Every once in a while I like to share the rough sketch phase of some of my projects. This is a two page spread for Delaware Today that I’m currently awaiting approval on before going to finish.
Something a little different for Delaware Today this morning. The assignment was to feature a particular kind of fish (of which I was supplied very detailed reference), and to show it being fished by the local Native tribesmen (of which I was able to find only weak reference material), so I designed the illustration around the strengths and weaknesses (detailed and colorful fish in foreground, rather subdued tones and rough sketchy figures). Using a mix of digital tools and art materials, it came out kind of interesting.
Had a couple quick turnaround assignments this week, in addition to the book projects I’m currently working on (detailed in the last post). A series of three illustrations for the American Bar Association (client since 1997, and thanks so much for the assignments over the years!), and a graduation themed illustration for Delaware Today (client since 1999, and a big thank you to them as well, especially for all the work during these past two years).
As I was saying yesterday, I had a brief interlude this week (from the ongoing multiple concurrent book projects), working on some small scratchboard spot illustrations for Delaware Today. These were a trio of images to accompany an article on various legal issues of the day (in particular, ‘hacking’, ‘work at home issues’ and ‘vaccine mandates’). It had been a while since I’d worked in this style, so it was a nice change of pace and a break from what feels like 2 solid months of ‘the same old thing’ every day.
I also managed to squeeze in a rough sketch for the upcoming Witches Companion cover yesterday (pictured below), and was contacted about a few more ‘quick turnaround’ projects for next week, so hold on to your hats, the coming week is looking like it will be a bumpy ride.
I apparently jumped the starting gun yesterday when I went to finish on one of the three spot illustrations for Delaware Today. There was some confusion about which of my rough sketches they wanted me to do, and I picked the wrong one. Here’s the first of them, on ‘hacking’, replacing the one I did yesterday. I’m not too broken up about it, I actually like this one better. I plan on finishing up the other two tomorrow morning, and will post them at that time.