After finishing up the book project last week, work has slowed down to a trickle, but I did have a few projects come across the desk. The one above was for the Chronicle of Higher Education for a piece on the decline of the “Academic Satire” novel, and below, a few pieces for a private client of mine. I had done a series of book illustrations for this client back in 2013, and this is very much in the same style (I don’t recall if I ever shared any of the samples from that book, perhaps I shall in the near future). The portrait of Bernoulli is from last week, and the umbrella (for the same client) was done sometime last year (not sure if they are for the same project). A few more projects coming over the weekend, which I’ll likely share next week.
I finished up a book project this past weekend, and I’ve found myself with some downtime this week, so I began working on a project on my own (sample pictured above). I’m not quite sure where this is headed just yet. The book project is still unpublished, so I won’t be sharing any of the samples from that one just yet, maybe later this year. A few new projects have come up late in the week, so I’ll likely be switching over to them for the next couple of days, but then hopefully I’ll have some time to get back to work on this project soon.
And finishing up my posts for ‘Presidents Day’, we come to the current resident of the White House. Only a year or so into the ordeal and I’ve already got a lot of time under my belt drawing this face. Only time will tell if we’ll have much more to show in three more years. These come from various sources, a couple paper doll books for Dover, a coloring book project (of which I’ve only shown a few samples from here, they can be found elsewhere on this blog), a few assignments pre-dating the election by several years, a few self promotional pieces, and one already for one of the Penguin book projects (the debate illustration with Hillary).
The Obama years were times of change in the illustration industry. I found myself doing much less magazine, newspaper and editorial work, and more book publishing assignments, and ultimately, much fewer assignments featuring the president than the previous office holder. These are taken from various sources, including a few tongue-in-cheek paper doll books for Dover, a few magazine assignments and a few self-promotional images.
Continuing with my ‘President’s Day’ Illustration Tribute, showcasing most of the Presidential illustrations I’ve done in the past thirty years.
The period from 2000-2008 was the busiest time in my career, and just so happened to coincide with George W Bush’s presidency. As a consequence, I have more illustrations of Dubya than of any other president (although Trump is starting to ridiculously come close, after only a year in office, and only half as many assignments). Most of these illustrations come from either Newsday, Legal Times, Barrons or the Wall Street Journal (although there are a few from other sources). I struggled with his likeness for a very short while at the start (would have preferred Gore had won for many reasons, one of which being the ease at which he was to draw), but once I had several of them under my belt, it got to be where I could draw him with little or no reference material. Anyhow, here’s ‘most’ of the George Bush illustrations I have in my files (there are a few more, but aren’t worth the time to drag out into the light).
I’ll be moving on to Obama, and finally the current resident of Pennsylvania Ave, tomorrow, more than likely.