Another ‘supplemental page’ for the ‘First Ladies’ Coloring book for Dover, done at the last moment before leaving for Italy tomorrow. This book, and the companion ‘Presidents’ coloring book have been put together using a variety of illustrators over the years, and I’ve done a few of the more recent additions as it is updated, but I’ve been told that perhaps both books will be revised and upgraded around the time of the next election, and I may get a shot at revising the entire collection, perhaps next year.
Turns out a couple of my ‘Horror’ coloring book pages were just a little too horrible for the general public, so I was asked to revise them. The ‘Bluebeard’ page was completely redone (pictured above — I have to smile, as it was my favorite of the bunch, so there must be something dreadfully twisted and wrong about me — the curious can see the original ‘Bluebeard’ page here, and I may decide to color it and reuse it as a self promo piece, to drive away whatever future clients I may attract), and the ‘Damned Thing’ page was revised so that the gun was pointing in a different direction (see below).
Finished up the last of the colored versions for the ‘Literary Horror Legends’ coloring book this morning. A fun project, and now the mixed feelings I always get at the end of a big project. What now? I’ve a few books scheduled for this year, but otherwise the phones have been eerily silent the past two months. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to the uncertainty of this job.
Wrapping up the Coloring Book project this week. Today I did two colorized versions of a few of the pages (for use on the back and inside covers). These two were chosen by the editors, and I’ve got one more to do (either yet today or tomorrow morning). It’s a shame this project is ending, this has been a lot of fun.
Finished up the last two of the Literary Horror Coloring Book pages this morning. “The Time Machine” (above) and “Medusa and Perseus” (below). The remainder of the week will be working on the 3 remaining ‘color’ versions of the existing art, which I will post later in the week.