I hope that everyone is having a great summer! It’s been a while since I’ve given an update on Red Bella, the book and our direction. I am eager to be back to share everything with you.
The last time I posted I mentioned that we had been invited to attend the Italian day parade in San Francisco which we did! All I can say is that it was an amazing experience! There were well over 20,000 people in attendance that day and it was located near the fisherman’s wharf. We had my Alfa Romeo 164 Q with one Italian flag hanging out the rear passenger side window and a Red Bella flag hanging out of the other rear passenger window. Everyone was cheering and smiling when they saw our car but the most amazing thing was getting mentioned by the parade announcer on the loud speaker at the end of the procession. It almost moved me to tears! The only thing I wish is that I had gotten more pictures from inside the car. Next time I will be sure to document the day much better!
Since then, I have been busy writing and drawing the drafts for each page of the next book. Sketching out the book in draft form takes the longest time because I have to put lots of thought into the placement of the characters, the action in the frames and facial expressions in relation to the dialog. I also had to make several revisions to the story to make it flow right but I’ve finally drafted out the entire book. Now I can finally start drawing the finished version of each page. It still will take a while to do, but it at least its all down hill from here!
During the process of doing my books, I have made many friendships around the world. When I first started Red Bella, I never knew that so many people would be interested in my art. A few months ago I was contacted by my friend Nicole, from the The Netherlands, whose uncle Hendrik was in the hospital. He had cancer and the prognosis for survival was not good. Since Hendrik was an Avid Alfa Romeo Enthusiast, they had the idea that possibly I could draw his Alfa for him which I did. I sent them the drawing which they had enlarged and printed onto a large canvas. They presented it to their uncle which he absolutely loved! I was told that I made him a very happy man. Sadly he passed away shortly afterward, but I’m glad that I was able to do that for him to say the least. My hope was that my art could bring a little bit of happiness to him during that time.
Til next time, Hope you’re having a gorgeous sunny month wherever you are. Have a great day!