Here’s the finished illustration for Hudson Valley that I did yesterday morning (I had shared the rough sketch a few posts ago). It is interesting how I seem to have developed a completely different style for this one client.
This past week, I’ve been digging through the archives and have found a treasure trove of hundreds of black and white spot cartoons that I had done for Instructional Fair (Carson Dellosa) around 1998-2004. These were for children’s workbooks for the most part, and the topics and subject matter would vary widely. I’ve posted each book’s collection in its entirety for the first time since publication, and the links to each posting can be found below. (above is a sample page of spots from ‘Teamwork Test Prep Grade Three’).
Outdoor Science Classroom (2004)
Teamwork Test Prep Grade Six (2004)
These projects were instrumental in developing my ‘cartoon style’ through sheer volume and quick deadlines during that period when I was making the transition from physical to digital illustration. I’ve still several years of art to dig up and collate, so stay tuned for next week when I’ll unveil another collection.
Been a while since I’ve shared any rough sketches. This week is sort of a ‘eye of the storm’ with several book projects at the halfway point between sketch and editor approval stages, and I’ve only got a few quick turnaround projects to occupy my time. The above is a rough sketch for a Hudson Valley illustration, and below is a rough sketch for another Dover Evergreen Classics book cover (‘A Little Princess’). I’ll be finishing these up later this week, and I’ll post the finishes at that time.
In the meantime, I’ve also been digging through the archives and discovering a treasure trove of cartoon spot illustrations that I did for Instructional Fair back around 1999-2004 that I have not previously shared on this blog. I’m thinking of doing some colorizing and repurposing of those illustrations for the stock art market. I’ll be sharing some of these collections on upcoming ‘Throwback Thursday’ posts, so stay tuned.
After a year which has been filled with a lot of book projects, where I’ve been working on the same style every day for months on end (mostly pen and ink line art lately), it was nice today to have a change of pace. The above portrait was a two page spread for Hudson Valley magazine (usually I do spot art for them, and this was the first time they tried a portrait for a feature article, at least with me). Not a lot of photo reference for the face available, so I always get a little nervous that I’m capturing a close enough likeness. Anyhow, it was refreshing to work on some quick turnaround assignments (and a few more coming next week, as there is a brief lull in the book projects between sketch and final stage).
I missed posting a ‘Throwback Thursday’ last week, as I was in Chicago getting ready to celebrate my son’s wedding.
This week we are taking the ‘way back machine’ to a decade ago around 2007 when I had a pair of assignments for Barnes and Noble to illustrate the covers of a pair of reprint story collections. The first one was a book of ‘Pirate’ stories, and the second one was a book of ‘Adventure’ stories (pictured above). I don’t often work in the ‘painting style’, but this was probably the one piece in that style that I was most pleased with. This is a larger, more detailed version than I’d posted in the original blog entry.