Well, I must be getting old and forgetful, as I stumbled upon this illustration for the Chronicle of Higher Education that I did back in May, and completely forgot to post here (in a year where I’ve been doing so much book publishing work that I’m unable to post ahead of publication, and as a result, samples I share here seem to have really slowed down, so it’s a shame when I miss one, like I did here). In related news, I may be posting some samples from the new ‘Animal Coloring Book’ over the next week, should I get the time, so stay tuned.
More work from this week. The above illustration was for the Chronicle of Higher Education which I finished up this morning. Below is an additional fiction piece for River Styx (to go with the previous two illustrations from last Friday), and below that, a sketch for an upcoming corporate holiday greeting card (for a design client that I’ve worked with in the past).
Things are starting to pick up now that the summer is winding down. Besides the ongoing ‘coloring book’ project that I’m currently working on (samples to come upon publication), and several book projects either awaiting sketch approval or promised and expecting to start any day now, I’ve also been getting a few short turnaround projects. For the past few days at least, it has started to feel like normalcy. Above, is an illustration I finished up this morning for the Chronicle on ‘Book Piracy’, and below, another fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.
If there this one guarantee when you enter into the freelance illustration business, it is that you will be dealing in a lot of visual cliches. Yesterday had another crack at drawing a caduceus for Barrons, and I’ve done plenty over the past 27 plus years. Like their good friends: Uncle Sam, Lady Justice, the Top Hatted Millionaire, the Cap and Gown Graduate, The Bear and the Bull, and too many others to mention, they pop up again and again. Below, I’ve collected a sampling of caduceus illustrations from other clients (Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Magazine, among others) just for fun.
I haven’t updated this blog in quite some time, but this has been one of the busiest years I’ve had in a long time, and, since so much of it is book publishing projects, I haven’t had much to show as a result. I’m going to post a lot of random samples today, both from quick turnaround projects that I’ve done over the past month or so, plus some teaser images from some of the various books I’ve been working on this year. Above is one from an upcoming scratchboard color book project that I did a few months ago (one of about 50 illustrations I did for this project). Below is a quick turnaround map illustration I did for Barrons a few weeks back.
The next three images were for an upcoming issue of River Styx.
I also recently completed a series of three paper doll books, which should be hitting the market any day now. Above are a sampling of costumes for these three books (16 illustrations per book). Below are a few illustrations I recently did for Green Prints (along with the usual tiny spot illustrations and drop cap letter illustrations, which I haven’t bothered to include here).
The baseball illustration above was for the University of Virgina, and below are a few sample illustrations from two ‘Who Was’ books that I completed over the past several months (each book was approximately 80 illustrations).
The illustration of the students climbing a wall was for the Chronicle of Higher Education several weeks ago. Below is a sample from one of two coloring books I am currently finishing up (30 illustrations each, plus some additional color pieces), and below that, a sample illustration for an upcoming book project that I did yesterday afternoon.
Whew! That’s enough of an update for now. I’ll post some more when I get a chance to resurface again.