Tuesday, 9 August 2016
I am so excited about my new ebook called "Best Day Ever". It is the first book that I have both written and illustrated and I think you'll love it. Here is the synopsis:
Before the first rays of dawn, three woodland creatures busily carry out their daily tasks. Today, however, will be different. Today, work will end early for beaver, raccoon and chipmunk and adventure will be the next order of business.
Join our three friends as they set out together for a day of fun and laughter, ups and downs, meeting new friends along the way and agreeing that this day is the best day ever!
This book is about adventure and sharing that adventure with your friends. A great day can also come with its share of difficulties, but overcoming them makes the day all the more exciting and memorable. This book is also a great reminder to parents that too much work is not a good thing. Take time to enjoy your children and share in their adventures.
My book is available on Kindle as an ebook: https://www.amazon.com/Best-Day-Ever-David-Gnass-ebook/dp/B01JK0LZTA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470758393&sr=8-1&keywords=david+gnass
If you do decide to purchase a copy please take time to review it. Your honest reviews are worth gold to help me become a better writer and illustrator.
Friday, 5 February 2016
I was looking through some old works I had painted for a group exhibition I was part of in downtown Toronto during the yearly held International Jazz Festival. This took place around 10 years ago. I remember a lady walking in off the street and shouted out, "Great show, wrong city." Perhaps she was thinking about New York City as the idyllic venue. None of us made any sales that week, I think she may have been right.
I did however get to present a painting to Toronto based jazz singer Molly Johnson. That was a major highlight and it made the paper.
I thought I'd would share this series of paintings starting with Hank Mobley. This is an oil on canvas painting.
Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Wednesday, 9 December 2015
I've been working on this book on and off for about 6 months now. I've revised the story many times and also the art.
The main change I recently made is the textural element of the brush. I like this better than my recent post showing another so called finished page. Of course, I will now be revising that page to remain consistent. Thank God that it is easy to do in Photoshop.
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
I've been developing these characters over the past little while and I'm excited about how they have come together and relate to each other through a story I have written. I am not an experienced writer but you have to start somewhere to get a feel for the writing process and why not try to self publish.
So, now my goal is to finish illustrating the book and retail it as an ebook on Kindle and iBook. I'm doing a good amount of reading to prepare myself for this. I will post details about how it all went once I finish the book and publish it.
I would love to hear from anyone who has already gone down this road and how it went for them?
Thursday, 3 September 2015
Lately between work assignments as an illustrator I've been developing my first real attempt at my own children's book. It's centered around a group of woodland creatures who decide to put aside their burdensome work and enjoy the day together.
It's a scary venture for me in so far as the writing side goes. I've read a number of books on writing for children and they have been helpful but I think I need genuine feedback from others who have already gone through the process.
So if there is someone out there who is willing to critique my story or is part of a good writing group, please let me know.