Been a few weeks since my last posting. I’ve been working hard on finishing up the sketches for one ‘Who Was’ project, and doing finished illustrations for another one on the ‘Civil Rights Movement’ (a few teaser samples below, I usually save the whole project for a few years past the publication date, which is hard, because I’m so happy with how so many in this book turned out). I’ve also been working on another animation project, which will probably not see the light of day for another month or more. I’m also happy to announce I’ve got another book project lined up for a new client over the next couple of months. So hopefully things are slowly looking hopeful again after several months of stress. The above illustration was a quick one this morning for Delaware Today.
I’m currently in a ‘holding pattern’ on several books (either waiting for the manuscript to begin rough sketches, or waiting on rough sketches to be approved to go to finish, or waiting final approval to go to publication), and, since two of the books on the docket are from the ‘Who Was’ series, I thought I’d take the time to share the artwork from a previously published title that I was involved with. This one is “Where is Area 51?” from a few years back, and, like most of these projects, consisted of around 80 illustrations of various sizes, ranging from spot art to two page spreads. Like the ‘Bermuda Triangle’ project, this one had a fair number of airplanes to draw, plus quite a few barren landscapes. While I have shared a few samples from this book here in the past, this is the first time sharing all of the collection.
The two books I am currently working on (What was the Civil Rights Movement? and Who was Walt Whitman?) are the 20th and 21st books that I will have illustrated for this series. The others were:
PENGUIN ‘WHO WAS’ CHECKLIST:
What was the Bombing of Hiroshima? – 2019
What was the Vietnam War? – 2018
Where is Hollywood? – 2018
Where is Area 51? – 2018
What is The Constitution? – 2018
Where Is The Bermuda Triangle? – 2017
What was the Ten Commandments? – 2017
Where Is The Eiffel Tower? – 2017
What Was The Chicago Fire? – 2016
Who Was Milton Bradley? – 2016
Where Is Niagara Falls? – 2015
Who Was Edgar Allan Poe? – 2015
Who Was Robert Ripley? – 2014
Who Was Julius Caesar? – 2014
Who Was Isaac Newton? – 2014
What is the Panama Canal? – 2014
Who Were The Wright Brothers? – 2014
What Was the Lewis & Clark Expedition? – 2014
Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder? – 2014
One of the interesting side effects of working on these “Who Was” books for Penguin, is the fact that they are also published in various ‘foreign editions’ (which they very nicely send me copies of from time to time). While this is not the first time my work has appeared in other countries (I’ve previously done work for magazines in New Zealand, Hong Kong, Germany and Holland, among others), I believe this is my first experience with foreign editions of books I have appeared in.
For the record, the cover illustrations are not by me, I mostly do the interior illustrations (except for one title, ‘What Was the Lewis and Clark Expedition?’, which I did back in 2014)
From 2017, the fifteenth book in the “Who Was/What Was” series that I illustrated for Penguin Young Readers, was “What Is the U.S. Constitution?” These books generally consisted of 80 or so black and white interior illustrations ranging in size from small spots to two page spreads. All of the illustrations for this book posted on this blog for the first time.
From 2017, another in the series of “Who Was/What Was” books from Penguin Young Readers. These projects are usually in the neighborhood of 80 black and white illustrations of various sizes, from small spots to double page spreads. This one rivaled the ‘Chicago Fire’ project in complexity and scope, with many large crowd scenes and battle scenes and architecture. This was the 14th of these books I’d illustrated, and here are all the illustrations posted for the first time.