Not a lot going on this past week, had a quick turnaround illustration for the Chronicle on Monday (pictured above), and I’ve been working on some sketches for upcoming projects.
I also finished up the 2 page comic for the Freaks of Nurture story, which I had started last week. I tried something a little different with this one, instead of having my writing partner try to come up with a single page scenario (with obligatory punchline at the end), I instead adapted one of his existing blog essays. I found this a bit more challenging, and in the end, I was pretty pleased with the result.
A case of insomnia last night led to this early early morning watercolor sketch of Tea Partier and GOP ‘Loose Cannon’ Sarah Palin.
Also, in the self promotion arena; I signed up earlier this week with another online marketing site, and my portfolio page is now up and active at ‘Hire An Illustrator’. This is a UK based site, and features an unlimited portfolio upload feature, and the option to join in ‘postcard package’ mailings to their European markets. The portfolio page is best viewable, I’ve found, with Firefox, as it has a strange glitch when using Safari.
I’ll also be re-upping with theispot.com’s directory at the end of this month. I’ve been a subscriber to this site for eleven years now, and it has led to several new clients over the last decade, although it feels as if it has been slowing down in the past few years. I’d be interested in hearing what other illustrator’s experiences have been with either of these two sites, or if there are others that I might want to check out.
Been working on another comics story for the ‘Freaks of Nurture’ project, and just finished up page one of a two page story (more to come later in the week). Click on the image above to see a larger version.
Had an assignment this week for a newer publication, ‘Red Thread’ out of Detroit, and, at 11×17, I didn’t feel like the scratchboard style would quite work, so I returned to a style that I had first begun to market way back in my earliest days of freelancing, a loose, sketchy pastel style (except in those days it was actual chalk pastels on paper, and boy was it a mess, especially in trying to send to clients, and then the scanning process on their end…). You can click on the image above for a larger version.
I have a large-ish cover assignment for a Detroit client scheduled for the 2nd half of the week, but in the meantime, here are a few small jobs that have been trickling in during the week. The above illustration was a quick turnaround assignment for the Chronicle, and the illustration below was for a friend’s blog where he talks about various hair stylists and hair mishaps he’s endured over the years.