Full Plate

Barrons, ChronicleHE, Facebook Faces


A full plate of work today, despite having the Museum project suddenly put on the brakes yesterday evening. Did a lot of sketching and conceptualizing today, firstly, for a Chronicle job (the finish of which is posted above), then some sketches for a Barrons spot illo due later this week (sketches for both are pictured below). Also found some time today to do a ‘blown covers’ sketch for next month’s ‘Halloween’ theme, plus did a couple quickie portraits. The first one, is of my niece Abby, done in oil pastels, and the second is of Maureen, the mother of friends (#66 and #81) from High School (there was only one photo to choose from for reference for this one).




Above is one of several concepts I sent to Barrons this morning, which they wanted to see revised to include a businessman, and for the finish, have asked for a few additional tweaks (the finish will be posted later this week).


165 Keith

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Work seems to be picking up a little bit these past few weeks, so I may be slowing down a bit on the portraits. I found a little time today to do another one in the same style that I’ve been playing around with for the past four (I like the way it looks, especially if I manage to keep the colors to a minimum and not overwork it, plus it has the added benefit of being quick and easy when I have a busy work schedule). This one is of Keith, the director of the Woody Guthrie play I was involved with several years ago.

The rest of this week should be a little hectic, what with another trip to South Haven in the middle of the week, plus several finishes for the museum project due, and a few rush jobs that came in today, plus a few revises to the Amish girl project.

164 Matt (& stuff)

Facebook Faces, xibitz


Today I spent most of the morning working on another of the ‘investment book’ illustrations (under wraps for the time being), plus started work on two illustrations for an upcoming museum display project (pictured at bottom). After the day’s ‘real work’ was completed, I found a little time for another ‘facebook portrait’. This one, still in the same style I’ve been playing around with for the past three days, is of Matt, a musician I met a few years ago (pictured above).

163 & Blown Cover Entry

Blown Covers, Facebook Faces


Really liked how last night’s portrait of Matt came out (#162), so tried to do another in a similar style (couldn’t quite capture the same magic though). This one is of ‘Cat’, another of the ‘Woody Guthrie’ people from that local theater production I was involved with several years ago (she was the stage manager), and we all seemed to join facebook right at about the same time. Others from that group include: #160 (John, Props), #149 (Bill, fiddle player, pit band), #117 (Martin, music director), #102 (Erin, asst. director), #37 (Bud: old woody/pa), #42 (Glen: middle age woody), #51 (Annie: ma), #100 (Keenan: young woody) and #127 (Margi: choral director), and of course, myself (Tim: Cisco & utility infielder).

And another ‘Blown Covers’ contest is over, and here was my entry for this month.

Meanwhile, continuing to finish up the ‘investment book’ interior illustrations, and I’ll be starting on another museum display project next week. Hope to be home in Grand Rapids this evening.

160, 161 & 162 (the apostles)

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One more day in South Haven, and I’ll be heading back home Thursday night. Spent the morning working on another illustration from the ‘investment book’ project (I think I have two more of these to go, but unfortunately, these illustrations are under wraps for the time being), and most of the afternoon at the doctor’s office for my Dad’s chemo treatment. In the evening hours, worked up a quick portrait for my ongoing ‘facebook portrait’ project, and tonight did #160, John (immediately above), another person linked to that ‘Woody Guthrie’ play that I was involved with several years ago, though I couldn’t tell you exactly what this guy’s job was (something to do with sets I think). Others from that group include: #149 (Bill, fiddle player, pit band)#117 (Martin, music director), #102 (Erin, asst. director), #37 (Bud: old woody/pa), #42 (Glen: middle age woody), #51 (Annie: ma), #100 (Keenan: young woody) and #127 (Margi: choral director), and of course, myself (Tim: Cisco & utility infielder).

And later in the evening hours did another quick one of Mark, a local musician who I met at a jam session last year. And then, still later, did a pen & ink portrait of my cousin Matthew (pictured at top), since I was already in the ‘Matthew, Mark & John’ mode (I don’t think I have a friend called Luke).