A week of semi-normalcy

AHMM, Baker Book House, Boston Globe, ChronicleHE, River Styx

Finished up one of the book projects early last week and started work on a sample illustration for one of the upcoming book projects (pictured further down this blog entry). Besides the ‘publishing work’, I also had a series of quicker turnaround jobs to keep me busy throughout the rest of the week. The above illustration (and the accompanying spot below) were for an upcoming issue of GreenPrints. Below that is a color illustration for the Boston Globe that I finished up on Thursday.

On Friday, I finished up a story assignment for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (pictured above). Today I had a few rough sketches to do for some upcoming projects this week. Below are a few of the rejected sketches for a Chronicle assignment, plus a story assignment for River Styx.

Workin’

ABA, Baker Book House, ChronicleHE


Finished up the ‘Little Amish Girls’ project this week, and started on the ‘Little Pioneer Girls’ project (which should keep me busy for the next month or so). At the bottom of this post are the remaining ‘Amish’ illustrations, and the ‘Pioneer’ illustrations will have to remain under wraps for the time being. Above is an illustration for the ABA that I finished up this morning, and below is a Chronicle assignment I did earlier this week.






Changeover

ABA, Baker Book House


The week ended with an email from the art department of one of my publisher clients, with the go ahead to finish up one of the big projects that has been sitting on a back burner for the past month. I’m at about the 3/4 mark of the ‘Little Amish Girl’ book project, so I’ll be redoubling my efforts over this weekend to get this one cleared up so I can begin work on the next project. I’ll be changing over from ‘Little Amish Girls’ to ‘Little Frontier Girls’ but with a similar line art style, and unfortunately, this is another project that I’ll be holding off on samples until publication, so the posts may be slowing down, but rest assured I’ll have a busy schedule over the next six weeks or so. Here’s the ‘Amish Girl’ output over the past week in the meantime.







And, while all this ongoing publishing work has been keeping me fairly busy, I’m still working on the infrequent magazine assignment here and there. Here’s a few sketches for some upcoming illustrations for the ABA:


And, since summer is fast approaching, I’ve begun thinking about some ‘busy work’ to keep me occupied during the inevitable summer slow period (although with this book project, I may not have a slow period this summer). I’ve decided to continue with the ‘portrait theme’ that I did last year, except I’m going to concentrate on a list of ‘Famous People pre-1900′ that I found on my Zazzle store, and put these portraits to work on tee shirts mugs etc, on the off chance there are fans of these obscure personages. I’m starting with the ‘Architects’, and the first one in the series was Filippo Brunelleschi. As my schedule has changed since I did this last week, I may not get to another one until sometime in June or July.

Back to work.

Promising Start to the week

Baker Book House, Self Promotion, WSJ


Got a call from a couple old clients I hadn’t heard from in a long while over the past weekend, one of which I finished up this morning (pictured above, for the Wall Street Journal, click on the image to see a larger version). Been kind of down in the dumps this past month, with business remaining quite sluggish for the first quarter of the year, and it was nice to get back to my ‘wheelhouse style’, with a project that was a joy to work on.

Otherwise, I’ve been immersed in more book project work that have to remain under wraps for now (and expecting sketch approvals on another one any day now). I started work on the 4th ‘Little Amish Girl’ book that I’m doing for a local publisher, and below are a few samples from this project that I’ve been working on over the past week.






I had to make some drastic decisions regarding my online marketing plans in the past few weeks, and ended up dropping one my listing sites. I’ve decided to put the advertising funds that I would have spent on that website, and put out another postcard in the near future. This was a self promo piece I did a couple years ago, but have yet to make use of, and will likely be sending these out in the next couple weeks.

Deep Freeze

AHMM, Baker Book House, ChronicleHE, Self Promotion


After a January of unseasonably warm temperatures here in Michigan, we’ve been plunged into the teens and single digits, and been dumped on with about a foot of snow, but that’s Michigan, more than likely it will be back in the 60s to 80s next week. Been busy working over the past week, whilst taking care of my Dad, over for a visit from his current home in Lansing. I’m only now getting a chance to catch up on posting my latest work.

Above is a light hearted piece I finished up for the Chronicle this morning (you can click on the small image above to see a larger one). Yesterday I managed to finish up the ‘Amish Girl’ project (although there are a few additional ‘coloring pages’ I need to work on later this week), and below are the remaining chapter illustrations for this collection.

Plus, somewhere in the past week, I finished up another fiction illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. Oddly enough, I also got a sample copy in the mail yesterday, and didn’t realize that I had used a similar ‘flashlight from behind’ concept for an illustration for this same client on the last one. I suppose I need to pay closer attention to the back catalog when I am conceptualizing.


And, in ‘self promotion news’, my latest postcard should be hitting the mailboxes today or tomorrow. I chose to promote my portraits, after spending most of last summer drawing those 200 facebook illustrations.
Coming up next: I just received the contracts for a rather large book illustration project for this spring, but it looks as though the contract stipulates that I shouldn’t share the work in progress, so I’ll likely be keeping that job under wraps until a later date.