Mid June Roundup

AHMM, River Styx

Continuing to work on the Coloring Book project this month (which I’ll share once the book is published), and in the meantime have a few other scratchboard assignments to share. Above is a short fiction illustration I did for River Styx this afternoon, and below is a spot illustration for the introduction page. Below that, another assignment for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine.

And speaking of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine; I’ve been doing illustrations for this publication since 1989, and I am looking for back issues from the years 1989-1998 in which my artwork has appeared. If you happen to have copies in your attic gathering dust, drop me an email, and I’d be happy to make an offer on them.

Once the book project is completed, I’ll perhaps have some extra time to work on an animation project that I’ve been thinking about, in conjunction with my band’s new CD release. It’s been several years since I’ve done any animation work, so I’ll likely have to go back and relearn everything all over again. More on this next month.

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.

February Finish Line

River Styx, WSJ

Above and below are a series of three fiction assignments I did this week for River Styx. Below that, an assignment for the Wall Street Journal Sunday supplement. Next month promises to be a busy one, with three book assignments coming due at the same time, but I’m enjoying a brief window of quiet before the storm. Hopefully by this time next month, we will finally be out of this horrible frigid winter (negative 9 degrees this morning in Grand Rapids).

September Song

Barrons, ChronicleHE, Jukejoint Handmedowns, River Styx

Immediately after Labor Day, things began to pick up around here. These are some of the projects I’ve been working on over this first week of September (interrupted by a weekend trip to the Wheatland Music Festival on the weekend of the 6th). Above was an assignment for the Chronicle of Higher Education last week. Below are a few pieces for Barrons, one done last week, and one I just finished a few moments ago.

Sketches for the two book projects I’ll be working on probably until the start of the Christmas season are in the ‘approval’ stage right now, but I expect to hear back on them sometime later this month, and I can get started on the finishes. As I’ve said before, I’m contractually obligated to keep all these 170 or so illustrations under wraps until after publication, so I won’t be sharing that work here for the time being. In the meantime, however, I’ll be sharing some of the more short deadline work, like the three black and white illustrations I finished earlier this week for River Styx Magazine (pictured below).

Oh, and almost forgot. I also had this book cover illustration for an independent publisher that I did last week. This was unusual in that it was the first job I’ve ever had come to me through my facebook ‘business’ page (that wasn’t a friend or relative).

In music news, the CD is now out, and available on iTunes, Amazon, and other online music sites, and is for sale at our live shows (title: ‘Oh Me Oh My!’ by the Jukejoint Handmedowns). We’ve got a busy weekend coming up, where we’ll be playing two outdoor venues back to back on Saturday afternoon, a Chili cook-off in downtown Grand Rapids, and then a Fall Arts Fair out in Fallasburg Park in Lowell.

Mid Week Roundup

ChronicleHE, Red thread, River Styx

Been a very busy week/weekend so far. Over the weekend I had a rush job for the Jewish Monthly News out of Detroit. This was a portrait of the victim of an unsolved murder from back in the 70s. I seemed to think it called out for something a little different than I usually do, so I tried for some ‘Bernie Fuchs’-esque techniques using mixed medias and a heavy dose of bleach (this was a style that was heavily pushed during my art school days in the early eighties, which was already about 10 years out of date at that time). It was fun and refreshing to try something new and I was quite pleased with the end result (and still managed to go out and enjoy some of the beautiful weather we had this weekend here in Michigan). Click on the image above for a larger version.
On Monday, I finished up a book cover illustration which has been percolating around here for the past month. Unfortunately that one will have to remain under wraps for now.
On Tuesday, which is my usual day for driving over to Lansing to see my Dad, I goofed up and misunderstood a deadline for an old client. I had thought the illustration was due on Wednesday at noon, but I got a call around 3:45 from the designer who informed me that in fact the deadline was Tuesday at noon. I made a mad dash for the home office (and all the way home drawing the image in my head, and trying to figure out ways of getting it done as fast as possible), and once there, managed to get the thing done in about 45 minutes flat and shooting it out in an email by 5:30ish. (image pictured below)

On Wednesday, I now had a little more time for a River Styx fiction illustration, pictured below (and for several rough sketches planned for the afternoon for a wooden block project). A few more book project assignments also came in earlier this week (more ‘hush hush’ stuff that I won’t be able to share) that I’ll likely be occupying myself with over the remainder of the week, and I’m expecting the sketch approvals for another book to show up any day now. Meanwhile, we are in the final stages of recording our new CD, and I’ve started a new animation, so I probably shouldn’t be wasting any more time on this blog. See you next week sometime when I emerge again into the sunshine.