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From the Digital Sketchbook

As I mentioned a post or so ago, and also as a footnote to this entry, I started making digital sketches of my two girls who for the purposes of art have taken the names Verisimilitude and Moxie.


I started making V&M illustrations about a year ago as a way to explore some Photoshop processes, tablet techniques and design principles. Those are posted on their own site here.

Now I’m knee-deep in the design of a 32pp children’s book using those characters. These illustrations are looser and simpler. Here’s what a digital double-page spread looks like on the first pass, which is a fast-and-loose sketch:

VM page sketch

I’m designing page backgrounds/panels, making lots of little objects, and then will draw the dogs and drop them in later along with the text. Here’s a few doo-dads for another page:

good thing list

This is one of the more complicated backgrounds for another double-page spread. Most of the heavy lifting is done on this image, but I still have to go in and add details: tree branches and leaves, flowers, garden plants, ground cover, birds and squirrels, dog toys, etc., then drop in the girls and text:

back yard photoshop cropped

And finally here’s a sketch of Verisimilitude (“Veri”) that pretty well captures her demeanor:

charlotte standing sketch 1

Back to work!

Verisimilitude (or truthlikeness) is a philosophical concept that distinguishes between the relative and apparent (or seemingly so) truth and falsity of assertions and hypotheses.[1] The problem of verisimilitude is the problem of articulating what it takes for one false theory to be closer to the truth than another false theory.[2][3]


MOCKS-ee, n.
Having moxie means having enough cleverness, skill, creativity, fortitude and cajones to solve (or, at least, to get out of) a difficult and personally threatening situation.

Originally a Yiddish word, popularized by Moxie soda and the Kingdom of Loathing. The caffienated soda tried to add ‘vigor and energy’ to the idea of moxie; and KoL invented the adjective (moxious), and made ‘moxie’ also imply stylishness, accordion skills, and the ability to mix really good drinks.

(Having moxie doesn’t always imply that you’re the tricksy chutzpah who caused this situation in the first place, but the terms aren’t mutually exclusive either.)

Think Anansi, Bre’r Rabbit, Robin Hood, etc.

“Sure, you’d like to burn off his hair in his sleep. But do you have the moxie to get away with it?”



Graphic designer / project manager / gardener living in Denver, Colorado.

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