One of my long time Art Directors is leaving their job, and I want to wish them all the best in the coming years. This was the last ‘Witches Companion’ cover project that we worked on together, just completed this afternoon. This is the 16th cover I’ve done for this annual digest, and they have always been one of the projects that I most look forward to every year. While keeping a rather familiar format from year to year, there are always new challenges and I keep trying to do each one a little better than the last one. You can check out the other covers in this series in the portfolio section under Llewellyn.
As I was saying yesterday, I had a brief interlude this week (from the ongoing multiple concurrent book projects), working on some small scratchboard spot illustrations for Delaware Today. These were a trio of images to accompany an article on various legal issues of the day (in particular, ‘hacking’, ‘work at home issues’ and ‘vaccine mandates’). It had been a while since I’d worked in this style, so it was a nice change of pace and a break from what feels like 2 solid months of ‘the same old thing’ every day.
I also managed to squeeze in a rough sketch for the upcoming Witches Companion cover yesterday (pictured below), and was contacted about a few more ‘quick turnaround’ projects for next week, so hold on to your hats, the coming week is looking like it will be a bumpy ride.
Here’s how the finished version of the cover illustration turned out for an upcoming title for Llewellyn. Was trying for a little looser style as the AD requested something looking more like a woodcut/screenprint.
Then, after getting away from it for a bit, I took another look and realized that I wasn’t completely happy with how it turned out, and took another whack at it. This one is a bit less detailed and going for more of a ‘woodcut’ look.
And again, the next morning I took a look and wasn’t quite happy with how busy it looked, so tried to clean it up a little more and resubmitted it. Seem to be struggling with this one, and I’m not sure why.
A rough sketch for a book cover illustration coming up in the next few weeks. Stay tuned. After looking it over, the client had some revisions (not so young looking witches, eliminating the hat and short skirts), and then we ended up going with a design that matched the client’s original mockup (as you can see in the next post).
More interiors for the Witches Companion over the weekend. One more to do tomorrow and I’ll be moving on to other assignments.
… and the final one of the series, which I finished up on Monday morning.