Joan Sketch

rough sketches, Self Promotion

Worked up a rough sketch this afternoon for a personal self promo illustration. One of the few upsides to 2020 has been the discovery of the Criterion Channel. I’ve long been an old movie buff, and I’ve been enjoying the programming this subscription service has been offering this summer. This past month I’ve been wallowing in old Joan Crawford movies.

This past year, I’ve also started doing a lot more of my rough sketches in a blue pencil (well, digital blue pencil, anyways). It seems to take me back to my days as a paste-up artist in the 80s, using the non-repro blue pencils. Though I only do this for personal projects, as I don’t want to confuse my clients (“this is fine, but are you planning on doing it in blue?”).

Sketches

ABA, AHMM, rough sketches

Working on rough sketches today. Above is an upcoming illustration for the ABA, and below are some revisions to the AHMM cover that I submitted earlier in the week, after some comments from the editors. Will be going to finish on probably both of these next week.

Trending Hopeful

AHMM, Delaware Today, Today Media

As October slowly creeps towards its end, heading into November, with all the chaos and confusion expected over the elections and the third spike in the virus, I have begun to dare to be hopeful despite it all. One of my regular customers this past year have begun to send a bit more work my way in recent weeks (Delaware Today, with the ‘media overload’ illustration pictured above), and a few more assignments from older clients have started picking up a bit as well. A few book projects are on the horizon, and I find myself keeping a bit more busy these days.

I’m especially excited about one upcoming assignment. After 30 years of doing interior illustrations for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, I was contacted about doing my first cover assignment. Below is my first rough sketch.