Off to Warmer Climes

US Catholic

 

Finished up a piece for US Catholic this morning (the ‘Cafeteria Line’ illustration above), and am nearly finished with the sketches for an upcoming book project. Packing up tonight and heading to the airport early tomorrow morning, and will be spending the next few weeks in the BVI for the holidays. I’ve been experimenting with drawing with a new program on my wife’s iPad, and the illustration of the cowboy above was one of several sketches I did over the weekend. It is taking me a little while to get used to (drawing on the screen instead of on a tablet on my desk), but I may be bring it with me on vacation to do some sketches on the beach. (as always, you can click on either illustration above to see a larger version)

Happy Holidays everyone!

 

Where Did September Go?

Barrons, US Catholic, WSJ

Blink, and you miss it. September has come and gone, and it seems we have gone right from late summer to leaves turning and chilly temperatures. I had a few short vacations this past month, and I’m also in the thick of a couple book projects, so the time has sort of gotten away from me. We had a nice time up at the Wheatland Music Festival early in the month, and then we had a beautiful week in Ireland during the middle weeks, but here it is the last day of September and we will be starting the fast downhill ride into the holiday season before long. In the meantime, I have a few projects to share. The illustration above was one that I did for Barrons last week, and below is an illustration for US Catholic that I finished around the same time. (both of these came in during the Ireland trip, so I was very grateful for the flexibility of both these clients in giving me a little extra time on the deadlines)

I’ve also jumped headfirst into the two aforementioned book projects and hope to have them squared away in a month or so (contractual obligations won’t let me share any of that work until publication). Last Friday afternoon, however, I got a quickie rush job for the Journal (I believe it was the quickest I’ve ever turned around a job of this size), and it was a shame I only had an hour or two from start to finish, as I would have liked to put a little more work into this one. Normally, I would have done this sort of thing in Scratchboard, but the time constraint forced me to work in a much more expedient style. (pictured below)

Also, in my last post, I promised I would share a photo of the ‘contraption’ that I help decorate this past summer for the kids hill ‘musical instrument activity’. Below is a photo of myself, and the two engineers who came up with this device (which takes a tin can and crimps it to be used as a washboard — the gears and mechanisms are all contained in the box in front of the handlebars, which is powered by the child sitting on the bike, and just for fun it is also covered with horns and bells and whistles to make the whole process a lot more fun for the kids).

Halfway through 2014

Barrons, Green Prints, US Catholic

Halfway through 2014, and we’re heading out for a short camping/music making weekend with the bandmates this coming holiday. A few pieces to share, and after the break I’ll likely be back at work on a new book project. Above and the following two illustrations were all for Barrons over the past couple weeks (these three were actually assigned at the same time, but were intended to be used over subsequent weeks, as a way of covering staff summer vacations).

A larger than usual assignment for US Catholic last week on retirement options (you can click on the small image below to see an enlarged version)

Then on Friday I had a couple of black and white illustrations for GreenPrints.

Have a happy and safe 4th weekend everyone.

Mid May Roundup

ABA, Barrons, US Catholic


Most of what I’ve been working on over the past three weeks have been for upcoming book projects that I can’t share here due to contractual reasons. I’ve finished up one of the three books, and I’m nearing the finish on the second of the three, and just starting work on the finishes for the third book. I’m hoping to have all that publishing work wrapped up by the 2nd week of June. In the meantime, a few other pieces to show that have squeezed in the margins. Above is a piece on the Japanese economy for Barrons that I did this afternoon, and below are a few pieces for the American Bar Association that I did earlier this week. At the bottom is an illustration for US Catholic I did last week (or the week before, I forget).