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Zombie Road

Zombie Road – promo piece for Saltwater Witch. Click the image for the full view. http://www.SaltwaterWitch.com


Seaborn Giveaway on Goodreads!

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Goodreads Book Giveaway

Seaborn by Chris Howard


by Chris Howard

Giveaway ends August 01, 2012.

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Making a scroll…

Are we slowly moving away from the codex format for books? Who knows. In the meantime–well, at least this summer–I'm going to be making scrolls! Here's the link to a good view of the entire piece:


I'm working on a prototype scroll–and I mean twelve feet of illustration rolled onto two scroll bars that can be rolled out on a tabletop. See the full pic for a snapshot of one section of the illo as well as me sawing one of the bars and rolled out shot from the printers.

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UPS just dropped off a box…

Two proof copies of the trade paper edition of Seaborn. I'm going to put these in for a GoodReads Giveaway.


Seaborn book covers!

Here's the latest rev of the new Seaborn book cover for the trade edition. Click the pic for the full view.


Saltwater Witch Promo poster

I had a QR Code project going over the weekend for GBeCS–where my kids go to school.  It involved dropping the school logo into the center of the code and a bit of recoloring while maintaining enough of the code to be read.  From there I started goofing with my own QR code that will get viewers  to SaltwaterWitch.com (those with smart phones and a QR code reader app, which means just about everyone, right?).

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What I’m working on…

SeabornAppSampleHoping to submit an update to Apple this weekend. I'm working on Version 3 of the Seaborn Books and Art iPhone app, which includes bug fixes, enhancements, and an entirely new feature called "Ocean View", a set of artistic image filters that will give any photo or illustration an underwater look.  Version 3 of the Seaborn app is going live with five Ocean View filters: Shallows, Biologic, Beams, Rust, and The Tide. 

Shallows attempts to recreate that shallow-water experience of bands and rings of light.

Biologic is a tinting and blending filter that allows you to merge your photos with some of the built-in underwater images of marine flora and fauna.

Beams overlays some vertical bands of light with some contrast and tint adjustments.

Rust…never sleeps. This will significantly alter the copy of the image you run through it.  (See the examples in the workflow below).

The Tide takes a few passes to overlay a rising tide halfway across an image.

With this release the blending, alpha, color, and other values are set for each filter and can't be adjusted, but I'm already working on the next version, which will add new filters and allow greater flexibility with each–sliders for parameter values and the ability to add custom image overlays.  In version 3 the filters employ a bit of randomness with each pass, producing different results almost every time. 

Version 3 will also have built-in sharing features that allow you to post your Ocean View creations–with comments–onTwitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and other social platforms.  You can also email copies of your images and save to the camera roll or photo albums on your iPhone.

Here's my workflow diagram–click to view full-sized: