Getting old and forgetful. I was just looking back through my past year of blogging here, and I realized that I had promised back in September that I’d be sharing the illustrations from the ‘Animals Coloring Book’ that came out last year, and I completely forgot to follow through with it. Since this book is rather lengthy, at 50 pages, I think I’ll post them in installments. Here’s the first 8 pages, plus one of the colorized illustrations used for the cover.
Of course, the follow-up book to this one, ‘Beautiful Trees’ will be coming out next month, and I’ve just received my author copies in the mail this past week, so I’ll be likely following up this series of posts with a series devoted to that book (if I don’t completely forget about it that is…).
More book cover illustrations for Dover’s ‘Classics’ reprints. Above is ‘Captains Courageous’ and below is ‘Eight Cousins’. Still working on a new paper doll project, and had to put off starting on the annual ‘Oscar Poster’ until I get some free time (maybe in a few weeks).
Today I’m taking a break from the ongoing ‘what was’ book that I’ve been working on for the past several weeks, and doing a few cover illustrations for Dover. I’ve been doing a series of simple black and white illustrations for their upcoming reprints of classic fiction titles, this being the fourth one so far. The above illustration is for a reprint of the book ‘An Old Fashioned Girl’, and I’ll have another to post this afternoon (eventually posted it a few days later – for ‘Daddy Long Legs’ – see below). In other news, my band has started recording their new cd (our fourth), and I’ll be embroiled in mixing and creating the packaging for this project over the next several months. I’ve also started work on this year’s oscar poster, but it may end up being late this year, considering everything else that is on my plate.
Been working on a Paper Doll project for Dover this past month, and starting on samples for another one that I’m scheduling for March. Here’s just a sample, and, since I’m frankly sick of looking at these people’s faces, I’ll just let the outfits speak for themselves. I’m also starting on sketches for another ‘Who Was’ book, and I’ll be doing several finishes for another ‘Witches Companion’ book over the next few weeks that I’ll be sharing here.
Been spending most of December working on a book project of 30 illustrations (I’ll have samples to share on this project next week, I’m currently about 2/3 done with it), plus several assorted smaller odds n ends projects. The two illustrations shown here are a few book cover designs I’ve been doing for Dover’s reprints of classic fiction (‘Amistad’, above and ‘Red Badge of Courage’ below, in a slightly different style). These will all be printed with two color covers, and I’m hoping to experiment with various styles for these, and I’ll try to post some examples of how they were used, once they show up on Amazon. Meanwhile, a couple other books in the works for the coming year, and mostly things are starting to wind down a little for the holidays.