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.

weekend roundup

Barrons, Blown Covers, Facebook Faces, River Styx, Weekly Standard, WSJ

Well, this week ended up being a very productive one after a slow start. The above illustration was one I finished up this morning for a zombie story for River Styx Magazine. I also had several quick turnaround pieces in the latter half of the week. Below is a piece on the Obamacare decision for Barrons, and below that, a spot illustration for the Wall Street Journal on Mutual Funds for the weekend paper.

I also had an assignment from a client I hadn’t heard from in a couple of years, The Weekly Standard, and they were looking for a ‘cartoon’ illustration with a very specific layout. Below is the rough sketch, and the finished illustration.

I also found time for my usual self imposed assignments. Today’s ‘facebook portrait’ is another high school acquaintance that I don’t really remember all that well, Peggy, done in a modified scratchboard & color technique. This one turned out kind of weird. I was probably getting into a good ‘zombie mood’ in preparation for the River Styx illustration.

And finally, the weekly Blown Covers blog that I’ve been participating in for the past 10 weeks. This week, I couldn’t make up my mind between two different ideas that occurred to me. I usually only submit one sketch, but have noticed other participants submitting two or more, so went ahead and did both ideas this week. Oddly enough both made it into the ‘runners up’ along with two other ideas by another artist who also submitted two concepts with eerily similar themes. Below are both sketches.

Several other projects seem to be in the works for the coming weeks, so I’m looking forward to being very busy in June.

New Client

Freaks of Nurture Comics, Weekly Standard, WSJ

Had a new client call up this week with a cover illustration due at the end of the week. The Weekly Standard, a political editorial magazine needed an image of a scenario for the upcoming election. (you can click on the image above to see a more detailed version) I’m always interested to hear how new clients hear of me, and this was a call that was prompted by a postcard I had sent out earlier in the year (link here), which has been one of my more successful postcard mailings with regards to new clients generated.

I also had another ‘blog illustration’ for an ongoing project I’ve been involved with this fall, and I finished off the week with another Wall Street Journal spot illustration (pictured below).