The “polar vortex” has us in its grip this week, and I’m still awaiting a go-ahead on a large project that I expect to hear from Any Day Now. In the meantime, there’s a lot of cancellations around here and in-between shoveling the driveway, I got to thinking about that very first Oscar broadcast that me and my brother watched back in 1973. I was 11 years old, and I was a huge fan of the ‘Poseidon Adventure’, and was rooting for Shelley Winters and the Best Song category. In later years, of course, I became huge fans of several of the movies nominated this year, including The Godfather, Cabaret and Deliverance. I thought I’d put some of my spare time to use and work up another caricature poster for that seminal year (for me) of 1972/73. I may finish this up tomorrow, should my schedule permit. In the meantime, below is a quick turnaround illustration I did for the Chronicle of Higher Education on Tuesday.
A pleasant holiday in Chicago (the first celebrated at my son’s house, since his marriage in August), and now back home catching up on some quick turnaround work. Above is an illustration for the Chronicle of Higher Education, and, since these things tend to go in streaks, another ‘Uncle Sam’ themed illustration for a new client, The Common Reader for Washington University in St. Louis (a portrayal of a prison craft store purchase of an Uncle Sam figure made out of scrap metal parts).
I also finished up another fiction illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine this morning (pictured below).
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.
An assignment for the Chronicle of Higher Education this week. This is a client that I’ve been working with since 1992, and although the frequency of assignments has slowed considerably the past few years, it is nice to still be on the radar for the occasional project. Every once in a while I like to share the rough sketches along with the final to show the evolution of an idea. This was a story on ‘one size fits all’ theories of student education, and the two ideas I came up with are below, with the editors choosing the more sparse concept. This was a quick one, with the assignment coming in on Monday evening, sketches on Tuesday morning, and final on Wednesday morning (a little early for the Thursday deadline).
I have a few more rough sketches to share later in the week for a few other projects I’m working on, and in the meantime I’m working on a ‘Who Was’ book that I’m hoping to get finishes done soon so I can clear my plate for a large assignment I’m expecting in the next few months.
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.