The great thing about writing a book these days is that the technology available is amazing!
I make videos. A LOT of videos. With my online carving school, I add a video each week. And that’s adds up to a LOT (as of today, almost 4 terabytes stored)
So, since I have had over 2-1/2 years of experience in making video lessons, why not include this technology with my book?
To start with – the book. I plan on having this an interactive book (available both in hard cover and “e-book” form). This book will have step-by-step written instructions with photos that can be taken out to the workshop where you can refer to while you are carving. For the printed version, I would like to have the book spiral bound, so it can lay flat on the workbench – sort of like a cookbook that can open flat. With the “e-book”, I guess that’s not necessary 🙂
Next – videos! With each chapter lesson that goes through a project, I will have 2 videos – one on drawing that particular acanthus leaf, and one on carving the entire leaf. The set-up and style of the videos will be similar to the ones on my online school (I don’t know any other way!)
These videos will be available online for people who purchase the book. We have decided against DVDs, as that technology is SO yesterday. Seriously, by the time I finish this book late next year (oh, it is 2015? yikes – this year, I mean), the technology and options will be even more amazing.
Let’s see… what else? Printable templates for each project will also be available online.
Also (and this is SO cool!) my sister-in-law, Sara, is an awesome computer artist and she is going to work on making each acanthus leaf design a 3-d computer image that can be twisted and turned so that you will be able to view it from any angle. Not sure how this is going to work, but wouldn’t that be great?
So, with the help of the guys at Lost Art Press, and their expertise with publishing books and the technology that goes with it, this is going to be so much fun!
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