Starting off the Decade

Business North Carolina, Dover, Harcourt Brace, WSJ

Starting off the decade with a post of leftovers from assignments I’ve been working on over the past several weeks. The illustration above and the one below were for a young adult fantasy book, of which I’ve posted other samples last week.

I also had several ‘presidents’ for the sticker project that I had neglected to post. The last six for that project are pictured below. The rest of the presidents from this series have been posted here over the past several weeks, or you can see all of them at once (along with the other ‘president set’ I did earlier in the year) in the reprint galleries (see the top link on the sidebar — the presidential gallery in under ‘portraits’)

Earlier this week, I also had a portrait assignment for North Carolina Business, where they wanted an ‘atlas’ situation. (plus a small spot for the interior of the article)

And then I also started off the workweek with another health care spot for the Wall Street Journal. This one was on ‘bed sanitizing specialists’ who come into your house and kill your bedbugs with UV rays and then vacuum up the residue.

End of Year Wrap Up

Harcourt Brace, Miami Herald, WSJ

Wanted to post my respects to a few giants in the illustration world who passed away in 2009. I have been an admirer of David Levine’s wonderful caricatures in the New York Review of Books for as long as I can remember. There’s a wonderful online gallery of his work posted at the NYRB site. Also this year, another immensely influential illustration icon from the sixties and seventies, Bernie Fuchs died in September. There is a nice gallery of his work at the Telluride Gallery.

I’ve been keeping pretty busy over the holiday break. I’m currently working on several illustrations for a book project. This was for an ongoing series of young adult books in which I’ve been asked to step in as a sort of ‘pinch hitter’ as my style is somewhat similar to the artist they were using previously. The illustration above is a color version of one of the 2 inside illustrations pictured below. I’m still working on two more of the interior pieces and will post them next week.

Another book project I kind of stumbled into this past month, was one for a previous client, who is helping out a celebrity friend in gathering several illustrators/caricature artists to portray the people mentioned in her anecdotes. I ended up doing a caricature of Steven Wright for the book (in black and white, and another version in color in case it needed to be included on the back cover). I also did a couple sketches of Joan Rivers, but they weren’t exactly what they were looking for. I’ve posted the Joan Rivers sketches, but will save the Steven Wright example for after the book gets published (along with more information on the book – where to buy, etc)

I also had an assignment for the Miami Herald last week, about young people entering the work force and having trouble finding affordable health care coverage. And below that, another health care spot for the Wall Street Journal.

It’s been an interesting 20 years, and looking forward to what the next decade brings.