Today I caught up on a few additional assignments that have come in around the margins of the ‘big project’ this past month. It felt good to be doing something different than what I’ve been doing non-stop for the past three weeks. The above assignment was a two page spread for Hudson Valley, and below is a book cover for Llewellyn. I may take the weekend off, but then will diving into another book project at the beginning of the week.
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.
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.
Between finishing up another MacMillan ‘Epic Fails’ project, and the Wheatland Music Festival over the weekend, and several smaller projects pictured here on this post, it has been a busy week (and catching a cold partway through it didn’t help matters any). Above was the finished illustration for Dover’s Evergreen Classics line of reprints, this one for ‘A Little Princess’ (I had shown a sketch version of this one last week, and they asked that the monkey be moved over to the window for the final version). Below is the finished version of the Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine illustration. This one is drastically different than the original sketch. The editors felt that a ‘hanged man’ would be too disturbing for their readers, so I picked a scene from earlier in the story. I’ve been doing illustrations for AHMM now for almost thirty years, you can see an entire checklist and links to all the illustrations here.
Below that, it is once again that time of year for the Llewellyn Witches Companion cover. I’ve been doing these now for over a decade, and it is interesting to see what concepts the editors come up with each year to keep it unique and different, and yet, basically the same.
For over ten years I’ve been doing interior illustrations for the Witches Companion series of books (and the cover, usually sometime around September or October). I share the interior duties with other illustrators, but I usually can count on doing 10-12 each January or February. I finished up the project this morning and here’s how they turned out this year (you can click on the ‘Llewellyn’ link to see the previous years efforts).
Been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been rather busy with a couple book projects (all of which will have to wait before I can post samples). But here’s another cover for Llewellyn’s ‘Witches Companion’ series of books. This will be the eleventh of these covers that I’ve done (see the others here). I’ll try and post some more Penguin ‘biography’ samples in the next few days if I can find the time.