Checking In…


Haven’t posted for a while. Been busy with a few book projects that will have to remain under wraps for the time being, but I’ll share them in the future. Finished up a couple magazine/newspaper projects over the past week, the one above was finished up today, and was for Litigation Magazine for the ABA, and the one below was one I did last week for the Wall Street Journal. Both with a lot more text than I’m used to dealing with. (I still have nightmares about my old ‘typesetting days’ back in the eighties, and having jobs fall apart because of the stray typo)

Oscar Poster 2015

AHMM, Oscar Poster, WSJ

Well, it’s that time of year again. Each year, my brother throws an ‘Oscar Party’ at his restaurant in Chicago, and for the past 11 years I’ve done a commemorative caricature poster to give to him. Two weeks until deadline, and I had some free time today, so I took the opportunity to finish this one up. Usually I have some favorites that I make more prominent than others, but this year I just don’t have a horse in this race, so I arranged them fairly conservatively with relation to each other (‘best actor nominees’ on the top row, ‘best actress nominees’ on the next row, and the supporting actors and actresses crammed into the bottom third along with a few ‘best picture’ and ‘best animated feature’ nominees that didn’t have any actors singled out). I think the most challenging one this year was Julianne Moore, with Edward Norton a close second. I’ve done Meryl Streep so often over the past decade, that I don’t even need to work from a reference photo anymore (other than for a costume or makeup). You can see the previous ten posters in this series in this gallery.

Meanwhile I also had a few illustrations I finished up for the WSJ and for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine last weekend, and they can be seen by clicking on the thumbnail links below.

Into December


Started work this week on sketches for a new Young Readers book, and also did the above (right) illustration for the WSJ and the above (left) illustration below for the ABA. (click on each to see a larger version)

Thanksgiving Eve



Finished up this cover illustration for the Wall Street Journal this afternoon, and earlier in the week finished up a book project for Baker Book House. Feeling accomplished and ready to relax and celebrate Thanksgiving with my family in Chicago, and then rushing back on Friday for a show with the Jukejoint Handmedowns. Happy Holidays everyone.


Baker Book House, WSJ

Finished up an assignment for the Journal this morning, pictured above (click on the image to see a larger detailed version), and I’ve also included the rough sketch for it below.

Otherwise, my work this month has been primarily finishing up a book project (a sampling of the 40 or so illustrations pictured below).