Posted above is one of several illustrations I’m doing for the American Bar Association for a special issue of Litigation Magazine. I’ll be posting the rest of the illustrations for this project next week, but I just finished this one up this morning, and besides being a lot of fun, I was pretty tickled with how it turned out. Had a pretty slow March, but this client came to the rescue with the perfect assignment for the available time frame, and pretty much saved my bacon this month (so a big thanks to Jill at ABA!). I’m still in a holding pattern on the upcoming Dan Rather Graphic Novel, but I’ve been assured by the publisher that work will begin at the start of April.
The Dan Rather ‘What Unites Us’ book project has been pushed back to a start date of the beginning of April, so I was happy to have a few smaller projects to keep me busy this past week. I’ve also started a larger project for the ABA which fits in nicely with the spare time I’ll have over the next two weeks. Above is an illustration for the Common Reader about a very strange tradition down in Texas, and below is another Hudson Valley illustration on a woman’s sabbatical to Hudson New York.
And also in the “keeping myself busy” category, I’ve dug my old oil paints out of mothballs, and have begun painting again. Hopefully I’ll have something to post along those lines in the near future.
Well, I’ve been hinting at the ‘big project’ that I’m preparing for, for at least a few months now. The official news just broke in Entertainment Weekly today, and here’s a link to the article. It has long been an ambition of mine to work in comics, in one form or another, and I’m excited to be offered the chance to adapt Dan Rather’s fine book ‘What Unites Us’ for the First Citizens imprint at First Second Books. Above is a screen shot from the article, of a few of the sample pages I prepared last summer in preparation for this project.
This past weekend, we visited my sister, and I attempted to take a photo of a piece of art that I had given her around 30 years ago, and which has been hanging in her house since then. A little background on this piece, I had drawn this large pastel (24 x 30) based on a tiny antique photograph that I had found in a long forgotten junk shop (the original photo has long since been misplaced), for an exhibition at the Grand Rapids Community College back in 1988. The college bought the original piece, but my sister had wanted the same piece, so I ended up doing another original, nearly identical to the first, sold that one to the college, and then gave my sister the original one (or the other way around, I’m not certain anymore). I believe the other version of this still hangs somewhere in the college (or may be in storage somewhere, I don’t know). I tried to get a decent photo of it for my records this past weekend, but the way it was framed, there was no easy way to take it out from behind the glass. I managed to snap a few photos with my phone, and did a little photoshop manipulation once I got home (still not the greatest representation, but it’ll do for now). This was the piece of art that started me on my career. My first ‘real sale’, and planted the seed in my head, that I might be able to make a living at drawing pictures.
Well, I wasn’t entirely happy with the colors of the previous version of this illustration, so I went back and added the back cover wraparound, and revised the colors, so they weren’t quite so bright and distracting. I’m a bit happier with how this one turned out. Below is the inside spread (the idea being that the whole thing would be a 360 degree panorama).