Continuing with my salute to the Presidents (with President’s Day falling on Monday of this week), I’ve dug up all the presidential illustrations I’ve done in my nearly thirty year career. The more obscure early presidents from John Quincy Adams through James Buchanan are mostly culled from a few projects from about ten years ago, a collection of caricature portraits for a Dover Sticker Book, and a series of woodcut illustrations for a set of Uncle Goose Presidential Blocks (I’ll have to share a photo I have of former President Clinton holding a set of these blocks in a future posting). Once we get to Lincoln, I have several illustrations to dig out of the archives, and scrolling down we also find an extra James Madison and George Washington that I had forgotten about (dating back to around 2002).
Finished up the cover illustration for the Western Legends book this morning. The book will include portraits of: John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Lee Van Cleef, James Stewart, Katy Jurado, Walter Brennan, Randolph Scott, Vera Miles, Clint Eastwood, Jack Elam, Jack Palance, Gene Autry, Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Widmark, Chuck Connors, Amanda Blake, Cleavon Little, James Arness, James Garner, Raquel Welch, Gary Cooper, Marlene Dietrich, Lorne Greene, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, William Holden, Sam Elliott, Woody Strode, Katharine Ross, Wes Studi, Alan Ladd & Robert Duvall. I also had done one of Marie Windsor, but she got left on the cutting room floor (she was deemed a bit too obscure). I had a hard time keeping the list down to only 31 pages, and I ended up with a list of 75 names of actors and actresses and character actors whom I wish I could have included. Who knows, perhaps a sequel someday… Wish my Dad could have hung around a few more years to have seen this book, I think he would have enjoyed it quite a bit.
Been a busy month. So much so, that I’ve neglected keeping up my blog since the new year rolled over. I’m finishing up the ‘Western Stars’ coloring book (the last one, which I finished up this morning is pictured above — I’ll share more of these once the book is published, sometime this summer), and I’m about in the middle of finishing up the ‘Area 51′ book for Penguin (these will be shared next year, most likely, after publication), and making a few revisions to the ‘Constitution’ book for the same publisher. I’ve also had a few short term projects from Green Prints, the American Bar Association, and the Chronicle of Higher Education somewhere in the middle of all this, as well as prelim sketches for the annual ‘Witches Companion’ interiors (which I’ll be finishing up in the next few weeks). Below are some additional pieces from this past month.
Additionally, I was started to get a little worried about what would be coming up next once these projects all wrap up, but got some nice news yesterday that the Macmillan project that I worked on last October has been green lighted for additional editions, so I’ll be starting on a book about the ‘space race’ sometime in February. Hanging on here in my 29th year in business.
A few of the assignments I did this week, including an assignment for River Styx (above), and another courtroom scene for the ABA (below), and a couple more covers for the Dover Evergreen Classics series of reprints (Tom Sawyer and Rose in Bloom, pictured at the bottom). I’ll likely be starting back to work on book project finishes next week.