Very busy couple of days this past weekend. Spent most of Saturday working on the upcoming hush hush book project, but still found time to take a long bike ride to clear my head before a marathon 4 hours of playing music with the Jukejoint Handmedowns at a bar in Belmont that evening. Got to bed around 3, then woke up at the crack of dawn on Sunday to begin work on an involved ‘What’s Wrong’ picture for an upcoming back cover of Highlights. Got it done by the end of the day, and then crashed for a long night’s sleep. You can see a larger version by clicking on the above image, or you can see the revised version in which they had me change the ‘bird man’ to just a bird this morning for some reason. Back to work…

days 83-86 of the challenge

Baker Book House, Llewellyn

Day Eighty Three

Another rough sketch, this one for the upcoming ‘witch’ book cover that I’ve been doing every year for the past five years about this time.

Day Eighty Four

Working on finishes for a book cover of ‘animal jokes’ for Baker Book House. More to come tomorrow.

Day Eighty Five

More animals for the Baker Book House project. The Hippo and Monkey are for the cover, and I’ve also been asked to do several inside animals for sprinkling around the text (these will be in bw, but I’m doing them in color anyways and then converting them to greyscale). More to come.

Day Eighty Six

A few more of the animals for the Baker Book House ‘Animal Joke Book’ project.

days 79-82 of the challenge


Day Seventy Nine

Hard to believe it was ten years ago already. I’ve noticed a lot of other illustrators have been doing a fair share of “that certain date”¬†Anniversary illustration assignments, and I was beginning to think it was going to pass me by. But I got a call from Newsday this morning with a quick turnaround assignment. Thankfully not another image of airplanes and exploding buildings, but something with a little more of a hopeful (yet vigilant) feel to it. This one will run with an editorial in the Sunday paper.

Day Eighty

Got an email assignment last week regarding a tee shirt design of a bear smoking a tree shaped cigar and wearing a ranger hat. This project needs to be ‘color separated’, which is something I have very little experience with, so I may be turning over part of the ‘print prep’ work over to my wife. Below is the color version (with the ‘less than seven colors’ specified).

Day Eighty One

The children’s ‘joke book’ project continues, with a few more revised sketches. From the way things are looking, I’ll probably be posting a lot of rough sketches this week.

Day Eighty Two

Today’s sketch is a quick caricature of Mitt Romney for a possible upcoming project. (Addendum: The project got the go ahead in October, but I won’t be able to post any examples until it is published sometime in 2012, but I spent most of October and November working on it)