Changeover Period

AHMM, River Styx, US Catholic


These are a few pieces I did during the two week ‘transition period’ between when my old computer died and the new one arrived. Some of them were done on my wife’s laptop (a tricky proposition, especially with a color illustration, as it is hard to judge values on the laptop screen), and some were done half on the laptop and half on the new machine. The illustration above and directly below were fiction pieces for River Styx, below that is a fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock, and at the bottom, the color illustration was for US Catholic.

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.


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.