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Eff Me I Have Writer’s Block.

Posted by on Apr 27, 2010 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 1 comment

There I am. Day 1 of getting back into writing Lila. Pretty excited when I started, but about ten minutes after taking this picture, it started going downhill.

I was in my office, and immediately felt it wasn’t going to work. Surroundings are very important to me when I write. I have to be in the right place. So I unplugged my laptop from it’s office lifelines and walked into the living room.

I sat down on the couch, and started looking at the Word files I had created for Lila in 2005, 2006, and 2008. Fuck me, had it really been that long? Apparently yes, which was kind of a burn, because seriously I am writing basically a short story, not a novel, or even novella…why didn’t I finish this in 2005, 2006, or 2008? Beating myself up instead of writing. Typical.

Ten minutes after that I felt extremely tired. I had to nap. If I have to nap, it means I’m really tired, because really, I never nap. Or I’m avoiding writing.

I woke up cold. Apparently the jacket I pulled over myself while napping wasn’t enough. I got up, grabbed the “fetus” blanket, which is the most amazing $200 I’ve ever spent in my life and wrapped it around myself. It’s this soft, warm, grey blanket so comforting it feels like you’re back in the womb, or what I envision being in a womb must feel like. Safe. No writing.

I walked into the kitchen and tried to decide what I should…drink. You see today is also the first day of my seven-day juice fast. So, no eating. Just drinking. Juice. Maybe this is why I have writer’s block. I don’t think I’ve ever tried to write while juice fasting. I also kinda cheated and dipped a baby spoon into the honey jar, and let the honey melt on my tongue. I’m NOT supposed to have honey on my juice fast. Just juice. And tea. And vegetable broth. So I feel kinda bad about the honey.

I made tea. Some bizarre herbal tea from Poland with pear extract and some herb I can’t pronounce, but maybe the herb wasn’t good for my writer’s block…and I added lemon juice, and honey. I’m NOT supposed to have honey on my juice fast. Fuck.

And then to distract myself further I decided to Skype with my parents, which didn’t go well, because they just bitched about my sister, and about how I need to fly out to Toronto and talk some sense into her. Yet, they won’t pay for my plane ticket and a hotel room. Even though, hello! I have a life and clients, and need to work and write, and really can’t take the time off right now, or afford to take the time off right now. And really, why should I be paying for something THEY want me to do. Not that I don’t want to hang with my sis…

So another really great distraction for writer’s block is writing a blog about my writer’s blog. Yup…kinda a cop out. But whatever, it’s where I’m at.

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It is working!

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 0 comments

In response to your P.S request, i did not have to drag the 5 year old to my place after all. I now have the application of posting other things besides texts. So here is this picture of the infamous cleavage.

dorotacleavage

I completely forgot about the day we took pictures of your sister! You have such good memory. I may still have these pictures somewhere on the very few disc i salvaged from the fire. You know, she would be the perfect Lila! I can’t beleive she would be pissed at you for posting the pic. She is after all a knock-out and i think she would enjoy being called a beautiful creature. (Well she is)

Yep Lila would have to be on the Gothic side, a sexy dangerous babe. My friend Rissa is an incredible photographer and we already spoke in collaborating together in finding the perfect Lila. Well now that the project is developing, i will get in touch with her and see. Rissa already sent me some inspiration photos she had taken of one of her model and my firend Robert transfered the photo onto a canvas. This process is very new to me but when applying the acrylic and ink overtop of it, i think that the results will turn out quite nicely. But i need to get a proof test and see the results first. This pic transfer has been pinned to my upcoming project wall in my studio since last august, now it is time to get started. Perhaps i will get a head start on monday on my day off and send a photo and see if your like this art direction. I could on the weekend but i have 2 really heavy parties to go to(i am 40, up until 2.00 am will kill me for 2 days ah!) and sunday i am helping some friends paint their new apartment…So yeah monday.

WTF your getting on the third book now! Can you slow down a bit man! hee hee… Christmas cowboy…hummm…Very interesting. And NO you have not told me anything about this yet. OK, i think that would be quite appropriate with our Western background won’t it? :-)

Well that’s it for now…More later!

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Lila

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 0 comments

All this discussion about Lila and we didn’t put in the only clue we have so far about what she looks like…This was one of the last images in The Dentist and The Toothfairy.

When I started writing those last few paragraphs of The Dentist and the Toothfairy I remember visualizing Lila as a goth girl–yet slight and feminine. Kind of like my sister… I’m sorry Jerome, I don’t want to start influencing your creative flow about what Lila is going to look like. But it’s how she still lives in my head.

And holy crap did I just have a flashback. Remember when you were still living in Calgary and I came to visit and my sister was there too, and we were trying to get her to take some pictures for Lila, and she was freaking out about it? She either didn’t want to be the muse for our book, or she secretly doesn’t like us. Maybe she feels we’re not cool enough to be associated with her. Maybe that’s why she doesn’t want to be associated with Lila–because she doesn’t think it’s going to be “cool” enough. Or maybe she doesn’t want the attention it will bring her when Lila becomes this international cult classic sought after by all the “cool” kids.

Whatevs.

Do you think she’ll be pissed when she sees I posted this pic of her?

And by the way, the other day, I thought of a great ending and segway into the third book. Have I talked to you about that yet? It’s called: Christmas Cowboy. Here’s what’s crazy. I already have the third book written. I don’t know how the hell that happened, but obviously I didn’t plan all of this well, or maybe I did. Things happen the way they are supposed to happen.

p.s. I WANT THE SUPPOSEDLY GREAT CLEAVAGE SHOT PIC!!!! Call the five year old, and figure out how to post it. Or better yet, CALL ME! Or I guess I could try emailing you instructions…

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Jerome diary no.1

Posted by on Apr 15, 2010 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 2 comments

Well here we are, Dorota and I sharing the same Blog. Even though we have been updating each other’s work over the telephone, via e-mails and our meet-ups in Montreal for the past years since The Dentist and the Toothfairy, Dorota came in with this idea of publically sharing a blog about the development of our up-coming adventure, Lila.

I thought this it was a fantastic idea! However, I am not a very good writer (that’s her forte) and besides, English is my second language (French being my birth one) Soooo…. Bare with me with some spelling errors and cope with some backwards written moments :-) Anyways…yeah…As long as I am making myself understood, that is what counts right?

For those who are familiar with the first book The Dentist and the Toothfairy, you may remember this character at the end of the story named Lila. She was the last and final illustration I drew for the book. In the end of the first book Lila left us readers on an exclamation and questionable mark…A wonder about her…And yes, we wanted to know more about this new character that was suddenly introduced, yet, suddenly gone.

A classic cliffhanger.

Well there will be an answer to the whereabouts of this mystical Lila and this Blog will slowly show how this character will develop through Dorota’s writing. And as of me, I will be in charge of creating a visual of our new heroine and the characters involved in this new story. This part you will witness too.

Let me say this, a challenge is also arising that makes me a little nervous. In the first story the Dentist and the Toothfairy were based upon one of my painting. Therefore, the image I had of them has been already created. Of course there were additional characters that I had to create upon Dorota’s The Dentist and the Toothfairy book like… Crown, Mr Colgate etc…But now with Lila, it is like a reversal of the medal. Lila already exists in Dorota’s mind and I have to come up with her…Visually.

I do have a little idea of what Lila will look like, she has been in my thinking camp for a few years since Dorota told me once that Lila will continue to exist and be the main character of her new story.

…And I can promise you that…

Lila will deliver this same craftsmanship as The Dentist and the Toothfairy, only with a twist. This is my surprise to you and she will look just as sexy as Dorota cleavage….Shit did I write this out loud?

The making of The Dentist and the Toothfairy book was intense and highly detailed (imagery wise) AND if you keep reading our Blog you will soon discover the faith of the book as far as the art is concerned. I have plenty of ideas that are already set in my mind, now the tic-tac-tic-tac sound awaits me with the script!

More to come…

Ah and yeah, this blog is not just based on work, but it is based on a fun and inventive, collaborative of two artists.

Dorota and me.

Then, all you need to do is to witness it and keep reading!

Yeah…!

PS: Dorota, I do have the picture of the cleavage you spoke about but this blog won’t let me upload it…Want it to post? I must be missing an application- insert pics- thiggy button in my program… Am i blind? Am i missing it? Am i not seeing it? Do i need glasses? Contact lenses? A magnifying glass? Should I call my neighbor? The police? Some hippies with higher knowledge? 5 years old kids that are more cybered than me? Do i have to blow of sleep with the computer?  HELP! :-)))

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Welcome to Dorota and Jerome’s Diary.

Posted by on Apr 13, 2010 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 0 comments

Where to begin…how about I tore my office apart looking for this one super cute of picture of me and Jerome. According to Jerome I have great cleavage in this picture, which is a bit of a suspect statement as I don’t believe I have great cleavage ever, but hey, never argue yourself out of a compliment.

I didn’t find that picture. I found this one instead. It’s circa 2002, Montreal, Quebec; a place where so many great memories reside…

But I digress, and that’s OK, because this is now the official site of mine and Jerome’s diary, and I ALWAYS digress when writing in a diary. So what are we doing? What is this diary all about? Well…it’s been five years since we collaborated on The Dentist and the Toothfairy. And that book was never meant to end. It was meant to go on, it was meant to be a series of books.

In case you don’t recall the ending went something like this:

The Dentist’s wife wandered the farmer’s market singing softly to herself. Drawn to the sweet aroma of amaryllis, she paused to buy a bouquet for her husband’s office. As she drank in the flowers’ potent fragrance, she was overcome with the unsettling feeling of being watched. She glanced around for the source of her unease.

Lila hid behind the fine scarves she was considering for her next tryst. The rare and exquisite beauty she had spotted earlier was now looking her way. She was even more enchanting in full view.

Enraptured, Lila watched the object of her ardor roam the market until her mind was saturated with desire and the sun’s rays burned the earth from the crest of the sky.

Finally Lila approached her infatuation.

And there’s more, but I just realized that would be giving the ending away and maybe that’s not the best idea… The point is, at the end of The Dentist and the Toothfairy, we’re introduced to Lila, wearing hard, steel-plated boots adorned with chilling weapons of self-defense. And that is really the beginning of the next book in the Dark Love series: Lila.

So this diary. It is meant to do two things: 1) Give you, the reader, the follower of our adventure a peek into the often neurotic mind of the artist as we work towards completing this second book, and 2) Provide me and Jerome a place to share our thoughts and vent our frustrations and exclaim tidings of joy, and create a tempo for finishing this project. Sometimes you need the process to come alive and serve as motivation for delivering the final product. And the final product could be many different and wonderful things. Stay tuned.

p.s. Jerome, if you have the picture I am talking about, let me know:)

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The Artist Jerome

The Artist Jerome

Posted by on Apr 3, 2010 in The Dentist and The Toothfairy | 0 comments

I am a painter. I paint words and scenarios. I am not a bookworm. Occasionally I read articles and passages that catch my curiosity, or research book chapters to prepare for a painting, but in my first thirty-five years of life I had only read seven books.

One day I received an e-mail from Dorota with a manuscript attached. The document had a familiar title: The Dentist and The Toothfairy. She had written a story based on the painting she had purchased from me a year earlier. I was about to read my eighth book.

It was my turn to be moved. I traveled back in time to reconstruct The Dentist and The Toothfairy, characters who had previously existed only on a painted canvas. I reinvented them into illustrative characters for the book’s storyline. My lifetime book readings soon exceeded a hundred, as I read the story over and over to understand what was expected of me as an illustrator.

I did not think twice about illustrating a book based on Dorota’s story. The distance between Calgary and San Diego was challenging at times, but a great and fun synergy developed. Altogether the process was smooth and, foremost, stimulating.

The story inspired me. Not because it was based on my painting, but because of its accuracy toward real life. It is a fairy tale that does not deal with magic wands and wizards, but with existence, pain, happiness, sorrow, and choices and paths—ideas we can all relate to. The Dentist and The Toothfairy stands as a true and insightful tale of our time.

This book was written and illustrated as an art piece. Its story and images are life turned into art. As with all art, The Dentist and The Toothfairy was realized for you to escape to once in a while; to ponder its meaning; or to simply enjoy its beauty. It is an imaginative, collaborative creation that Dorota and I offer to you.

Jerome Prieur
Calgary, 2005

Jerome is an artist currently living and working in Montreal, Quebec.

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