How an Illustration is Made

Which Navy is Stronger; England’s or Americas.

Teddy Roosevelt and Queen Victoria Battle it Out!

Below you will see how the latest illustration from Speak Softly and Carry a Sticky Wicket was made. This is the latest in the Mr. Pelinger’s House series where Teddy Roosevelt and Queen Victoria battle it out as celebrity contestants in the house.

Every Wednesday as the story develops we will let you see the newest illustration and its process from sketches to the finished drawing. So now, sit back, and take a look…

Come back every Wednesday and see which ruler beats the heck out of the other verbally, mentally, and in all other ways…

So who do you think is winning this week? Which country is better? Tell us below in the comment section.

Till next Wednesday have a Cherio Time!

~Mr. Pelinger

How an Illustration is Made

Are England’s Natural Wonders Better than Americas?

Below you will see how the latest illustration from Speak Softly and Carry a Sticky Wicket was made. This is the latest in the Mr. Pelinger’s House series where Teddy Roosevelt and Queen Victoria battle it out as celebrity contestants in the house.

Every Wednesday as the story develops we will let you see the newest illustration and its process from sketches to the finished drawing. So now, sit back, and take a look…

England’s Natural Wonders:

America’s Natural Wonders:

Come back every Wednesday and see which ruler beats the heck out of the other verbally, mentally, and in all other ways…

So who do you think is winning this week? Which country is better? Tell us below in the comment section.

Till next Wednesday have a Cherio Time!

~Mr. Pelinger

Kids Really Get High Here!

On Sugar for 212 years…

Welcome back to the wacky news from the magical whimsical side of Salem! I am Mr. Zac spilling all the odd secrets of this quirky town. Here is a tale of how a candy company started from a shipwreck and became a favorite of luckier sailors.

The Ye Olde Pepper Company started in 1806 when an English woman named Spencer was shipwrecked and landed in Salem. She started making gibralters which the sailors took on their voyages. You still can get these sweet treasures made for those salty devils. Though not in their original location, they only went around the corner across from the House of the Seven Gables on Derby Street. Originally they were on Turner Street. Stop by and pick up some chocolate made on the spot or maybe some blackjacks.

Pick up the first book of the Salem Trilogy, A Walk Through Salem, at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, The Witch House, or Remember Salem.

 

Cheers
~Mr. Zac

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.

Can Your Name this Salem Local?

Have you seen this guy?

Around October, he is the host of Terror and Fantasy Art Show….

Here is the Finished Illustration from A Walk Through Salem, the first book in the Salem Trilogy. This summer a new Augmented Reality version of the book will be published where the images in the book pop off the page into Salem as you walk through town.

So can you guess his name? The great thing about the Salem Trilogy is that the characters in the book do really walk through town every day, granted they are not always as magical as they appear in the book, but you do get that Wizard of Oz moment, “You and you, were there!”

Pick up the first book of the Salem Trilogy, A Walk Through Salem, at Barnes & Noble, Amazon.com, The Witch House, or Remember Salem.

 

Cheers
~Mr. Zac

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.

New Illustrations for Speak Softly and Carry a Sticky Wicket!

OOH! AH!

This is the second illustration for the latest in the Mr. Pelinger’s House series. Mr. Pelinger invites the Foster siblings to be contestants in a game show where the celebrity guests are Teddy Roosevelt and Queen Victoria battling over the supremacy of art, music, culture, natural wonders, vehicles, and just about everything between America and England. The only problem is that the two didn’t fare well through Pelinger’s Wormhole attached to his house through time; they came back a little short and distorted like their political cartoons.

So sit back and enjoy over the next few weeks as we show you the latest illustrations from the book and the process of how they are made. This week the two heads of state fight like Trump and Biden behind the White House. Which country has the best natural wonders? Let us know below.

Natural Wonders!

Parts

Finished American Piece:

 

England Natural Wonders

Parts

 

Finished English Piece:

So which one do you think? What country has the most amazing outdoor wonders? Tell us below.

Cheers,
Chris

For now, you can buy the first book in the series Mr. Pelinger’s House & Intergalactic Roadshow where Sitting Bull and General Custer battle it out in a three-ring circus over the Foster Siblings souls inside the house that is bigger in the inside than the outside. Available in eBook and in print at our website at www.salemhousepress.com. Support local authors and illustrators! When you buy directly from us we can pass the savings on that the distributor would have taken out of our authors’ and artists’ mouths and we can pay them much quicker than the 90-day trade terms. Thank you for your support!

 

New Illustrations for Speak Softly and Carry a Sticky Wicket!

Welcome!

This is the first illustration for the latest in the Mr. Pelinger’s House series. Mr. Pelinger invites the Foster siblings to be contestants in a gameshow where the celebrity guests are Teddy Roosevelt and Queen Victoria battling over the supremacy of art, music, culture, natural wonders, vehicles, and just about everything between America and England. Only problem is that the two didn’t fare well through Pelinger’s Wormhole attached to his house through time; they came back a little short and distorted like their political cartoons.

So sit back and enjoy over the next few weeks as we show you the latest illustrations from the book and the process of how they are made.

The Battle over the Navies! 

The Parts:

Finished Illustration: 

Which side do you think is winning? England or America. Tell us below.

Cheers,
Chris

For now you can buy the first book in the series Mr Pelinger’s House & Intergalactic Roadshow where Sitting Bull and General Custer battle it out in a three ring circus over the Foster Siblings souls inside the house that is bigger in the the inside than the outside. Available in eBook and in print at our website at www.salemhousepress.com. Support local authors and illustrators! When you buy directly from us we can pass the savings on that the distributor would of taken out of our authors and artists mouths and we can pay them much quicker than the 90 day trade terms. Thank you for your support!

The Book A Walk Through Salem Where You are the Main Character

Available from Salem to California in Barnes & Noble….

A Walk Through Salem 2nd edition cover with the Unzipping Tree.

The magical whimsical tales set in Salem that has entertained thousands is in its second edition and available at Barnes & Noble and your favorite independent booksellers throughout the country. The tale that began when Mr. Zac invited you through the Unzipping Tree to see flying fish, churches turned into rocket ships, tall ships dropping anchor next to parking meters, and Vikings storming Dead Horse Beach! A tale filled with witches, werewolves, and Frankenstein’s Monster. A tale in which you are the main character…

Vikings stormin Dead Horse Beach in Salem from A walk Through Salem

Many wonderful illustrations turn local favorite locations into something of merry and mirth.  The tale has the flavor of Willie Wonka in ire, Alice in Wonderland in absurdity, and the “..you were there, and you!” feeling of the Wizard of Oz. Because the characters in the book walk the streets of Salem for real! Just not as magical during the sunlit hours…

The goodship Friendship sailing from Salem to Neverland past the moon across the stars with the Baron Munchausen flying past on a cannonball.

A tale in which you venture through, but may never return from. In it you acquire the aid of Mr. Zac who is posthumously played by Ed Wynn. This was his final and immortal part. It follows the structure of the Journey of the Hero laid out by Joseph Campbell. A format that Lord of the Rings, Percival, King Arthur, and Star Wars follows. Truly magical!

Mr. Zac from the Salem Trilogy illustrated by Chris Dowgin and published by Salem House Press.So pick up this tale and begin the Salem Trilogy and walk through the Unzipping Tree which appears every night after dusk on the Salem Common in real life and see where it takes you. You will not regret it.

The Dream bagger from A walk Through Salem Illustrated by Chris Dowgin published by Salem House Press.Available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, The Witch House, Wicked Good Books, and Remember Salem. If your bookseller does not carry it ask for it by name from Salem House Press. Then pick up the next two books in the trilogy.

eBooks are available direct from Salem House Press with animated extras and Amazon.com. A Walk Through Salem was twice a winner of the Mass Cultural Commision Grant.

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.

Can you Name This Salem Local

Can You Name the Local Who Posed for this Illustration?

His nickname is Dr. P and the Prince of Derby Street. He wore a fashionable derby hat. He was a bartender at the PLAV. He worked at the power plant in Salem and  was brave enough to drink a Greek liquor made out of rattlesnake venom.

Can you guess his name? Place your guesses in the comment section below.

He appears in A Walk Under Salem. Continue your journey by reading this second book in the trilogy which is available at Barnes & Noble, Wicked Good Books, The Witch House, Remember Salem,  and on Amazon.com.

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.

Can You Name the Local from Salem

Can You Name the Local Who Posed for this Illustration?

See the great thing about the Salem Trilogy, is that they are filled with real people you will see walking down the street. Remember when you read the book in Salem as the main character, you are actually in the story and the people on the pages of the book are actually walking past you, if you time things right…

 

Its like that moment when Dorothy returns from OZ and realizes that the farmhands where in OZ as the Tinman, The Cowardly Lion, and Scarecrow.

So can you name him? Here is a link to him playing harmonica with Sweet Pie (adult music).

A Walk Through Salem the fairy tale set in the whimsical magical side of Salem in which you are the main character. Available at Remember Salem, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com Or you can buy it directly from www.salemhousepress.com and give more of the profit to the author. Look for new AR version coming out this Summer.

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.

How an Illustration is Made

Images from the Salem Trilogy of Books

Below you will see the steps from sketches to comps.

Graphite drawings are done on separate pieces of paper, scanned, and then painted. They are scanned again and composed like Colorforms on Photoshop until the final illustration is created. Take a look!

That is how the illustration for Ratatoskr and Charlie Bumpus in front of the Essex Institute from A walk Through Salem was made.

Read about Ratatoskr who lives in front of the Essex Institute in A Walk Through Salem the fairy tale set in the whimsical magical side of Salem in which you are the main character. Available at Remember Salem, Wicked Good Books, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.com Or you can buy it directly fromwww.salemhousepress.com and give more of the profit to the author. Look for new AR version coming out this Summer.

~ Mr. Zac

Come back every Tuesday at 3PM for new stories about Salem and images from the Salem Trilogy.