I spent the winter illustrating this fantastic book and it is so rewarding to have it in hand! The preliminary “galley” version’s image quality was on the low scale, but now that I have the official book, the lines are extra crisp and detail held up wonderfully.
My productive slot was generally from 10pm to 2 am. Lots of silent winter nights watching the figs unfurl their leaves as I fell asleep at my easel. I dried up many micron pens, and generally fell in love with the “02” size. Some of the artwork was done digitally, but in general I did the vast majority traditionally, meaning a real micron 02 pen laying real ink onto a real piece of bristol paper….no pixels about it! But as I got feedback, many of the revisions and edits were done using photoshop.
I got to know many creatures and ideas about evolution I hadn’t yet been acquainted with, it was an immensely rewarding project to be part of.
The writing is simply superb. Readable and utterly fascinating morsels on every page, the pages turn on autopilot. With a subject as complex and elusive as “how do we know how evolution works on a scale we can observe?”, Jonathan did a magnificent job of illuminating it in for the layperson.
Here is a link on amazon, but instead order it at your local bookstore!