As with the previous post, I am not sure which of these books is ‘volume 1’ or ‘volume 2’ or whatever, but I’m calling this one ‘volume 2’, as it is the 2nd book I’ve managed to get my hands on after two decades. There are still two additional volumes of this set, and I’m on the lookout for those, and shall post samples when I manage to get my hands on them.
I did not do the cover on this one, and the volume of interior illustrations was a little less than the previous book. In this one I just did two large illustrations for the start of stories, and a full page ‘upside down’ illustration for a poem. As with the previous book, the style relied heavily on my cartoon style, which comprised of india ink outlines, colored with Philip Martin dyes and colored pencil (on a bristol board).
Good examples of what my cartoon style used to look like in the ‘pre-digital’ days.
In February (and probably a few months prior), I took part in illustrating several children’s stories for local publisher, Christian Schools International (they were associated with Christian Home & School, a magazine I had been working for during the past year). There were four volumes, if I remember correctly, and my art graced the cover of one of them (pictured to the left). Several stories in each volume featured illustrations by me, but I was only one of many illustrators hired to fill the pages of this book. I’ve since misplaced all the artwork for these (if they were ever returned, I don’t remember), and I used to have copies of the books, but I seem to have mislaid them as well.
ADDENDUM 2018: I’ve managed to track down copies of two of the volumes that I appear in (the one pictured above and another), and am still on the hunt for the other two copies (pictured below). I’ll be posting the art from each of the books as my schedule allows, and I’ll be posting each volume under a separate blog entry.
If anyone has a lead on one of these, drop me an email and I’d be happy to purchase them from you.
Also, over January and February I gained a few new clients; Home Office Computing and Writer’s Digest.