phobia. So I hope this book will be a real treat for my fans and followers.

Scared Stiff will be released February 4th, 2014, but you can already pre-order via Amazon! Plus, as we near February, I plan on sharing some behind-the-scenes “Phobias” sketches, so keep your peepers peeled!!!

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Package from Elena

I met my Barcelonian friend Elena in Tokyo of all places. We were both studying at Sophia University for a year.

We met through a mutual acquaintance and the three of us ended up on a three day trip to Okinawa. Both Elena and I share an enthusiasm for Okinawan culture and were so excited to go. We managed to see everything on our checklist and had an overall wonderful time there.

As it turned out, a few weeks later, Elena ended up moving into the same dorm as me. We ended up spending memorable times together, staying up to the wee hours of the morning chatting and eating candy.

Now, having only recently moved to San Francisco, we live on practically opposite sides of the globe. But we still Facebook and tweet at each other. And, most excitingly, we send packages through snail mail to each other, back and forth from Spain to the States.

While we were friends in Tokyo, Elena had no idea I drew at all. This was during my college phase of not having time to draw. Boy, was she surprised when she learned I was working on my graphic novel The Poet and the Flea. And, quickly, she became my #1 fan!

Elena became smitten by the rose from page 27 of The Flea (as seen on Part 4 of Behind the Scenes). So, for the winter holiday, I sent her the following ink and watercolor rose.

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In return, at the end of January, I received a wonderful little New Year’s present from Elena (see photos below)! She sent me a delightfully long handwritten letter, a bag of candy, and a flyer of a favorite Japanese band called exist†trace (which I believe Elena was handed by the lead singer named Jyou after a The GazettE concert).

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I would love for Elena to come visit San Francisco one day, or for me to visit her in Barcelona (when I’m not an unpaid intern making absolutely no money). Elena is really the only person I keep in touch with from my year abroad and I’m proud to have such an awesome friend! Maybe someday we’ll even return to Japan and even Okinawa together.

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Copyright 2013 by G. E. Gallas


Brief Update

Here is a brief update on my current creative projects and endeavors…!

In the midst of a horrible cold…  (✖╭╮✖)

Friday, July 13th

  • In the mail, finally received “Documentation of Registration” for Who is Laurence Harvey? and The Golden Curator from The Writers Guild of America, West.
Saturday, July 14th
  • On Craigslist, have responded to a few posts about writing and creative projects. We’ll see how it goes…

Sunday, July 15th

  1.  After a nerve-wracking wait, Who is Laurence Harvey? did not make it into the quarter finals of The 2012 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards. But I’m still happy that the screenplay made it into the second round (the top 25%). Now I have 6-8 more contests/competitions to hear back from in the coming months. Next up, The Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Competition Quarterfinal Round and the Film Independent Screenwriters Lab…
  2. Looking into The Alternative Press Expo (APE) in San Francisco, October 13-14. I think it’s too late to get a table, but I’d like to attend, schmooze, get some more information about the publishers I’m interested in, and possibly promote The Poet and the Flea a bit.

Tuesday, July 17th

  • Responded to a Craigslist post about someone writing a graphic novel who’s looking for an artist/illustrator. Had some e-mail correspondence with her. Planning to meet on Tuesday (24th). Looking forward to it!

Wednesday, July 18th

  1. Craigslist, craigslist, craigslist…
  2. Applied to The American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest! Information updated on “Applications” post, here.

Thursday, July 19th

  1. Added behind-the-scenes images to my (almost-but-not-quite-forgotten) Pinterest: pinterest.com/gegallas.
  2. Slowly but surely working on the-poet-and-the-flea.tumblr.com.

Friday, July 20th

  • Craigslist, craigslist, craigslist…

Saturday, July 21th

  • Attended The Pixel-Flick TV Actor/Filmmaker Alliance’s first meeting. Thought it went very well! The producer/director/CEO of Pixel Flick Entertainment, Brian Stephens, sounds like he has a lot of experience and knows what he’s talking about. He’s organizing this alliance to facilitate filmmakers in the Bay Area and showcase their work. Seems like a wonderful opportunity!

Monday, July 23rd

  • Took care of some important e-mails today.

Tuesday, July 24th

  • My meeting with the graphic novel author Shannon Brady went really well. I think her concept is really intriguing and she’s very passionate about the topic. I think this is going to be a successful collaboration!

Etcetera

  1. The Poet and the Flea: 37 pages of written script (1 page of script = 4-6 illustrated pages), and about 36 pages (1-12, 14, 16, 21 completed, and 13, 15, 17-20, 22-36 in progress) of illustrated work.
  2. Considering developing my short story entitled “Inside the Display Case” (about a Siberian pit viper named Peter) into a graphic novel.
  3. Developing a new short film script called Death of the Poet.
  4. Stumbled upon an idea for a children’s book…
  5. My third full-length screenplay called The Modern Prometheus is currently resting on the back burner temporarily.

To Do:

  • Sign up with IMDbPro.
  • Apply to the Bluecat Screenplay Competition (before October 15th).
  • Begin work on character sketches for Shannon!

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


“The Poet and the Flea”: Behind the Scenes (Part 3)

Page 3 & 4, in progress.

Page 4, in progress.

Page 1-3, in progress.

Title page, in progress.

Page 5, in progress.

Page 5 & 6, in progress.

Page 7 & 8, in progress.

Page 9 & 10, in progress.

Page 11, in progress.

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Copyright 2012 by G. E. Gallas


“The Poet and the Flea”: Behind the Scenes (Part 1)

My chair & a fresh pad of bristol board.

A brigade of pens, markers, etc.

Brand-new X-Acto knife & replacement blades, my slightly worn cutting mat, & Tintin Band-Aids (just in case).

You can never have enough erasers. (The tweezers come in handy, too.)

My top-secret notebook (which I ended up not actually using for this project, whoops!)

My computer: a very important tool.

Research: Dante’s “Divine Comedy” with illustrations by William Blake (gotta love Penguin Classics!).

My friends… they keep me company while I work.

The view outside my window!

My trustworthy wastebasket.

The perils of refilling Copic markers. (Or am I just unskilled?)

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