Most of the workload today was sketches for upcoming projects. I had a holiday card project that needed 6 concepts (bravery in the face of criticism was the theme), plus a magazine illustration for Hudson Valley (the one in color).
Since today’s workload is mostly made up of rough concept sketches, I thought I’d share some old sketches from many years back, that I saved for one reason or another (I actually should be saving a lot more of the unused concepts, who knows, they may come in handy someday).
One of the clients I am currently working for does an annual Xmas card based on an inspirational quote. Some of the sketches from this batch are from previous years’ rejections. I always find it daunting coming up with concepts from what seems like ‘thin air’, but somehow I manage to eventually come up with something that works. The first five sketches in today’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ are from 2015, and the following three are from 2014 (all for the same Xmas card client).
These next sketches are from various sources (mostly rejected ideas for clients), and the years were as follows: Gas Pump (2013, Unknown Client), Light Bulbs (2013, Chronicle of Higher Education), Huddle (2007, Unknown Client)
On the self promotion front, I have to admit, that I’ve been very neglectful of the direct mail postcards of late. I’ve send out Xmas cards to clients the past few years (a very small mailing list), but I haven’t done a full blown, big list mailing for at least a couple years (either 2013 or 2014 was the last time I sent out a full mailing). I’ve been directing the self promotion funds towards other avenues which have proven to be less than adequate on their own, but have finally gotten around to putting together a mailing that will be hitting the mailboxes sometime in the next two weeks (likely while I’m on our trip to Ireland in early October – doh!).
This was an personal favorite image of mine that I actually planned for a postcard a few years ago, but never got around to actually sending out. This will be an oversize card – 6×9 I believe, and I’ll hopefully be able to garner a few cartoon projects out of it.
If you aren’t on the mailing list and would like to be added, drop me an email and I’ll drop one of these postcards in the mail to you.
An assignment for the Chronicle of Higher Education this week. This is a client that I’ve been working with since 1992, and although the frequency of assignments has slowed considerably the past few years, it is nice to still be on the radar for the occasional project. Every once in a while I like to share the rough sketches along with the final to show the evolution of an idea. This was a story on ‘one size fits all’ theories of student education, and the two ideas I came up with are below, with the editors choosing the more sparse concept. This was a quick one, with the assignment coming in on Monday evening, sketches on Tuesday morning, and final on Wednesday morning (a little early for the Thursday deadline).
I have a few more rough sketches to share later in the week for a few other projects I’m working on, and in the meantime I’m working on a ‘Who Was’ book that I’m hoping to get finishes done soon so I can clear my plate for a large assignment I’m expecting in the next few months.
Between finishing up another MacMillan ‘Epic Fails’ project, and the Wheatland Music Festival over the weekend, and several smaller projects pictured here on this post, it has been a busy week (and catching a cold partway through it didn’t help matters any). Above was the finished illustration for Dover’s Evergreen Classics line of reprints, this one for ‘A Little Princess’ (I had shown a sketch version of this one last week, and they asked that the monkey be moved over to the window for the final version). Below is the finished version of the Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine illustration. This one is drastically different than the original sketch. The editors felt that a ‘hanged man’ would be too disturbing for their readers, so I picked a scene from earlier in the story. I’ve been doing illustrations for AHMM now for almost thirty years, you can see an entire checklist and links to all the illustrations here.
Below that, it is once again that time of year for the Llewellyn Witches Companion cover. I’ve been doing these now for over a decade, and it is interesting to see what concepts the editors come up with each year to keep it unique and different, and yet, basically the same.