Another of the books I illustrated earlier this year (and can be found on Amazon here) is the 3rd book in the ‘Epic Fails’ series, “Not-So-Great Presidents”. I’ve shared a few samples in the past, but now that the book has hit the stores, I’m sharing every illustration from this project. I got to caricature quite a few presidential faces, including my old favorite Richard M. Nixon (who I also got plenty of practice drawing in another project this year, samples to come once it reaches publication).
One of my ‘new years resolutions’ this past January was to try and make an effort to do more sketching with physical pen and ink and try to fill up some of the many blank books that I’ve got laying around here. I very rarely sketch for the fun of it, and it has been years since I’ve worked in anything other than the digital medium. We took a trip to Ireland this past week, and I brought along a sketchbook and a few ink pens, and forced myself to slow down and draw a little bit during this vacation. So, while the rest of our party trudged up to the top of Blarney Castle (I’ve climbed it in the past, and wasn’t missing much), I sat below in the gardens and did the above pen and ink sketch.
On another occasion, while watching some musicians in a pub in Ennis, I did a few sketches of the players and of a few of the bar patrons. (edited and pictured below) I’m a little rusty at this sort of thing, to be sure. I was especially enamored of the facial expressions of the accordion player, and of one particularly ancient old man sitting in the corner hunched over his glass of sherry.
As far as my ‘new years resolution’, I started out the year drawing nearly every day for the first month or so, but as work became more busy, I started returning to the sketch book more and more rarely. So, as long as we are on the subject, here are a sampling of sketches from that period earlier in the year, when I was still sticking to my sketch regimen.
I have many more of these to share, but will save them for another time.
Finishing up a busy week & weekend, with the ‘Vietnam book’ getting completed on Friday, and two Dover covers for their ‘Evergreen Classics’ series on Saturday, Sunday and Today. Also had a double music gig on Saturday night up in Rockford for the Harvest festival, and have been working on a third round of sketches for the ‘holiday greeting card’ project, as well as fixing some ill advised color choices for a project that I completed last week for Today Media. Expecting to hear some news on a big upcoming project any day now, and have cleared most of the workload in anticipation.
This week we are taking the ‘way back machine’ to 2010, and this personal favorite illustration that I did for the Chronicle of Higher Education in January of that year. I forget exactly what the article was about, but I imagine it was something to do with college professors writing detective fiction in their spare time. I especially liked the subtle elbow patch on the trenchcoat.