Been a while since I’ve shared any rough sketches. This week is sort of a ‘eye of the storm’ with several book projects at the halfway point between sketch and editor approval stages, and I’ve only got a few quick turnaround projects to occupy my time. The above is a rough sketch for a Hudson Valley illustration, and below is a rough sketch for another Dover Evergreen Classics book cover (‘A Little Princess’). I’ll be finishing these up later this week, and I’ll post the finishes at that time.
In the meantime, I’ve also been digging through the archives and discovering a treasure trove of cartoon spot illustrations that I did for Instructional Fair back around 1999-2004 that I have not previously shared on this blog. I’m thinking of doing some colorizing and repurposing of those illustrations for the stock art market. I’ll be sharing some of these collections on upcoming ‘Throwback Thursday’ posts, so stay tuned.
After a year which has been filled with a lot of book projects, where I’ve been working on the same style every day for months on end (mostly pen and ink line art lately), it was nice today to have a change of pace. The above portrait was a two page spread for Hudson Valley magazine (usually I do spot art for them, and this was the first time they tried a portrait for a feature article, at least with me). Not a lot of photo reference for the face available, so I always get a little nervous that I’m capturing a close enough likeness. Anyhow, it was refreshing to work on some quick turnaround assignments (and a few more coming next week, as there is a brief lull in the book projects between sketch and final stage).
I missed posting a ‘Throwback Thursday’ last week, as I was in Chicago getting ready to celebrate my son’s wedding.
This week we are taking the ‘way back machine’ to a decade ago around 2007 when I had a pair of assignments for Barnes and Noble to illustrate the covers of a pair of reprint story collections. The first one was a book of ‘Pirate’ stories, and the second one was a book of ‘Adventure’ stories (pictured above). I don’t often work in the ‘painting style’, but this was probably the one piece in that style that I was most pleased with. This is a larger, more detailed version than I’d posted in the original blog entry.
Back in 2015, I illustrated a ‘paper doll’ book called ‘Scream Queens’ for Dover. I shared a few samples back then, but until now, I haven’t shared the entire collection of dolls from this book. These were all iconic horror movie actresses (personally, I preferred the more obscure ‘classic era’ actresses, but the editors insisted on a larger percentage of more recent recognizable faces — but I stuck to my guns on Barbara Steele despite their objections), and include their costume from their most recognizable film role, plus a small object or two that relate to the same role. Elsa Lanchester, of course, from ‘The Bride of Frankenstein’ I have shared before, and below we have Barbara Steele (from “The Pit and the Pendulum” and many other classic B horror films of the sixties), Chloe Grace Moretz (from “Let Me In”, the U.S. remake of “Let The Right One In”), Emma Roberts (from the television show “American Horror Story”), and Evelyn Ankers (from “The Wolfman”).
Above we have Fay Wray (from “King Kong”), Heather Langenkamp (from “Nightmare on Elm Street”), Jamie Lee Curtis (from “Halloween” and many other eighties horror films) and her mother Janet Leigh (from “Psycho”). Below are Jennifer Tilly (from “The Bride of Chucky”), Judith O’Dea (from “Night of the Living Dead”), Neve Campbell (from “The Craft” and many of the “Scream” films) and Vonette McGee (from “Blackula”).
And then wrapping up with Sarah Michelle Geller (from “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”), Sissy Spacek (from “Carrie”) and finally, below with Tippi Hedron (from “The Birds”).
A fun little anecdote, the tee shirt that Chloe Grace Moretz wears in the film “Let Me In” is actually supposed to be a ‘KISS’ tee shirt, but the editors were worried about the copyright issues, so they had me change it, so I used this excuse to sneak a logo of my own band the “Jukejoint Handmedowns” onto her shirt.