I decided to do something a little different this year for my annual Krampus card. I’ve been thinking of retiring this character, and, since I’ve started a new comic strip venture this year, I used the comic to work as both a sunday strip and to do double duty as our holiday card, both giving our dear Krampus a fine send-off, and transitioning to a new era of “Mose Goes Walkies” greeting cards. Once I did this Sunday strip (pictured above), I felt I wasn’t quite through with this guy (and his waggly tongue), so I continued the story throughout the week (below are the next few chapters, with the plan to continue it throughout the following week). The strip can be read on a daily basis at the link above in the menubar, or if you wish to check out more you can subscribe to our Instagram feed (where most of the action happens), support us on Patreon (entire archive, plus extras) or sporadically on TikTok.
Finished up a long horizontal illustration yesterday and this morning for the American Bar Association’s ‘Litigation’ magazine. The ABA has been a client since the late 90s, and I always enjoy the challenges they throw my way. I ended up doing the line work on the iPad with Procreate (in three different layers (curtain/foreground characters, Constitution lettering, founding fathers) and then combining them and doing the color treatment in Painter on my desktop computer.
A few more of the Llewellyn Witches Companion Interiors, which I’ve been doing on the iPad, at a relaxed pace over the past few months (as I work on other book projects concurrently). One more in this set to go, and I should have some more samples from other projects to post in the near future.
More Llewellyn Witches Companion Interiors. Since I had such a long lead time on these, I’ve been spacing them out to one finish per week (while I work on other book projects in the meantime). Been making a transition to doing work on the iPad using Procreate (but it still involves a certain amount of prep-work in Corel Painter, and finish work in Photoshop at this point). Things have been picking up around here after a very slow summer and fall, with a few magazine assignments over the next few weeks, plus additional book projects.
Illustration for the Center for Public Integrity. Been quite a while since I’ve done one of these ‘editorial’ assignments. I’d almost forgotten how. I did the black and white portion of this illustration in Procreate on the iPad, but the sketch was done in Painter, as well as the color, which was also done in Painter. There are certain techniques that I haven’t quite figured out how to do in Procreate yet, but we’re getting there.