Cheerleading

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Hunkered down at home like everyone else. A lot of my friends are having a hard time coping with the solitary lifestyle, the isolation, the face-to-face daily interactions of their co-workers. I feel for them, but let’s face it, I’ve had decades of practice at this. During the first twenty years, before I started playing music in a band, I rarely left the house and socialized with anyone other than parents at my son’s school functions.

The one thing I AM feeling, however, is the dread and the uncertainty for the future. Above is an illustration for Delaware Today, one of two that I’m working on this week. I am so grateful for their continued patronage in these difficult times. It has been a difficult year so far, slower than any in the past thirty, and this was before the pandemic hit. I had a few book projects lined up, but now I’m not sure they are still in the works, considering the impending recession. I am still open for business, and trying to keep focused and busy with ‘self generated’ projects. Stay healthy everyone, and best of luck weathering the storm.

Work and Play

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Above and below are a few assignments for Today Media this past week. A portrait (above) for Delaware Today, and a piece on educational paths to employment (below) for Hudson Valley. The one below ended up having a lot of editorial fingers in the pie (I generally dislike “labelling” in my illustrations, but…), but that’s the nature of the job.

In the meantime, I want to put in a plug for Lynda Barry’s wonderful book “Making Comics”, which I discovered over the holidays, and have since been pushing on everyone I know. The book is influenced by a college course that Ms. Barry teaches, and is full of inspiring activities mostly involving very disposable art materials, like crayons, flair markers and cheap manuscript books. I threw an “Art Jam” party for a number of friends on Friday, and we experimented with a few of the assignments, and since then, I’ve been doing many of the activities on my own, which has helped loosen me up a bit, even on my day to day illustration projects. Below are a few samples from my ‘comics diary’.

Still in a Holding Pattern

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Still awaiting the green light to start a few upcoming book projects, so in the meantime, I’m working on a future project as a collaboration with my son. Above is another concept drawing, this time visualizing what sort of mounts our characters would be riding.

Also, while awaiting the ‘big projects’, I had a few quick turnaround pieces for Today Media, pictured below, one for Hudson Valley and the other for Delaware Today.

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Rapidly Approaching 57

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Seems like just yesterday I was celebrating the my 50th birthday, and now here I am suddenly facing down my 57th. Been a slow start to 2019 so far, but I have a few big projects that I’ll soon be starting on (hopefully next week), and in the meanwhile I have been doing a few quick turnaround pieces (above for Delaware Today, below for Hudson Valley), and I’ve been working through a series of 8 full page scratchboard interiors for Llewellyn’s “Witches Companion” for this year (I’ll share these next week when I’ve got them all completed).

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