Black Friday

Highlights, WSJ

A few late breaking illustrations for ‘Thanksgiving week’ which I did on Wednesday. Above was for the Wall Street Journal, and below was for Highlights. I’ll be finishing up my large book project this weekend, and then going in for some minor surgery on Monday, so I may be out of commission for a few days next week.



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 67-71

AHMM, Highlights

Day Sixty Seven

Today I had another fiction assignment for Dell Publishing (Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine). Been doing work for this client for about 22 years, with my first assignment in the fall of 1989. Only the second one I’ve done for them so far in 2011.

Day Sixty Eight

A couple more illustrations for the academic book project. 3 more to go. A lot of black and white lately, may have to do a color piece just for myself this weekend. Might also be time to start working on a fall mailer just to remind people I’m still here.

Day Sixty Nine

Another of the spot illustrations for this ongoing academic book project I’m working on. A couple more to go (which I’ll probably end up finishing tomorrow), and then I’ll be moving on to a couple color projects.

Day Seventy

Today’s illustration is the last two of the spot illos for the academic book project I’ve been working on all week. I still need to do some sketches today for a new Chronicle job, plus I’ll need to get started on a color piece for Highlights for early next week. Looks like beautiful weather this weekend, so I may take the next two days off and do some sailing.

Day Seventy One

Had a busier than usual day today. Finished up a revised version of one of the black and white spot illustrations for the academic book project from last week (pictured below), plus did a color spot illustration for Highlights (pictured above). Also started work on an illustration for the Chronicle, which I’ll probably finish up either tonight or in the morning and will post it tomorrow.

Days 56 through 60

Highlights, Philadelphia Weekly

Day Fifty Six

Took the weekend off, to do a little recording for the upcoming JJHD cd, visit with my son home from Chicago, and spend some time with my Mom up from Florida for a brief spell. Not much going on today, just a few rough sketches for upcoming projects.

Day Fifty Seven

Still awaiting okays on a couple projects, so in the meantime, I worked up a pen and ink sketch of actor Robert Ryan. There was an interesting article on this actor in Sunday’s Times, which has been percolating in my head for the past few days. This is also a pen and ink style that I’m thinking of using for an upcoming book project, so I’m doing a little practicing in getting the bugs out before it begins.

Day Fifty Eight

Again, working in black and white line, I tackled a portrait of Esperanza Spalding today. I think I overworked this one just a little bit. The hardest part about line work and cross hatching is knowing when to say ‘when’.

Day Fifty Nine

Didn’t actually get much drawing done today. Went on a long bike ride and helped a friend pack up his belongings for a move out to Denver for most of the day today (plus an evening band practice). So, today’s drawing will actually be a sample of one of 16 sketches I did yesterday afternoon for an upcoming book project. The finishes for these illustrations will probably start appearing next week, as I get them completed.

Day Sixty

I’ve spent most of today working on a cover illustration for a magazine client (a rough sketch was posted earlier in the week). I’ll be posting the finished version in a few days, but in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek of the ‘in-progress’ work.

Marching Into Spring

AHMM, Highlights, Red thread

A few illustration projects from this week. The one above was another fiction assignment from Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This was my first national client way back in 1989 (I can still remember that first image, one of my first attempts at scratchboard, of an ice fishing shanty in the middle of a frozen lake), and I’ve been working for them pretty steadily for the past 20 years, through several personnel changes.
Below is a cover illustration for a Jewish magazine out of the Detroit area. Did this one in a bit more of a painterly style.

And then, wrapping up the week, I also had a series of small ‘umpire’ spots for Highlights magazine.

Kind of slowing down here at the end of March, and I’ll probably take advantage of the lull by doing a bit more advertising and self promotion.