I finished up a book project this past weekend, and I’ve found myself with some downtime this week, so I began working on a project on my own (sample pictured above). I’m not quite sure where this is headed just yet. The book project is still unpublished, so I won’t be sharing any of the samples from that one just yet, maybe later this year. A few new projects have come up late in the week, so I’ll likely be switching over to them for the next couple of days, but then hopefully I’ll have some time to get back to work on this project soon.
For a change of pace today, after I got my sketch quota for the next book out of the way, I decided to do a personal piece using the digital oils. This was based on a ‘found photo’ of some random stranger from the 1950s.
#12 in my ‘Western Movie Stars’ series, Jack Palance. I may have an interested party in publishing these as a coloring book, and will know for sure in a couple weeks. So in the meantime, this will probably be the last sample I’ll post online for a while (at least until publication). Thanks for all the kind comments and suggestions here and on my Facebook page, and I’ll certainly be taking them all very seriously. The series may grow to also include television actors as well as movie actors (which is probably a good idea, as I can then include Barbara Stanwyck, Chuck Connors, Richard Boone and others I hadn’t originally planned on).
Been having a lot of fun with these ‘Western Movie Stars’ illustrations that I’ve been doing the past few weeks. I was due for another ‘Leading Lady’ today, and, went with a personal favorite of mine (though maybe a little obscure to some), Marie Windsor, who was most famous for being Elijah Cook Jr.’s scheming wife in Stanley Kubrick’s film ‘The Killing’, but who also did a fair share of work in the western genre, co-starring with Randolph Scott a few times, and doing plenty of B-Westerns and Western TV Show appearances. Thanks to theispot.com for picking up several of these illustrations for their news feed yesterday. I’m going to begin shopping this project around for a publisher this weekend, now that I’ve got a good representative sampling of the project.
Today’s installment in the ‘Western Stars’ series of illustrations I’ve been doing the past few weeks. Character actor Jack Elam, and I was inspired to do a color version of this one today. Now that I have ten of these completed, I may start shopping this project around, to see if I can find a publisher.