Early November Assignments

ABA, personal, rough sketches

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November has started out rather slowly. I had cleared this month deliberately, in order to make room for a large project that I was expecting to start on by this time. Still in a holding pattern at this time (but I am assured that the project is still forthcoming, so stay tuned), and in the meantime, I am taking on whatever work is coming my way for the short term. Above is the finished piece for the American Bar Association’s publication “Litigation” (rough sketch was shared in the previous post), and below is an illustration that I did for a friend’s CD cover (almost ten years ago, we had appeared together in a local theater production of “Woody Guthrie’s American Song”).

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Below is a sketch for a possible magazine illustration for a former client who is now working for ‘The Common Reader’, a publication of Washington University-St. Louis (the story seems to be about a craft item purchased at a prison). In the meantime, I’m enjoying the slow pace of the last few weeks, and getting a lot of reading done. Hopefully things pick up soon.

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Recent Developments

ABA, Skyhorse Publishing

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Above is a¬†spot¬†illustration I finished up this morning for the American Bar Association. I’ve been working with the ABA since 1997 (so, just a little over twenty years, right about the time I switched from traditional to digital illustration), and their projects are always interesting and challenging. This was for a story on international law as how it may apply to businesses in the heartland of the USA. Also this weekend, a chance encounter with an old client I hadn’t heard from in a while, led to another upcoming book project. This one will be a reprint of an older children’s book with several illustrations by me, somewhat imitating the style of classic illustrator Harrison Cady. I did one over the weekend as a sample (pictured below), and I’ll give you more information as it comes across the desk sometime in June and July.

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In the meantime, I’m currently working on two book projects for MacMillan, both somewhat connected to themes on the United States Presidency. I should be finishing both of those up by the end of the month, and will share some samples once they are published.

Been a busy month medically for the whole family. Our dog started us off with some veterinary surgery, then the wife had some unexpected emergency surgery, and then an extended stay at the hospital for an infection, and I finished us off last week with some hernia repair. Everybody’s starting to finally get back on the mend, and spring has arrived in Michigan with lots of rain, leaves have popped on all the trees and Summer is only a few short weeks away.

 

 

January Projects

ABA, ChronicleHE, Dover

RobertDuvallwebusageBeen 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.

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Wrapping up September

ABA, Dover, River Styx

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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.

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