Had a bit of downtime, so have been working on my Krampus card for this year’s holiday mailing. I have been doing various designs on this theme since 2009. In Bavarian countries, Krampus was St. Nicholas’ demonic counterpart, who would take away the naughty children to his lair and whip them with a switch. I am considering doing a ‘boxed set’ of several of these designs in the near future.
November has started out rather slowly. I had cleared this month deliberately, in order to make room for a large project that I was expecting to start on by this time. Still in a holding pattern at this time (but I am assured that the project is still forthcoming, so stay tuned), and in the meantime, I am taking on whatever work is coming my way for the short term. Above is the finished piece for the American Bar Association’s publication “Litigation” (rough sketch was shared in the previous post), and below is an illustration that I did for a friend’s CD cover (almost ten years ago, we had appeared together in a local theater production of “Woody Guthrie’s American Song”).
Below is a sketch for a possible magazine illustration for a former client who is now working for ‘The Common Reader’, a publication of Washington University-St. Louis (the story seems to be about a craft item purchased at a prison). In the meantime, I’m enjoying the slow pace of the last few weeks, and getting a lot of reading done. Hopefully things pick up soon.
One of my ‘new years resolutions’ this past January, was to try and draw more in the many blank sketchbooks that I have laying around. I’ve never been a reliable sketchbook artist, and often find, that after a long day of drawing for hire, that the last thing I feel like doing is drawing for fun. But I have made a concerted effort this year to address that situation. Here are a few samples of ‘just for fun’ doodles that I have done this past year.