Last time I was in the desert I witnessed a life-or-death chase between a coyote and a jackrabbit. I wanted both of them to win… the jack pinballed between the creosote, changing direction lickety-split, again and again, with the coyote close behind. The coyote lost, eventually. I’m glad I didn’t have to witness a jackrabbit death that hot afternoon. The hare disappeared into one of the bushes and the coyote jumped straight up, again and again, trying to see over the creosote, trying to see where his dinner went.

Anyway. That’s where this latest poster idea came from. Come out to the show July 23rd and enjoy an evening in Nevada City with the Western Family Orchestra!

I wanted to draw the coyote jumping, because that was the most amazing thing to watch, but it looked too (sorry, Land Of Enchantment…) NEW MEXICO on paper. Like Kokopelli and his dang flute were about to join in and dance or something. So I made him more stalker-y, hunter-y. The tiny thumbnail in the lower right was the last thing I drew. The layout then made sense to me.

Trying to figure out how to make a rabbit disappear! Into the creosote bush.

Getting there but TOO BUSY. Lose the other creosote lumps to distill the story down to its essence. And what was I thinking with that typeface?

Way better but needs less detail in the branches, it’s too distracting. Still not happy with type. It’s placement and emphasis isn’t working for me.

Ta-daaa! Now I just have to screen the dang things…