After so many fantastic mornings sketching at the Franklin Park Zoo last year - and being introduced to so many wonderful animals by their stellar keepers - I really wanted to collect the resulting drawings and paintings into a portfolio that I could share offline. So, I laid out a book this winter and have spent the last few months familiarizing myself with the self-publishing process. At long last, I have a small first edition of 40 or so books that I am offering for purchase.
Self-publishing can be an inexpensive way to make a quick paperback book, but it gets pricey fast if you start with full color content and choose to add "pro" options (hardcover, custom end pages, high-quality paper, etc). I wanted this project to feel like a little work of art in and of itself, so I chose options that unfortunately bumped up the cost. One day I'll work on a professionally published book that I can offer at a competitive price... until then, consider this an investment in the artist, and an opportunity to own somewhat of an "original". Thank you to everyone who has already expressed enthusiasm for this project!
If you'd like your own copy of Tropical Forest, you can preview the book (19 of 38 pages) using the blurb widget below, then visit my online shop to place your order.
For those curious about the printing: I used blurb and highly recommend it. After researching a number of options, I chose blurb for their emphasis on good design, thorough online support/tutorial system, and range of customizable options for designers (in addition to tasteful, easy-to-use templates for individuals not keen on creating their own layouts) - not to mention the super cool preview widget above! I couldn't be happier with the results and won't hesitate to use them again.