Been a busy month. So much so, that I’ve neglected keeping up my blog since the new year rolled over. I’m finishing up the ‘Western Stars’ coloring book (the last one, which I finished up this morning is pictured above — I’ll share more of these once the book is published, sometime this summer), and I’m about in the middle of finishing up the ‘Area 51′ book for Penguin (these will be shared next year, most likely, after publication), and making a few revisions to the ‘Constitution’ book for the same publisher. I’ve also had a few short term projects from Green Prints, the American Bar Association, and the Chronicle of Higher Education somewhere in the middle of all this, as well as prelim sketches for the annual ‘Witches Companion’ interiors (which I’ll be finishing up in the next few weeks). Below are some additional pieces from this past month.
Additionally, I was started to get a little worried about what would be coming up next once these projects all wrap up, but got some nice news yesterday that the Macmillan project that I worked on last October has been green lighted for additional editions, so I’ll be starting on a book about the ‘space race’ sometime in February. Hanging on here in my 29th year in business.
A few of the assignments I did this week, including an assignment for River Styx (above), and another courtroom scene for the ABA (below), and a couple more covers for the Dover Evergreen Classics series of reprints (Tom Sawyer and Rose in Bloom, pictured at the bottom). I’ll likely be starting back to work on book project finishes next week.
Been busy with a few book projects, and I’m currently in the ‘changeover’ period between the two. Just finished up with 50 spot illustrations for an upcoming book (I’ll post samples later this week), and starting on 80 illustrations for another (which will be complete sometime next month). In the meantime, here’s a ‘short turnaround’ magazine illustration for the American Bar Association.
Just finished up a coloring book project (above is a single sample of the thirty one illustrations I did for this book last month), along the same lines as two previous scratchboard coloring book project I have done for Dover over the past year or so. This was a first for me, a project that that I personally initiated, as opposed to waiting around for a project to come my way. Over the past few years, while walking the dog down at our nearby Riverside Park, I was struck by how picturesque some of the trees were and how it might be interesting to bring a sketchbook down and draw several of my favorite trees. I’ve never gotten around to actually doing that, but this book includes several trees from the park, as well as one from my own backyard. I had a good time with this book, and look forward to seeing it in print. In similar news, I am told that the previous ‘scratchboard coloring book’ in this series (animals) will be hitting the shelves soon, and I can expect sample copies in the next couple weeks. When that book goes to press, I’ve have several samples to share here (the same goes for the tree book).
Meanwhile, here are a few other projects that I’ve been working on over the past week or so. The first one was for Barrons, and the courtroom scene is a cover for the American Bar Association. (eagle eyed observers will note that I used the same ‘man viewed from the back’ reference for the judge that I used in an assignment the previous week).
I’ve another couple book projects that I’m expecting to start any day now, but in the meantime I have a few other short deadline projects to keep me busy, that I may share later in the week.
Continuing to be super busy since mid-January with no end in sight. Mostly on Book Publishing projects that I can’t show on this blog just yet due to contractual reasons (currently embroiled in a series of three paper doll books, with a couple more projects waiting in the wings mid-April). I’ve a few smaller projects to show for March (along with another one of those ‘comic strip ads’ that I’m not going to bother to display, see previous months to get the gist of it), the one above is for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, below is a piece for the American Association I did a few weeks ago, and below that is an illustration for Delaware Today that I just finished up this morning. I also have some interesting developments this past month with regards to my annual ‘Krampus Holiday Card’ images that I’ve been doing for the past several years, but I will wait to give further details in a future post.
And speaking of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine; I’ve been doing illustrations for this publication since 1989, and I am looking for back issues from the years 1989-1998 in which my artwork has appeared. If you happen to have copies in your attic gathering dust, drop me an email, and I’d be happy to make an offer on them.