Winding down 2017

Baker Book House, Hudson Valley, Today Media

crossweb2Last work day of 2017. Just finished the book project for Baker that I’ve been working on this month, and am uploading them for the client as I write this. 30 black and white illustrations for a young readers edition of a reprint inspirational title. I’ve attached two samples for now from this project, but will likely await publication before sharing the rest. Below is a quick color illustration for Hudson Valley for an upcoming Valentine’s issue. I’ve got work lined up for the first month of 2018 thanks to a couple last minute jobs that came in last night as well as another book finish for Penguin and I’ll be finishing up the ‘Western Heroes’ book in the next thirty days. Hopefully 2018 is a little better than 2017, and I’ll likely be doing an ‘overview’ of the past year for my annual ‘best of’ blogpost over the weekend. Happy New Years everyone.




The Coming Deluge

Baker Book House

CrossSwitchbladewebusageI’m currently in a ‘between jobs’ state here in the week before Labor Day, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the closing months of the year are going to be ridiculously busy. The above illustration was a ‘sample’ illustration for a book project for Baker┬áthat will be one book project out of possibly 3 more that I’ll be working on over the next four months. I have a feeling that this week is the ‘calm before the storm’.


Martin Luther

Baker Book House

This was a book cover for a book on Martin Luther (he’s apparently having a big anniversary this coming year) for Baker. This is an early draft, the final version had some changes to the ‘crowd’ in the background. Below is the black and white version of the same art.

December Book Project

Baker Book House

Nearing the end of 2016, and, as promised, here’s the illustrations I’ve spent most of December working on. This was for a book project for Baker, a young reader’s edition of ‘The God Smuggler’ (about a man who spends his life smuggling bibles behind the iron curtain). 30 black and white full page illustrations in a pen and ink cross hatching style. This is a style that I began using when I first started illustrating full time in 1989, but fell by the wayside in lieu of the more popular cartoon and scratchboard styles. These past few years, though, it has had a resurgence in popularity with my clients, especially for book publishing projects.

Moving into Summer

AHMM, Baker Book House, US Catholic, Weekly Standard

Finished up another book project (above is one sample of the 14 portraits I did for this book project on Women from Black History, and I’ll post some more samples once the book is published). I’m still working on a coloring book project of scratchboard illustrations (about 30 of these) and I’ll post some samples of those when the book eventually sees print, as well. Aside from the publishing projects, I had a few shorter turnaround illustrations for some of my magazine clients, and they are pictured below.

And speaking of Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine; I’ve been doing illustrations for this publication since 1989, and I am looking for back issues from the years 1989-1998 in which my artwork has appeared. If you happen to have copies in your attic gathering dust, drop me an email, and I’d be happy to make an offer on them.