Man vs. Machine

Hand-Drawn

Hand-Drawn

WHILE ZACH, Zoey and Pilot are new to most of the rest of the world, Patrick, Liliana and I (along with the rest of the team) have been living with them almost daily for a long time.

For Chrismahanukwanzakah last year, I sent Patrick a special request for something all my own that I selfishly wouldn’t have to share and could hang in my office: an original ZZP drawing.

Digital

Digital

One problem: There is no original art, per se. Yes, of course, Patrick masterfully executes each illustration you see online and in print, but he does so exclusively on a Mac Pro and has for many years. (Hard to believe, but the Mac turns 30 this year!)

I’ve known Pat for 18 years and had never made a request like this, so he knew it was important to me. As he said, “I’ll take out my old drawing tools, covered with dust, and see what happens.” A month or so after the holidays, I received what instantly became one of my most cherished possessions: the only pen-and-ink watercolor ZZP original on paper.

To connect the old days with the new, Pat “sketched out” a digital version before tackling it by hand. As you might expect, it looks somewhat different than the finished product. To show you how he works, below is the digital version alongside the hand-executed — a bit of a John Henry: The Steel Driving Man comparison. You be the judge! Which do you like better: digital or hand-drawn?

 

 

 

How To Go From Here to There

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THIS WILL BE the longest entry — ever, by a country mile — that will appear on this blog. It has often been my experience, though, that people frequently ask the same question about any creative endeavor: What inspired this project? So I figured I’d beat everyone to the chase.

It might seem odd that someone who has spent his career focused almost exclusively on niche media projects about men’s luxury lifestyle would create a children’s-book series (and more) for kids ages 4 to 7. But I like to think there’s more to me than a singular (superficial, some would say) subject. For one, I’m also a dad (hello, Miss Dash) and a godfather (hello, Mr. Teddy). And it’s nice to be able to create something that those around you will embrace. Yet Zach, Zoey and Pilot go well beyond that now — bringing them to life is, in fact, a far-flung collaborative effort. Continue reading