Been keeping busy this summer. Mostly these days, it seems to be with book projects of one sort or another. Above is a color illustration for the cover of a new reprint of the ‘Peter Cottontail’ stories, originally illustrated by Harrison Cady. I’ve been asked to ‘emulate’ his style, but I’m also trying to keep it somewhat within my own sphere of styles. I’ve been experimenting with some of the more realistic looking watercolor tools, and hopefully will become somewhat proficient with them by the time I finish this collection of illustrations (which I should be finished with by the end of the month). I also recently finished up another of the ‘Who Was’ books (on ‘Hollywood’), and have just been approached to do another one on the Vietnam War. Then I’ve also been working on a series of books for MacMillan in their ‘Epic Fails’ series (just finished one on ‘Not So Great Presidents’ and will be starting soon on another one on ‘The Age of Exploration’). In the meantime, there are also a smattering of quick turnaround projects that come up, and below is an illustration I did for the Chronicle of Higher Education (a client since 1991) that I finished up over the weekend.
Passing this on from the publisher. I’ve done 17 titles (so far) for these series of books over the past 5 years. Nice to see the kids seem to be gobbling them up.
Been a while since I’ve updated, but it isn’t because I’m slow. I’ve been working on several book projects, many of them overlapping and in various stages of completion. I finished up the Watergate book earlier this month, but the Nixon illustration above isn’t from that project, but instead is from another book I just completed yesterday. This is from the third “Epic Fails” series of books entitled “Not So Great Presidents”, and I’ll likely be starting on sketches for the fourth book in the next couple weeks. I’ll share more samples from many of these books after they have reached publication. Meanwhile I’m still working on another “Who Was” book for Penguin, this one on ‘Hollywood’ (a sample illustration from that project, a portrait of Judy Garland, pictured below). I should be finishing this project up in the next few weeks.
And coming up in the next few months, I’ll be working on a reprint of the “Peter Cottontail” stories, and a rough sketch for the cover is pictured below:
And one more upcoming project that I’m very excited about (but will have to wait for a while to share details here), I’ve started doing some preliminary rough concepts for. I’ll keep you posted as the details get ironed out. Looks like it is going to be a busy summer.
It is not often I get to blow my own horn with regard to awards, but I just discovered today that one of my illustrations made it into a “Best of News Design 31st Edition” for an assignment for Paul Cheung at the Miami Herald. Unfortunately, the news comes to me a little late, as I only discovered it on a google search, and this took place ten years ago in 2008. Anyhow, I always had a soft spot in my heart for that ‘wrestling bear and bull’ picture, and was glad to see it do well.
Oh, and while I’m tooting my own horn here, I thought I’d share the news that one of the books I’ve illustrated for Penguin has been nominated for a book award in Illinois (The “Bluestem Award”). The list is pictured below:
A little teaser of the work I’m doing for an upcoming book on the Watergate scandal. I’m about halfway through the project at this point, and enjoying it quite a bit. More to come after the book has been published.