In a holding pattern this week, awaiting the go ahead on a trio of book projects. I’ll be doing some misc work this week for a couple of author/clients, but in the meantime I thought I’d work up a design for a bookplate for my own personal use. My home library is quite extensive and I’ve long contemplated doing some custom stickers to add to my books.
Since around 2005, I’ve done an Oscar Nominations Caricature poster for my brother, to commemorate his annual ‘Oscar Viewing Party’ that he has thrown at his restaurant in Chicago (and for years prior to the restaurants’ opening in his own home). Me and my brother watched our first Oscar broadcast together in 1974, and whether apart or together, we always touch base and compare notes each year. I doubt if he will be doing his party this year, but I’ve gotten into the habit of doing these posters, and look forward to the challenge once the nominations have been announced. This year was interesting due to the pandemic, and the fact that a lot of theaters were closed, and many of the nominated films are available on streaming services (or even originated there). Anyhow, you can see the rest of the posters in the series here.
On this inauguration day, my first thought was to do a parting jab at ‘you know who’, and my second thought was to commemorate the incoming administration, but as I’m working on paper dolls of those characters already, my final thought was that I would enjoy the sheer pleasure of not having to think about who’s holding the nuclear codes EACH AND EVERY HOUR OF EVERY WAKING DAY. So, with this in mind, I instead turned to a character we’ve been spending a lot of time with over the past few weeks. We picked up a DVD of the entire series of “Have Gun – Will Travel” with Richard Boone, and have been bingeing these old western tv shows. I regret not including him in my recent “Western Legends” coloring book, but took some time to do a caricature this morning. A refreshing western hero, who is not only good with a gun, but intelligent, moral and well read (and not even conventionally handsome).
For the past ten years, I have done a Krampus Christmas Card design for sending out to clients and family and friends. For those who are unaware of who this character is, here’s the wikipedia entry on his background. I also post and sell these designs on my Zazzle storefront, and this design should be appearing there in the next few days.
Another in a series of Terry Pratchett inspired illustrations to keep myself busy during a particularly slow year. One of my favorite characters in all of the Discworld books was the Patrician of the city of Ankh-Morpork, Havelock Vetinari. I’ve long pictured the british actor Charles Dance when I’ve read the books, and I was tickled to discover that he had in fact been cast in the role for the television adaptation “Going Postal” (Jeremy Irons played him in “Colour of Magic”, and according to the Wikipedia page, Terry Pratchett’s own choice of actor was the late Alan Rickman). So, for my portrait, I’ve sort of leaned towards Charles Dance, but with a different hairstyle and without the goatee, as he is so often pictured with).