Was asked to revise one of the illustrations for a revised edition of the book “What is the Constitution?” for Penguin Young Readers. Since it was published, of course, we have a new member of the “Impeached Presidents” club, and they wanted “The Previous Guy” added to the portraits of Johnson and Clinton.
In the meantime, I’m currently in a holding pattern, awaiting the manuscripts for two new ‘Who Was’ books, one on Charles Schultz, and another on the Harlem Renaissance. Hoping to get started in the coming weeks.
I’m in the middle of another ‘Who Was’ book project for Penguin currently. This one is on Walt Whitman. I usually post samples from the book a couple years after it has been published, but today, I thought I’d share with you what a typical day’s workload looks like when I’m doing one of these books. I try to shoot for a minimum of 6 illustrations per day, to meet the deadline the publisher has set for September 3rd (I always plan on trying to beat the deadline by a few days). This schedule is workable for me, as it takes up most of the day, but also leaves a little wiggle room in case I also need to fit in another project. This was todays’ 6 illustrations, and they usually range from single half page spots like above to 2 page spreads like the two below, with the occasional small spot (like the portrait). Today’s big challenge was the elaborate theater scene, which took a good chunk of the day to complete.
In 2018 I illustrated my 17th title in the New York Times Bestselling “Who Was” series for young readers. This was probably my favorite of the books to work on, as I have been an avid movie buff (especially the early years of cinema) since a young child, and there’s nothing I like better than drawing movie screen legends. I have shared a sampling of illustrations from this book back when I completed it, but this is the first time sharing the entire collection of nearly 80 illustrations. I’m currently working on my 21st title, and recently finished up the 20th, but I usually wait a few years before sharing the illustrations.
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.