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Book Cover Illustration Idea


I get a kick out of combining traditional watercolor work with 'shop techniques. The advantages of both "looks" facilitate all kinds of visual possibilities.

Comments (4)

Doc Al:

Reminds me of a guy I knew who painted lightswitch covers to match the background wallpaper. Oh, wait, that was me.


So people like Doc Al are the reason I enter some rooms and can't find the $#^$& light switch! ;)

Doc Al:

My family's been doing stuff like that for years - I remember back in the wallpaper-crazy '70's and '80's watching my grandfather wrapping wallpaper scraps around the switchplates and outlet covers.


IMO, the biggest reason for hard-to-find light switches--for most people--is left-handed contractors.

I can remember paper-hangers swapping out really nice switch plates with generic, paper-wrapped plastic ones. If you weren't paying attention, they'd take the nice ones (usually for resale, sometimes for themselves). One of hundreds of nice little ways thieving contractors pad their paychecks.


John Cox is a painter, cartoonist, and illustrator for hire. For information about purchasing existing work or commissioning new work, contact him by e-mail at john555cox [at] hotmail.com.

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