Last work day of 2017. Just finished the book project for Baker that I’ve been working on this month, and am uploading them for the client as I write this. 30 black and white illustrations for a young readers edition of a reprint inspirational title. I’ve attached two samples for now from this project, but will likely await publication before sharing the rest. Below is a quick color illustration for Hudson Valley for an upcoming Valentine’s issue. I’ve got work lined up for the first month of 2018 thanks to a couple last minute jobs that came in last night as well as another book finish for Penguin and I’ll be finishing up the ‘Western Heroes’ book in the next thirty days. Hopefully 2018 is a little better than 2017, and I’ll likely be doing an ‘overview’ of the past year for my annual ‘best of’ blogpost over the weekend. Happy New Years everyone.
This year’s Holiday greeting card. I’ve been doing ‘Krampus’ greeting cards for the past 6 years and most of the designs are available on various bits of merchandise in my Zazzle store, and some of the designs have been picked up by a distributor out west who has been placing them on other bits of merchandise (lunch boxes, magnets, cups, etc). I try to experiment with different styles each year as a way of keeping myself fresh.
Getting ready for Thanksgiving week. I’ve just finished another of the ‘What was’ books for Penguin, and worked up sketches for another one. (I’ll likely share some more samples from older books in this series sometime in December) On Thursday I made a trip down to Kendall College of Art and Design to do a lecture on ‘Freelance Illustration’ to a group of third year illustration students (thanks again to Mike for inviting me down, and to the great group of students who shared their portfolios with me at the end of class – you were all very inspirational to this old man). I was reminded of my favorite quote from the movie ‘Chinatown’, where the villain Noah Cross (played by John Huston) talks of ‘respectability': “Politicians, Ugly Buildings and Whores all get respectable, if they last long enough.” — so this old Kendall dropout was quite tickled to be doling out advice to the young illustrators of tomorrow. Meanwhile, the work continues … On Friday afternoon I finished up the above illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, one of my longest running clients (my first assignment for them was in the fall of 1989). Next week I’ll be starting on sketches for another book project, which will likely be taking up most of December.
Good news this month, Dover Publications has green lighted my ‘Western Heroes’ Coloring Book Project, and I’ll likely be finishing up the illustrations in the next few months and you can look for it to be published sometime in 2018.
Been a busy several weeks. I haven’t had time to post any samples in a while. The illustration above was a quickie for River Styx about a young newlywed couple who do some ‘caving’ on their honeymoon. I actually preferred the energy of the sketch to the final illustration on this one. In the past few weeks I’ve been finishing up a few new book projects. One of them was another of the ‘Who Was’ series of books for Penguin, this one on the Bermuda Triangle (I’ve attached a sample illustration, one of about 80 of the illustrations for this particular title). I’ll be sharing all the illustrations for this book probably sometime next year after it is on the shelves. The other book I was working on was for a new client, MacMillan Children’s Publishing, and was a semi-humorous book on Orville & Wilbur Wright (if you recall, I also did a book on the Wright Brothers for Penguin a few years back). I’ve attached one of illustrations as a sample (and again, will share more of them after publication).