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.
Finished up this illustration for the ‘Chronicle of Philanthropy’ (a sister publication to the ‘Chronicle of Higher Education’, one of my longer running clients, who I first worked for in 1991). This one was a bit tricky logistically, and I did most of the work over the weekend, building the ‘money piles’ and then layering in the crowd participants, and only finished the central figure this morning. Work seems to be picking up steam here in the latter part of September, and I should have some more samples to post later in the week for various projects. I’m currently sitting in the ‘eye of the storm’ (4 books in the works, between sketch phase and finishes), but I’m getting prepared to jump back into the fray any time now. Meanwhile I’m enjoying the relaxed pace while it lasts.
A few jobs that I worked on over the weekend. I’m still in the middle of the Ten Commandments book project for Penguin, but should be wrapping that one up next week. The job above was one for the Chronicle of Higher Education that I finished this morning, and below is another book cover for Dover’s ‘Evergreen Classics’ series of reprints, this one being a ‘two books in one’ edition of ‘Tom Sawyer Detective’ and ‘Tom Sawyer Abroad’. I’m also continuing work on my band’s upcoming CD release, which we are hoping to get out in early summer.
I’ve still got a few more coloring book pages to share from last year’s ‘Animals’ book, plus some samples from the newer ‘Beautiful Trees’ book. I’ll also be sharing another of my ‘Who Was’ books from a couple years ago. Stay tuned.