One bite at a time.
Just finished up page 264 of the ‘What Unites Us’ graphic novel. I put together an overview of every page to check on page flow and overall look. I’ll likely be making some tweaks here and there, but for right now I think I’ll pour myself a celebratory glass of whiskey and give a toast to one of the most challenging and most fulfilling projects I’ve ever tackled in my thirty plus year illustration career. Word from the publisher is that this is scheduled for a spring 2020 release.
Heard from a client this week who I haven’t heard from since 2012. The above illustration was was a two page spread for New York Newsday. It was a nice break from the daily routine I’ve been at for the past three months. At one time, this sort of ‘quick turnaround’ work was the lion’s share of my business, but in recent years it has slowed to a mere trickle, while book publishing work has taken over, with their much longer lead times. Meanwhile, I’m still working on the “What Unites Us” graphic novel project, but I am now on the final week, with only about twenty or so pages to go (more samples to share next week on this). I’ve finished up the interior illustrations for the ‘Saints’ book (the last weeks’ output is pictured below) with total ending up at 68 (or 80 if you count all the heads in the ‘duos and sextets’), and I’ll begin working on the color cover illustrations for that project very soon. Looking forward to a relaxing Thanksgiving vacation.
Another week of pretty much the same routine. Averaging about 3 ‘saint portraits’ , plus 3 pages of the ‘What Unites Us’ graphic novel per day. I’m getting near the finish line on both projects (about a week and a half to go), and I’ll have some more samples from the graphic novel next week, but in the meantime, here’s another heaping helping of ‘saint portraits’ for your viewing pleasure.
The ‘What Unites Us’ graphic novel adaptation is entering the 3rd quarter (here’s a few sneak peeks at some of the chapter closing panels, above, and below). Been a wonderful experience so far.
And concurrently, I’ve also been working on a book on Saints for a Catholic publisher out of Boston, and I’ve posted a few ongoing samples of those at the bottom of the post.
Just passing the 2/3 mark and rapidly approaching the 3/4 mark on the “What Unites Us” graphic novel. In the meantime, I am also concurrently working on a series of ‘Saint portraits’ for a catholic publisher in Boston (a sampling shown below), plus I also finished another illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (pictured above). At the bottom of this post is an illustration I did last week for Green Prints. More samples to come next week sometime. Keeping busy.