Back in 2015, I illustrated a ‘paper doll’ book called ‘Scream Queens’ for Dover. I shared a few samples back then, but until now, I haven’t shared the entire collection of dolls from this book. These were all iconic horror movie actresses (personally, I preferred the more obscure ‘classic era’ actresses, but the editors insisted on a larger percentage of more recent recognizable faces — but I stuck to my guns on Barbara Steele despite their objections), and include their costume from their most recognizable film role, plus a small object or two that relate to the same role. Elsa Lanchester, of course, from ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’ I have shared before, and below we have Barbara Steele (from “The Pit and the Pendulum” and many other classic B horror films of the sixties), Chloe Grace Moretz (from “Let Me In”, the U.S. remake of “Let The Right One In”), Emma Roberts (from the television show “American Horror Story”), and Evelyn Ankers (from “The Wolfman”).
Above we have Fay Wray (from “King Kong”), Heather Langenkamp (from “Nightmare on Elm Street”), Jamie Lee Curtis (from “Halloween” and many other eighties horror films) and her mother Janet Leigh (from “Psycho”). Below are Jennifer Tilly (from “The Bride of Chucky”), Judith O’Dea (from “Night of the Living Dead”), Neve Campbell (from “The Craft” and many of the “Scream” films) and Vonette McGee (from “Blackula”).
And then wrapping up with Sarah Michelle Geller (from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Sissy Spacek (from “Carrie”) and finally, below with Tippi Hedron (from “The Birds”).
A fun little anecdote, the tee shirt that Chloe Grace Moretz wears in the film “Let Me In” is actually supposed to be a ‘KISS’ tee shirt, but the editors were worried about the copyright issues, so they had me change it, so I used this excuse to sneak a logo of my own band the “Jukejoint Handmedowns” onto her shirt.
Continuing to work on sketches for another Penguin ‘What Was’ book, and gearing up to get started on several books for MacMillan in the coming weeks (and complicated by several trips to the hospital over the past two weeks dealing with my wife’s health issues). This morning I found time to finish some artwork for an upcoming reprint of ‘Little Women’ for Dover (pictured above). I may have a few more samples of quick turnaround work to share tomorrow afternoon.
The ‘author copies’ for this coloring book from Dover just arrived on the doorstep this morning. I’ll get around to sharing the art for this book sometime this summer. Big thanks to my Uncle Ken for the inspiration, and for helpful suggestions as to what cars I should include (and backdrops, like the Flint Planetarium). Available on Amazon.
Starting work on the new Penguin “Who Was” project this week, and also finishing up a few cover assignments for Dover’s ‘Evergreen Classics’ library. Above is the cover art for “Moonfleet”, and below is the art for “Huckleberry Finn”. If I find the time this week, I’ll share some art from a previous “Who Was” project from a few years ago, so stay tuned.
Been a quiet second half of March. A smattering of assignments here and there, but not busy by any means. A lot of music gigs, which keeps my mental health on an even keel. Above is one of the Dover Evergreen covers that I’m currently working on, “National Velvet”, and I’ll be doing three others over the next few days. (update: Below is the cover for the Rudyard Kipling book “Kim”)