Various projects in the works

MacMillan, Penguin, Skyhorse Publishing

dicknixonwebBeen a while since I’ve updated, but it isn’t because I’m slow. I’ve been working on several book projects, many of them overlapping and in various stages of completion. I finished up the Watergate book earlier this month, but the Nixon illustration above isn’t from that project, but instead is from another book I just completed yesterday. This is from the third “Epic Fails” series of books entitled “Not So Great Presidents”, and I’ll likely be starting on sketches for the fourth book in the next couple weeks. I’ll share more samples from many of these books after they have reached publication. Meanwhile I’m still working on another “Who Was” book for Penguin, this one on ‘Hollywood’ (a sample illustration from that project, a portrait of Judy Garland, pictured below). I should be finishing this project up in the next few weeks.

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And coming up in the next few months, I’ll be working on a reprint of the “Peter Cottontail” stories, and a rough sketch for the cover is pictured below:

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And one more upcoming project that I’m very excited about (but will have to wait for a while to share details here), I’ve started doing some preliminary rough concepts for. I’ll keep you posted as the details get ironed out. Looks like it is going to be a busy summer.

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Recent Developments

ABA, Skyhorse Publishing

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Above is a¬†spot¬†illustration I finished up this morning for the American Bar Association. I’ve been working with the ABA since 1997 (so, just a little over twenty years, right about the time I switched from traditional to digital illustration), and their projects are always interesting and challenging. This was for a story on international law as how it may apply to businesses in the heartland of the USA. Also this weekend, a chance encounter with an old client I hadn’t heard from in a while, led to another upcoming book project. This one will be a reprint of an older children’s book with several illustrations by me, somewhat imitating the style of classic illustrator Harrison Cady. I did one over the weekend as a sample (pictured below), and I’ll give you more information as it comes across the desk sometime in June and July.

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In the meantime, I’m currently working on two book projects for MacMillan, both somewhat connected to themes on the United States Presidency. I should be finishing both of those up by the end of the month, and will share some samples once they are published.

Been a busy month medically for the whole family. Our dog started us off with some veterinary surgery, then the wife had some unexpected emergency surgery, and then an extended stay at the hospital for an infection, and I finished us off last week with some hernia repair. Everybody’s starting to finally get back on the mend, and spring has arrived in Michigan with lots of rain, leaves have popped on all the trees and Summer is only a few short weeks away.

 

 

Presidents Continued: And This Guy

Dover, Skyhorse Publishing, Uncle Goose Toys

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And finishing up my posts for ‘Presidents Day’, we come to the current resident of the White House. Only a year or so into the ordeal and I’ve already got a lot of time under my belt drawing this face. Only time will tell if we’ll have much more to show in three more years. These come from various sources, a couple paper doll books for Dover, a coloring book project (of which I’ve only shown a few samples from here, they can be found elsewhere on this blog), a few assignments pre-dating the election by several years, a few self promotional pieces, and one already for one of the Penguin book projects (the debate illustration with Hillary).

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Spot Illustrations for New Book Project

Skyhorse Publishing

ColorSpotsWebBeen fairly busy the past several weeks, so I’ve been remiss in posting samples. These are a series of color spots that I did for an upcoming book for Skyhorse Publishing called “Is It Safe to Kiss Your Cat?” I also have several black and white cartoons for the same project to post, but I’ll wait until next week sometime.

 

Hillary Clinton Coloring Book

Skyhorse Publishing

And, as promised, here’s most of the pages from the Hillary Clinton coloring book (Amazon link here), plus one page that I particularly liked, but ended up on the cutting room floor. Interestingly, I got a call from one of the Hillary Clinton Super Pacs a few days ago, wanting to order directly from me and ship them to various locations around the country (I forwarded this call on to the publisher, since I don’t handle the distribution).




As with the Donald Trump book, this one came with a cube cutout figure included on the front and back flaps (this ‘boxy’ figure is apparently a ‘thing’ that is somewhat popular online, but I was largely unaware of the phenomenon until working on this project) (Cubecraft link here).