So let’s say you pony up the bucks and buy a copy of Single-Handed Fly Casting. What do you get for your hard-earned cash? A bunch of paper, for starters. Some ink. Several decades of fly casting instruction experience and research (with actual scientist types). And lots of drawings of me. You also get one of these included (look above), because I have about a thousand of them lying around and they make tying benches look prettier! 😉
A few friends in the EU may recognize this general graphic as something from a fly show a few years ago. If you can’t recycle yourself, who can you recycle, right?
Just something for the eyes. An old favorite that I painted for a client who had been fishing the Henry’s Fork and wanted a portrait of a favorite ‘bow. Will be back to commission work soon. Just need to get a certain book out the door …
So what’s the status of Single-Handed Fly Casting? INKING! That’s me with a laptop, a pen, and a pack of transparency film. At least the process is way faster than finding all the video frames on which the inking in based (that took about 10 full no-fun days). I ink, I scan, I clean-up, I vectorize, I finalize, I place, I caption. That’s the process until I read (one last time), and then I print (1,001 times). Then, I hope that my readers enjoy.
For those who have signed up for a copy of SHFC, I’ll likely send out the “please pay now” email when I am finalizing the “I finalize” part. The placing and captioning go fast, relatively speaking.
I mention a lot of friends and fellow casters/instructors in Single-Handed Fly Casting. One of those friends is Christopher Rownes. I’ve known Christopher for years, and always enjoy watching his casting videos (they aren’t as much about instruction as about enjoying casting for its flow and beauty). If you are an instructor or caster who loves the flow, check out a little of Chris’s work here:
Might as well kick off the artistic part of this reloaded blog with a new-ish favorite of mine. This is my daughter, Brooke’s, first trout drawing, from February of this year (2015). She said she was going to draw a trout, sat down, and there you go. It’s pretty straightforward, but I’m not about to offer her any critique!
Brooke turned two last October (2014), and I’m so excited to see her loving her art so much. Pens, markers, crayons, watercolors, glitter glue, or Buddha Board, she enjoys it all.
To honor my little girl and her love of fish, this is also the first drawing I’m using in Single-Handed Fly Casting. Call me a proud papa, or whatever, but then again, that’s exactly what I am.