Did some sketches for the recipe book project over the weekend, and then worked on a few new GreenPrints illustrations on Monday. The paper doll book is on hold until Inauguration Day, so in the meantime, I’ll likely be doing some oil painting.
Here’s a few projects I’ve been working on recently. Above is a size comparison illustration of various creatures from the Harry Potter universe for a new client, Topix Media (I’m also working on a recipe book for the same client, different designer). Below is an earlier version of the illustration before I was asked to eliminate the background measurements, and change the relative sizes of a few of the beasties and eliminate the overlaps. I only include the unpublished version because I was kind of fond of how it turned out.
I also had a few spot illustrations (and the usual drop caps and dingbats) for GreenPrints this week, and they are pictured below.
Finishing up a couple black and white spots for GreenPrints this morning. They usually involve a couple half page or so illustrations, plus a few drop cap and dingbat illustrations.
And here we are, already at the halfway point for 2020. In that oh so familiar limbo of waiting on the go-ahead on several projects, which seems to be the default position this year. Did a few rough sketches for GreenPrints this week (one of which is pictured above). As I am actively in the process of revamping my website, designing new postcard mailings and trying to drum up new business, I requested a ‘testimonial’ from this client, since we’ve been in a working relationship for the past 8 years. I’ll be posting these quotes elsewhere in my portfolio section, as well as sharing them here. Here’s what Pat had to say:
“I have used Tim Foley as an illustrator for my magazine for over eight years. He has been 100% reliable, professional, and easy to work with. More important, I love his artwork. I’ve used Tim primarily to illustrate humorous stories, and it’s an absolute highlight of my day when his final art appears in my inbox, because it always – always – is so funny I laugh out loud. I am very, very grateful to Tim for making my readers and I happier.”Pat Stone, Editor, GreenPrints, “The Weeder’s Digest”
Or to paraphrase a line from a Terry Pratchett novel I just read: “Is that a light at the end of the tunnel, or is the end of the tunnel just on fire?”
In the last few days of this week, after a much too quiet month, business-wise, a few jobs trickled in, which did wonders to buoy my spirits. Above are a few rough sketches for an illustration I’ll be finishing up this weekend for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Oddly enough, this is the first assignment I’ve had pertaining to the coronavirus pandemic. They wound up choosing the first one, but told me to hang on to the other one for possible future articles. And then on Friday, I was contacted by the publisher of the ‘Who Was’ series of books, to take on an upcoming book on Walt Whitman. I’m currently working on one on the Civil Rights Movement, and expect to begin work on a book about Climate Change very soon, so I anticipate having a very busy May, which has put me in a much more hopeful mood than I’ve been in several months.
Earlier in the week, I had a few spot illustrations for GreenPrints (pictured above), and I’ve been spending a lot of time this past month working on a new album for my band, the Jukejoint Handmedowns. This will be our 5th album, which we began recording in February, and then, when the ‘stay at home’ order came down in March, we decided we would attempt to finish the album in isolation, each of us recording our parts separately and sharing them with me for final mixing and mastering. We are very near completion, and below are a few of the ‘in progress’ versions of the lyric sheet insert (front and back) and the rough layout for the album cover. The album was already very dark and apocalyptic in tone before we even began, so the pandemic and shut-down seemed to fit the theme even more urgently. We are hoping to release this sometime this summer, when, hopefully, some of the restrictions loosen up.