And here’s the finish that I just completed this morning. Last job before we take off for warmer climes over the holidays. Happy Christmas and New Year to everybody!
Sometimes I like to show what my rough sketches look like, especially if they turn out nice like this one today for the Chronicle. I got a job from them yesterday with a longer than usual deadline, but, as I’ll be out of town around the holidays, I’m ending up doing it at the usual pace, with the finish due after the weekend.
Going to be taking a little time off for the holidays, and planning on being back in the office around New Years (the band’s got a NYE gig), then out again until mid-January. Work, of course, has begun to pick up in anticipation of my trying to leave, so I’ve spent the last few weeks frantically working to keep the time off from causing problems with deadlines. The above illustration is one I did this morning for Delaware Today (featuring likenesses of several Delaware-area women politicians). Below is a series of spot illustrations for Barrons (nice to hear from them again, it had been a while) that I did last week. Also this past weekend I had a couple of very busy days putting together a few more ‘comic strip ads’ for a local law firm (apparently the ones I did a few months ago have been a big hit and they want to make this an ongoing series).
Several months ago I did a series of black and white scratchboard illustrations for Dover for an upcoming coloring book. Here’s a few samples from this collection (I may post a few more in the coming weeks). I also did a few ‘color’ versions of some of these illustrations for book cover usage, and may post a few of those as well. Stay tuned.
And here we are at the final month of the year. A couple jobs from the final week of November, above is a caricature of Brent Musburger for Main Line Today Magazine (a new client, affiliated with the Delaware Today organization), and below is another fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (one of my oldest clients, my first assignment from them was in 1989).
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.
In other news, I decided to sign up for a page in the 2017 edition of the Directory of Illustration. The postcards I’ve been sending out haven’t been doing as well at drumming up new business as they have in the past, business has been slowing down considerably, and so I’m taking a chance on a new use for my advertising dollars. Along with the page in the upcoming annual (which I have yet to design, or choose art for), the deal comes with a portfolio page on their site, which I’ve just started to fill with samples. Here’s the link to my portfolio page. I’ll keep you all posted on how this works out. (supposedly, I’ve posted a RSS link to my blog here as well, but I’m not entirely sure I know what I’m doing with that, so we’ll see what happens with that)