Getting ready for Thanksgiving week. I’ve just finished another of the ‘What was’ books for Penguin, and worked up sketches for another one. (I’ll likely share some more samples from older books in this series sometime in December) On Thursday I made a trip down to Kendall College of Art and Design to do a lecture on ‘Freelance Illustration’ to a group of third year illustration students (thanks again to Mike for inviting me down, and to the great group of students who shared their portfolios with me at the end of class – you were all very inspirational to this old man). I was reminded of my favorite quote from the movie ‘Chinatown’, where the villain Noah Cross (played by John Huston) talks of ‘respectability': “Politicians, Ugly Buildings and Whores all get respectable, if they last long enough.” — so this old Kendall dropout was quite tickled to be doling out advice to the young illustrators of tomorrow. Meanwhile, the work continues … On Friday afternoon I finished up the above illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, one of my longest running clients (my first assignment for them was in the fall of 1989). Next week I’ll be starting on sketches for another book project, which will likely be taking up most of December.
Aside from the ongoing coloring book project, I also had a few smaller assignments over the past few weeks. Above is an assignment for ‘Hudson Valley’ Magazine, and below is another fiction illustration for ‘Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine’. Alfred Hitchcock is one of my longest running clients, who I did my first assignment for back in 1989.
Each time I post another assignment for AHMM, I post this plea for ‘back issues’. I am missing many of the earlier issues that my work appeared in, so if you happen to have old copies of this magazine from 1989-1999 I’d be interested in hearing from you.
Did another fiction illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine this week. Been working for this magazine since 1989, and never tire of the variety and the challenges of the assignments. Also, as this is one of the few remaining ‘pulp digests’ out there still in print, I enjoy the idea that I am linked in some way to those forgotten illustrators of yesteryear who I so admire.
Each time I post a new illustration, I renew my plea for old back issues. I am missing copies of issues where my work has appeared from the years 1989-2000. If you happen to have a pile of old musty Hitchcocks in your attic, get in touch with me, I’d love to take some of them off your hands.
This morning I finished up a fiction assignment for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This was for a story about a robbery at a Catskills resort and involves a lot of old time jewish comedians. This magazine is currently my longest continuous client relationship, with my first assignment for them being in my first year of business, back in 1989. You can see other samples of my work with this magazine here at this link. I love working for them, as they are one of the last surviving ‘pulp fiction’ digests, and, for me, it feels like a romantic link to the past, to a long list of forgotten illustrators going back to earliest days of the pulps.
I’ve been diligently saving every issue that my work has appeared in, and I’ve got a nice stack of old AHMM magazines on my bookshelf, but I’ve misplaced some of the earliest years, and would love to get my hands on some old copies of this magazine from 1989-2003. So, if you should happen to read this, and have a box of old back issues in the attic, drop me a line, and perhaps we can work out a deal.
Things are starting to pick up now that the summer is winding down. Besides the ongoing ‘coloring book’ project that I’m currently working on (samples to come upon publication), and several book projects either awaiting sketch approval or promised and expecting to start any day now, I’ve also been getting a few short turnaround projects. For the past few days at least, it has started to feel like normalcy. Above, is an illustration I finished up this morning for the Chronicle on ‘Book Piracy’, and below, another fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.