Instant post using an iPhone, no idea if the color looks good or not…
I think this post marks the transition from bridge blog to watercolour books and Art. I have decided to actually DO things instead of report on them. Besides like I said in the last post the Happy Pontist is killing it on bridges!
This is a watercolour sketch of a small farm house I did yesterday while my wife was working with her horse. The colors in the image are off a bit because I am still trying to figure out how to photograph them with my iphone.
Obviously my blog is going towards Art, I mean, who can compete with the Happy Pontist!
I did a test this weekend where I did a quick watercolor sketch and added one of my 3D robots. I like the style and I think it may be the basis of my next children’s book.
The image is large so you can open it in a new window and use it as a screen background. (Of course that is a good idea. )
Another robot coffee break “painting”. I submitted my books to some agents hoping to get some traction in picture books. (Stories I have read, says that it takes up to ten years to get a book deal….)
To top it off, my illustrations are not typical of those found in children’s books. So what do you think is this an appropriate style for a book?
coffebreak play. I can’t explain everything….
Hey I made the image in a new ACI book!
ACI Reinforced Concrete Design Manual — Coming in Summer 2015
Trying to market sucks, that’s why I became an engineer instead of going to business school. Everybody says, use social media to reach your audience!
I’m terrible at social media. I don’t tweet or facebook or Instagram or…anything. Even this blog has seen better days…
What I like to do is create odd stuff, like concept images for another book.
Click for full size.
The hardest part of making these books is actually getting the word out about them. It comes down to endless self-promotion or finding an Oprah of the bridge world to tweet you!
I made a quick video which may explain the books to viewers… I also looked into printing them and it is not finacially feasible without a publisher or a good Kickstarter campaign (which I may try…).
This may look better on YouTube, wordpress has a problem with HD videos…..
Hi, I wrote two children’s e-books on bridge building robots and I want to give them away for free. (pdf download links below.)
Why am I giving them away for free? Well, I want kids to be interested in bridges and I thought the books would be an entertaining way to introduce kids to bridges! And to be honest, I would love it if I could find a (paper) publisher for my books. (So if you know anybody in the publishing industry…)
I am also going to ask two favors if you download the e-books.
1) Donate some money to the Animal Rescue League of Iowa (ARL.org) (links below)
2) If you like the books (or you hate them), go to Amazon and give my books a review. You don’t have to buy them to give a review. (links below)
REVIEWS Please! (or buy the book)
Using them on a computer.
The books look good (I think) on a computer or an ipad or on a phone or… you get the idea. To view the book full screen on a computer, type Ctrl-l (L) and use the “esc” button to get back out of full screen.
NieKo – The Bridge Building Robot
NieKo is an introduction to building simple concrete beam highway bridges. These bridges are everywhere in the United States and around the world. The robots entertain the kids while they (and their parents) learn about bridges!
No Bridge! No Fair! (Bridge Building Robots)
Update: if you view this on an iPad and the colors are crazy use the Adobe reader app (free) and it looks perfect.
How do you get across the river to the fair if the bridge washes out? You build a new one! In this book I used the names of our cats Eddie, Pete, and Rose along with our dogs Emma, Maggie and Betty and our horse Dudley! (Don’t forget my wife is in there as well…)
Download a free e-book pdf by clicking on the image below.
I received a good idea for the next book from the Happy Pontist (best bridge blog on the web) and I’m trying to figure out a good story. (Or a lousy story, hey I’m an engineer.)
Remember donate if you can and I would appreciate reviews,