For the past few days I’ve been working on an idea for a new coloring book. I’ve worked up a few sample images in order to present it to the publisher.
Working this week on generating some new projects. I proposed a coloring book idea to one of the publishers I’ve worked for in the past, and am working on a few test samples to give an idea of where I’m going with it. I’ll likely do another like this tomorrow and perhaps color one of them. In the past I’ve worked in a ‘scratchboard/woodcut’ style for my coloring book projects, but I’m going to try something a little bit different this time.
One of the interesting side effects of working on these “Who Was” books for Penguin, is the fact that they are also published in various ‘foreign editions’ (which they very nicely send me copies of from time to time). While this is not the first time my work has appeared in other countries (I’ve previously done work for magazines in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Germany and Holland, among others), I believe this is my first experience with foreign editions of books I have appeared in.
For the record, the cover illustrations are not by me, I mostly do the interior illustrations (except for one title, ‘What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?’, which I did back in 2014)
From 2017, the fifteenth book in the “Who Was/What Was” series that I illustrated for Penguin Young Readers, was “What Is the U.S. Constitution?” These books generally consisted of 80 or so black and white interior illustrations ranging in size from small spots to two page spreads. All of the illustrations for this book posted on this blog for the first time.
From 2017, another in the series of “Who Was/What Was” books from Penguin Young Readers. These projects are usually in the neighborhood of 80 black and white illustrations of various sizes, from small spots to double page spreads. This one rivaled the ‘Chicago Fire’ project in complexity and scope, with many large crowd scenes and battle scenes and architecture. This was the 14th of these books I’d illustrated, and here are all the illustrations posted for the first time.