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Monday, June 11, 2018

The Tony Awards

It saddens me to see some of the behaviors that are, not only allowed, but encouraged by these theatre professionals.

Our work with the Gnomes will proceed without regard to any recognition such as this being the end objective.

I say this because I want partners who care about the work and not any expectation of  some degree of notariety gained by setting our sights on any Tony or Academy Awards.

I don't believe we will ever be recognized in this way for our work.

I wish it were different, but I am afraid it is not.

AG

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Publishing Volume One

I was convinced that by now Volume One would have been released. In fact, I gave it to the printers like two months ago. But the delay is not their doing. I put a hold on printing, when one last look revealed an error. But the real clincher is that 1) my work-station computer began to fail, no longer saving the files properly and also failing to open the work files and 2) I discovered that the material used for the layout could not contain compressed files. I'll explain that later.

Well, I did buy another computer in anticipation of needing more power, but even that did not result in an improvement. The machine I bought was a Mac Pro with plenty of processing power and RAM. Unfortunately, being a used machine, it was sold to me with OSX 10.13 and the proper system, in fact the last system that machine will run properly on is OSX 10.11. So it runs, but not properly and that also interfered with getting the job done. It's very frustrating nudging this through to get the final files. I have done certain operations over again 20 times or more because of this.

I'd like to convey something to those of you doing GFX design for publishing. It took me a long time to discover this. If you have original artwork which you are placing in a document, don't convert it to PDF first. There are inconsistencies that impair the final press layout. One is the likelihood that the PDF will obtain graphic artifacts. When you are trying to merge multiple files with the expectation of consistency, it is impossible to achieve when using compressed files, such as a PDF.

In my instance, I've discovered that I need to use the PSD files in all components where the art was edited in Photoshop. (I use Photoshop instead of Illustrator to edit my artwork, let's just say I prefer it). I can absolutely say that resolution, color balance and other aspects of the files are vastly superior in an uncompressed PSD file. But the truth is - the files are huge. This is in large part the bulk of my problems with accessing the files. The end result is that I have to break the files into multiple smaller files in order to be able to use the uncompressed artwork and that results in alignment issues. But the fact of the matter is that it is impossible to maintain consistency (in many aspects of the layout) with compressed files. They do not all compress the same and the result is a great variation in resolution, color balance, and alignment, not to mention those inevitable artifacts.

It is without a doubt an extremely complex endeavor when you are dealing with, literally, hundreds of layers and multiple settings within an assortment of functions that span the compass of dozens of files. So this is the culprit in terms of the continuing delays with releasing this series of books. This is a situation that one does not run into when printing words, but when you add extensive art into the mix it becomes very complex in many ways.

The Core Creative Materials have been, for the most part, finished for years. Of course, as I have mentioned elsewhere, more artwork needs to be done, but the real focus, as of now, is to assure that the technical structure of the layout (as far as publishing is concerned) is not only fully correct for Volume One, but directly and easily applicable and transferable to all other Volumes in the series.

"Zach and Zebby's Grand Adventure" takes up Volumes Two & Three, but there are other stories as well which may avail themselves (so to speak) of the technical and graphic layout. So perfecting this is the most important goal, but serious delays have been thrust upon the process by computer issues.

I post this explanation so those Partners and others observing, who are waiting for the product to hit the marketplace, might understand the trials and tribulations of making this happen. And this is only the Storybook, can you imagine the complexities of the stage show, the animated film and all the ancillary markets? This project is no small task, anyway you look at it.

The first expenditure from the proceeds of selling Volume One will most certainly be new computers with sufficient capabilities to avoid these maddening issues. It really is driving me insane.

AG

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Posts on this blog

Lately, I have been posting from my smartphone and as I have said, posting images seems more often than not to fail. So, I apologize if there are posts where the artwork referred to seems to be missing. Be certain to check for links to the artwork or other sample materials, since "the Cloud" has now come into play. Also search the archive for older posts, because there are samples that were posted before I started to depend on the smartphone, including a video.

I have not had such problems posting to Facebook, so do check there if you like. I have pages there for both "The Gnomes of New Hope" and "Image of the Mind Studios".

When I manage to get my new computer systems up and running at the studio, which involves rewiring the building, I will review the blogs and try to rectify these posting issues.

AG

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Gnomefication

I had an enjoyable conversation yesterday about Gnomefication. You may have come across the term in some other posts or documents.

I have often thought about letting people become "Gnomefied".  Essentially this is akin to a characture, except that; those people who contribute to our production expenses (via an undetermined investment) would not only be Gnomified, but would also appear in the animated film.

In the discussion yesterday, my friends were very excited about being Gnomified and wanted me to make puppets of people who were Gnomified. Interestingly enough, this is not out of the realm of possibility.

Since I'm posting this from my smartphone, I cannot easily post photos (the last ten attempts failed) but if you go to the Facebook page, you will see some discussions and photos about puppetry.

Let me just say that I am investigating 3D printing for various projects, including it's application to puppetry, figurines of our characters, animation, and other product prototyping. So, Gnomifying a person and printing out a puppet head seems like something that could be done. It's not cheap, but it could be done.

We'll see what happens. AG

Monday, March 19, 2018

Discussion on Signed & Numbered Limited Editions

Volume One of The Gnomes of New Hope, an Introduction is about to be released.

It is being released as a Signed & Numbered Limited Edition. There are some discussions on the IMS Facebook page here;

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156346742865337&id=322835550336

I am crafting the parameters of the Limited Editions and discuss it in numerous places, but our investors gain the most advantage in this regard.

To address the subject of investment...

The Illustrated Storybook consists of Three Volumes which likewise consists of Seven Books. Each of the Books are being released individually as a Collector's Signed & Numbered Limited Edition prior to the public release. The purpose of the Limited Editions is to fund the remaining artwork and publication of the series. The editions are limited to 250 units and each issue is divided into three segments, the first being the most costly and so on. I am crafting the specifications for this Limited Edition Series, so that it meets the budget requirements to complete the entire series.

If you care to avail yourself of the opportunity to secure a portion of this collection, contact me either personally or via email. The value of the Collector Series is sure to increase when the show is successfully mounted and makes it to Broadway or becomes a finished film.

Front Money Investors automatically have an entire series number assigned to them. The higher the investment, the lower the number. Front Money investment has a three hundred percent return. So if you can afford to wait until we turn a profit, it's a phenominal opportunity.

We still need 345 panels to complete the illustrations and a low estimate is approximately $500 per panel, by the time it is usable for publication. Realistically, it's probably more than that, but I've managed to streamline the process. So you can do the math and see that I still need a chunk of change to finish this publishing project.

The theatre end of things is in low gear until publishing all three volumes is complete. I will say that the animation aspect will proceed in conjunction with the illustration work, since they are so closely connected. Oh, and I am working on building the puppets, because they will be part of the book and concert tours.

Do send me an email if you are interested in being involved as an investor or a creative/technical contributor.

Check out the Facebook pages, since I post there as well.

AG

Friday, March 2, 2018

Music Artwork

I have repeated tried to post the artwork without success. So now, I am resorting to posting a link.

"Gnomespheres, Instrumental Selections from The Gnomes of New Hope

While I'm at it, here is a link to one of the songs.

S.7g "You're The One"

This song has the entire village of Gnomeville sending Zach & Zebby's off on their Grand Adventure. It is one of my favorite songs in the show.

As it stands now all but one of the songs are instrumental. We have only recorded one song with vocalists. I will post that song later.

Enjoy.

AG

Friday, February 23, 2018

Final Proof-read

I've been getting Volume One ready for the printers. I can hardly believe how many little details and mistakes find their way into a book. I have read this book over, literally hundreds, if not thousands, of times, with an eye to refinement of both the content and design. I think the Error Gnome is following me around and when I turn my back, he sneaks in and does his dirty work. It's almost ready.

I'll be printing a Limited Edition of 250 signed & numbered books. Each edition is being used for finance the next stage in production. In this instance, Volume One will finance the remaining art needed to illustrate Volume Two.

I will post the pricing one those numbered editions after the books go to press.

If you would like to reserve an edition, contact me via email at; image.of.the.mind.studios@gmail.

You will also be able to reserve all future Limited Edition Releases with matching numbers. I will provide details in the near future. AG