Witches and Gardens

Green Prints, Llewellyn

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That time of year again, and I’ve been working on wiccan illustrations for Llewellyn’s annual ‘Witches Companion’ book. This year they went with 6 full page illustrations instead of the “mix n match” sizes of previous years.

Upon reaching my 30th year in business, I’ve been spending some time over the past month, looking back at my work and how it has evolved over the years. One thing I’ve noticed about the scratchboards, is that they started out rather crude and loose, and when I went digital, I started getting tighter and tighter with the style and the realism to the point where I think I started to lose some of the life and vitality that my earliest samples had. So I’ve been trying to make a concerted effort lately to ‘loosen up’ a bit with my style, and you can see a bit of that working in this set of illustrations.

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In addition to the Llewellyn witches this week, I also had some work for GreenPrints (a gardening journal I’ve been doing work for since 2012). These are pictured below.

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Western Stars & Juniper Bushes

Green Prints, personal

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Above is another of the illustrations for an upcoming ‘Western Movie Stars’ coloring book that I am working on as a self publishing project. I’ve arranged the subjects into three major categories, “Western Heroes” (the top billed male stars), “Western Ladies” (prominent leading ladies of the genre) and “Character Actors & Bad Guys” (some of the more familiar faces in the background of many a western flick). Tomorrow I’ll likely tackle one of the ‘Bad Guys’. Yesterday I had an illustration assignment for GreenPrints, which is pictured below.greenprintswebusage

Starting Year 28

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Been working on sketches for an upcoming book project, and paper dolls for an upcoming paper doll book over the past few weeks. The year has started out reasonably well (mostly thanks to holdover projects from the end of 2016), but the new work has been slow coming in so far. Some resolutions for the new year, going to try my hand at more personal work, and I’d like to get back to animation again, and as far as my ‘day to day’ work, I’m going to resolve to be a little ‘looser’ in my style (I sometimes feel as if I’m too stiff and ‘controlled’). These pieces here are a couple of story illustrations for GreenPrints. I’ll be working on a book cover illustration today and another project tomorrow, but then heading south to the Caribbean for a week to escape some of this winter weather.


Snails, Roses and the Never Ending Election Cycle

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The above photo was courtesy of the Uncle Goose Instagram feed. This is a picture of the two portraits I did in anticipation of the coming election, as they will be updating their ‘Presidential Wooden Blocks’ set with whomever wins. Since I had done a Mitt Romney portrait for them four years ago, I had jokingly suggested that they start a collection of ‘Presidential Losers’ (McCain, Kerry, Gore, Dole, Dukakis, Mondale, McGovern, Goldwater, etc etc) printed on recycled and reclaimed wood, and it got a laugh, but I don’t think it will be happening anytime soon.

Below we have a recent assignment for GreenPrints, including the rough sketch for each illustration, and the usual dingbats and drop cap letters and small spot illustrations that go with each.