Western Stars & Juniper Bushes

Green Prints, Self Promotion

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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

Green Prints

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

Green Prints, Uncle Goose Toys

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.



Hints of Life

Green Prints, Self Promotion


Immediately following the highest grossing month (May) since 2008, I experienced one of the slowest and lengthiest early summer droughts in years (June-mid July). This week there appears to be some signs of life starting to pop up (a meeting to discuss some work for a local client tomorrow, and another book project just popped up out of nowhere this morning). This morning I did a ‘self assignment’ just to try and keep my spirits up (the illustration above) which I’ve entitled “To the Victor, the Spoils”. Below are a couple of black and white illustrations I did for Green Prints Magazine last week (or the week before, I’ve lost track of time).


Catching Up (Illustration Sample Avalanche)

ChronicleHE, Dover, Green Prints, Penguin, River Styx, University of Virginia

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.