Winding Up the Witches


Finishing up the ‘Witches Companion’ interior illustrations this morning. I’m awaiting a couple book projects that I expected to get details on last month, so it looks as if I’ll have a little time for some personal projects this week.



Saturday morning, I was killing time and sat down to watch Michelangelo Antonioni’s ‘La Notte’ (1961) with Marcello Mastroianni, Jeanne Moreau and Monica Vitti. Been on my mind all weekend, so this morning, just for fun, did a caricature of Mastroianni and Vitti.

Bonus Oscar Poster

Oscar Poster

Had a little time this afternoon, so I worked up an extra ‘Oscars Poster’ to go with my collection. I have a vague idea of publishing a book of these (if I can somehow work out the legal/rights issues involved). Perhaps by 2029 I can get all 100 years of Oscar history done. 1929 was the first year of the Academy Awards, and the nomination field was quite a bit smaller than it would later become. For instance, only two actors were nominated for ‘Best Actor’ this year (but for 2 roles each in 4 separate movies), and again, only three actresses. ‘Wings’ won best picture, and there was a special award given for ‘The Jazz Singer’ for its technical achievements in sync sound.

Oscars Poster 2020

Oscar Poster

The annual ‘Oscar Nominations Poster’ snuck up on me this year. They moved the awards show up to early February, and I barely had time to even look at the nominations list before it was time to get to work on it. I have done one of these, off and on since 2005, mostly for my own amusement, and also as a keepsake for my brother’s ‘Oscar Viewing Party’ which he holds at his restaurant in Chicago every year. The rest of the series (along with some bonus posters from years when I have felt particularly productive) can be found under the “Personal Work” heading in the menu above.

One of these days, I’m going to have to figure out what I can do with all of these, perhaps in time for the 100th anniversary of the awards coming up in 2029.