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.
After finishing up the book project last week, work has slowed down to a trickle, but I did have a few projects come across the desk. The one above was for the Chronicle of Higher Education for a piece on the decline of the “Academic Satire” novel, and below, a few pieces for a private client of mine. I had done a series of book illustrations for this client back in 2013, and this is very much in the same style (I don’t recall if I ever shared any of the samples from that book, perhaps I shall in the near future). The portrait of Bernoulli is from last week, and the umbrella (for the same client) was done sometime last year (not sure if they are for the same project). A few more projects coming over the weekend, which I’ll likely share next week.
Been a busy month. So much so, that I’ve neglected keeping up my blog since the new year rolled over. I’m finishing up the ‘Western Stars’ coloring book (the last one, which I finished up this morning is pictured above — I’ll share more of these once the book is published, sometime this summer), and I’m about in the middle of finishing up the ‘Area 51’ book for Penguin (these will be shared next year, most likely, after publication), and making a few revisions to the ‘Constitution’ book for the same publisher. I’ve also had a few short term projects from Green Prints, the American Bar Association, and the Chronicle of Higher Education somewhere in the middle of all this, as well as prelim sketches for the annual ‘Witches Companion’ interiors (which I’ll be finishing up in the next few weeks). Below are some additional pieces from this past month.
Additionally, I was started to get a little worried about what would be coming up next once these projects all wrap up, but got some nice news yesterday that the Macmillan project that I worked on last October has been green lighted for additional editions, so I’ll be starting on a book about the ‘space race’ sometime in February. Hanging on here in my 29th year in business.