Work has resumed again on the Dan Rather Graphic Novel, after the first two chapters I did in June were approved. In the meantime, I am squeezing in other work in the margins of my day. The above illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine I did yesterday afternoon, and the annual Witches Companion cover that I have been doing for Llewellyn for the past twelve years is pictured below. This project was spread out over several days during the past week.
In the two or three weeks prior to the ‘green light’ on the graphic novel project, I finished up a book on Hiroshima for Penguin Young Readers (another in their ‘Who Was’ series, my 19th book for them), and I did a series of black and white interiors for another Llewellyn book that I had done some cover art for earlier this year (I may share these at a later date). Meanwhile, back to the drawing board!
One of my favorite projects from last year, was the book “Bringing Down a President” for MacMillan. I was an avid ‘Watergate Junky’ back when I was around ten years old, and I remember watching the hearings on television after school, and checking the bulky transcripts of the White House tapes out of the local library. So I was very enthusiastic when given the chance to draw Nixon and his gang of cronies for this book. A very interesting read, even though it is aimed for ‘middle school readers’, and I learned a few things that I didn’t know. Available on Amazon. Highly recommended. I’ve shared a few samples from this project in the past, but here’s the entire collection for the first time.
After a month hiking in the John Muir Wilderness in California, I’m back at the drawing board and catching up with work. Above is a scene from our adventures (with my brother in law John in the foreground), this was along the Pacific Crest Trail around day 6 of our hike, heading for our first hotel reservation and resupply stop. It was a wonderful time and I’m already missing the scenery (but not the mosquitos).
Below is an illustration I did this week for the American Bar Association. Both of my ‘book projects’ are temporarily in a holding pattern, and I’m clearing the late August calendar early in anticipation of a coming busy period.
Another in the series of ‘Who Was’ books that I’ve done for Penguin Young Readers. I’ve shared a few samples from these books in the past, but here are all the illustrations for this particular book for the first time on this blog. This was the 13 title in this series that I’ve done (and am currently working on an upcoming title on Hiroshima, which will be my 19th).
This was a coloring book that I did last year, and was published early this year from Dover / Creative Haven. I’ve shared a few samples from this book in the past, but over the next three posts I’ll be sharing all the illustrations from this project. I’ll be spacing these posts over the next several days, with one color plate (which were used for the front and back and inside covers) plus several of the black and white interior pages.