Just realizing that the first month of summer is already almost over, and seemed to have passed in the blink of an eye. I finished up the Harlem Renaissance book for Penguin this week (one sample of the 80 or so black and white illustrations is pictured below), and I’ve been plugging away at the illustrated edition of ‘The Sun Also Rises’ for Skyhorse (above, and a few below from this week, also see previous postings from this month). This week was also complicated by a power outage on Friday, plus a few quick turnaround assignments that I’m trying to squeeze in for Delaware Today over this week and next (one of which is pictured at the bottom of this post).
A little different style for me, emulating those traditional ‘travel’ posters with the posterized colors. This is for Delaware Today magazine, and I may be doing another version tomorrow to include an additional idea by the editors. A fun change of pace.
A couple of illustrations this week for Delaware Today (above and below), and I also had some work on the upcoming Fantasy Recipe Book (more samples on that to come next week).
As October slowly creeps towards its end, heading into November, with all the chaos and confusion expected over the elections and the third spike in the virus, I have begun to dare to be hopeful despite it all. One of my regular customers this past year have begun to send a bit more work my way in recent weeks (Delaware Today, with the ‘media overload’ illustration pictured above), and a few more assignments from older clients have started picking up a bit as well. A few book projects are on the horizon, and I find myself keeping a bit more busy these days.
I’m especially excited about one upcoming assignment. After 30 years of doing interior illustrations for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, I was contacted about doing my first cover assignment. Below is my first rough sketch.
Finished up another assignment for Delaware Today, a portrait of Senator Chris Coons. I enjoy doing portraits probably more than an any other type of work. There’s something I find endlessly fascinating about the human face, and would be perfectly content to spend my days doing nothing else.