Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Peek at the Desk



Dragon Mania continues at the Hatke house as we creep further into Winter.

Lately I’ve been taking little Zita to her weekly dance class. The dance class is in the same building that houses a little main street coffee shop so I’ve been using the dance class as an opportunity to get in a little quality sketchbook time. For the artist, sketching is like sleep. It’s one of those things that recharges you but is also tempting to skimp on. Of course, like sleep, if you skimp too much your work start to suffer for it.

And now, good news for everyone who ordered Waiting for Toast: The books have arrived, the watercolors are piling up and I’ll start sending out books on Friday!

I ordered extra books so if you still want a copy order this week or next and it’ll be there in plenty of time for Christmas.

Here's a link to the BOOKSHOP.

18 comments:

anna said...

Bellissimi!!!

Red Herring Jeff said...

Such an excellent way of putting it! One more level of Super Mario Brothers can get in the way of both. Ha-ha-ha! Looking forward to the new book.

Ben Hatke said...

ANNA! Arrivati i libri ieri! Grazie, grazie tante volte! Molto, molto bella e meraviglioso! Brava, Anna.

Ben Hatke said...

And Jeff, yes. I fear video games because of that! I sleep little enough as it is.

Tim said...

Very nice. I can't wait to be surprised by which watercolor I get.

Fr Matthew Green said...

Wonderful watercolor dragons! I'd love to see one in my copy of the book...

j'aime said...

those are awesome! hey, Finn loves turtles. and dragons. could i request a couple for him? reimbursement shall be forthcoming. and so shall we, in a couple of weeks!

Ben Hatke said...

Oh, will we be seeing you soon? That's good news.

As for the dragons, I have one left. I might make a couple more but...

I also might be able to do you one better. I like them as a set and have been thinking of printing them as a set of memory game cards. Each set would have two copies of the original five wizards, 15 dragons and a princess.

--B

j'aime said...

oh wow. that would be awesome. all of those things are in high standing at our house.
one query: what about the prince?

Ben Hatke said...

I tried making a knight, but he didn't seem to fit somehow. It's the only one I threw away.

I'll try again maybe.

Tim said...

I was thinking instead of a knight you should do a squire boy, a page boy, or even a stable boy ala The Princess Bride's Wesley but then thought maybe a juggling or fire breathing court jester would be more appropriate for an original Hatke.

Cor Mariae said...

I like the yellow dragon with the smoke best---reminds me of a painting of Smaug by John Howe. :)

KSJ said...

I got Waiting for Toast today. Thank you very much Ben, the water color and the sketch are great, just like the rest of your book.

Sweet Enemy said...

Awww, sad that I've missed out on this round! Your dragons are perfectly distilled to the best parts.

Ben Hatke said...

I'm glad to hear the books are arriving!

I'm working on making the dragons (and wizards) into a set called "Memory Dragon" and i'll post about that soon. I'm going to try to have at least a few copies for sale. They al ended up looking good as a set.

Oh and there is one princess card.

More about this soon!

Tim said...

I just got mine but haven't opened it yet as I'm waiting for a lull in the nightly activities in order to appreciate it better.

I would definitely buy decks of Memory Dragon for gifts, etc.

Zita said...

I just wanted to give you a peek at where some of your art ends up. I have Zita the Spacegirl on my desk at work. I am an engine designer in a very large and conservative company. Your novel warns people that I might not always be so serious. I love your character's courage and gumption. I even borrow it at times. Thanks! Zita

Ben Hatke said...

Aw, thanks Zita!