This will probably end up being the high point of the year for me. After over 30 years of interior black and white illustrations from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, I had my first color cover assignment. I took a lot of time on this one (more so than usual), and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. The story for this one was a Sherlock Holmes mystery, in which Watson is left to solve the case on his own, and is set on the British moors (a very specific location, in fact, which I had to do a little research on). Some things are worth waiting for.
Working on rough sketches today. Above is an upcoming illustration for the ABA, and below are some revisions to the AHMM cover that I submitted earlier in the week, after some comments from the editors. Will be going to finish on probably both of these next week.
As October slowly creeps towards its end, heading into November, with all the chaos and confusion expected over the elections and the third spike in the virus, I have begun to dare to be hopeful despite it all. One of my regular customers this past year have begun to send a bit more work my way in recent weeks (Delaware Today, with the ‘media overload’ illustration pictured above), and a few more assignments from older clients have started picking up a bit as well. A few book projects are on the horizon, and I find myself keeping a bit more busy these days.
I’m especially excited about one upcoming assignment. After 30 years of doing interior illustrations for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, I was contacted about doing my first cover assignment. Below is my first rough sketch.
Just passing the 2/3 mark and rapidly approaching the 3/4 mark on the “What Unites Us” graphic novel. In the meantime, I am also concurrently working on a series of ‘Saint portraits’ for a catholic publisher in Boston (a sampling shown below), plus I also finished another illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (pictured above). At the bottom of this post is an illustration I did last week for Green Prints. More samples to come next week sometime. Keeping busy.
Work has resumed again on the Dan Rather Graphic Novel, after the first two chapters I did in June were approved. In the meantime, I am squeezing in other work in the margins of my day. The above illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine I did yesterday afternoon, and the annual Witches Companion cover that I have been doing for Llewellyn for the past twelve years is pictured below. This project was spread out over several days during the past week.
In the two or three weeks prior to the ‘green light’ on the graphic novel project, I finished up a book on Hiroshima for Penguin Young Readers (another in their ‘Who Was’ series, my 19th book for them), and I did a series of black and white interiors for another Llewellyn book that I had done some cover art for earlier this year (I may share these at a later date). Meanwhile, back to the drawing board!