Above and below are a few assignments for Today Media this past week. A portrait (above) for Delaware Today, and a piece on educational paths to employment (below) for Hudson Valley. The one below ended up having a lot of editorial fingers in the pie (I generally dislike “labelling” in my illustrations, but…), but that’s the nature of the job.
In the meantime, I want to put in a plug for Lynda Barry’s wonderful book “Making Comics”, which I discovered over the holidays, and have since been pushing on everyone I know. The book is influenced by a college course that Ms. Barry teaches, and is full of inspiring activities mostly involving very disposable art materials, like crayons, flair markers and cheap manuscript books. I threw an “Art Jam” party for a number of friends on Friday, and we experimented with a few of the assignments, and since then, I’ve been doing many of the activities on my own, which has helped loosen me up a bit, even on my day to day illustration projects. Below are a few samples from my ‘comics diary’.
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.
The website may be off and on over the next few days/weeks, as we have decided to change hosting sites, and need to switch the website over. Hopefully it goes without a hitch, but you never know. Thanks for your patience.
Still awaiting the green light on the graphic novel project. Above is a spot illustration for Hudson Valley I did this morning. I have a lot more paintings to post but I’ll do that in a separate entry.
The Dan Rather ‘What Unites Us’ book project has been pushed back to a start date of the beginning of April, so I was happy to have a few smaller projects to keep me busy this past week. I’ve also started a larger project for the ABA which fits in nicely with the spare time I’ll have over the next two weeks. Above is an illustration for the Common Reader about a very strange tradition down in Texas, and below is another Hudson Valley illustration on a woman’s sabbatical to Hudson New York.
And also in the “keeping myself busy” category, I’ve dug my old oil paints out of mothballs, and have begun painting again. Hopefully I’ll have something to post along those lines in the near future.
Still awaiting the green light to start a few upcoming book projects, so in the meantime, I’m working on a future project as a collaboration with my son. Above is another concept drawing, this time visualizing what sort of mounts our characters would be riding.
Also, while awaiting the ‘big projects’, I had a few quick turnaround pieces for Today Media, pictured below, one for Hudson Valley and the other for Delaware Today.