A week of semi-normalcy

AHMM, Baker Book House, Boston Globe, ChronicleHE, River Styx

Finished up one of the book projects early last week and started work on a sample illustration for one of the upcoming book projects (pictured further down this blog entry). Besides the ‘publishing work’, I also had a series of quicker turnaround jobs to keep me busy throughout the rest of the week. The above illustration (and the accompanying spot below) were for an upcoming issue of GreenPrints. Below that is a color illustration for the Boston Globe that I finished up on Thursday.

On Friday, I finished up a story assignment for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine (pictured above). Today I had a few rough sketches to do for some upcoming projects this week. Below are a few of the rejected sketches for a Chronicle assignment, plus a story assignment for River Styx.

75 Years

Boston Globe, Green Prints, WSJ

My Dad turns 75 tomorrow. There were times over the past ten years since he’d been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma that I didn’t think he’d make it to this day. There were times over the past weekend, when I wasn’t sure. But after a troubling past month, there are encouraging signs that he might be back on the mend again. The milestone gives me pause, and I’ve been doing some thinking about time, and anniversaries and what may lay ahead both in my personal life and in this business that I’ve found myself in. I started this freelance illustration business almost 25 years ago (my 25 year anniversary will be next spring, when, back in 1989, I left the security of a 9 to 5 job and a steady paycheck to try my hand at drawing pictures full time). 25 years ago, my Dad was 50, 2 years younger than I am now. My son will turn 25 next year, 2 years younger than I was when I started this business.

Anyhow, on to the work I’ve managed to squeeze in during the past two weeks. Above was an illustration for the Boston Globe (click on the small sample to see a larger version) on ‘Workplace Happiness’. I last had an assignment for the Globe 2 years ago, and was very excited to see them back for more. Below are a few illustrations for GreenPrints magazine that I also did last week, plus a ‘drop cap’ and a few ‘doodads’ for this issue and the last.

I also had a few assignments for the Wall Street Journal this past weekend, one a ‘weekend’ piece, plus a series of 5 spots of ‘face washing myths’ that I finished up yesterday afternoon (one of the six pictured was an original version of one that they had me revise).

In addition to all these, I also managed to finish up the last of the large book project I’ve been working on, and steeling myself for the work on the 2nd of these two large projects, once the OK from the editors comes in. (Due to contractual obligations, I’m unable to share any of the illustrations from these book projects until after publication).

Busy Spell

Boston Globe, ChronicleHE, US Catholic

Have been experiencing a busy period over the past couple of weeks, which is a nice change of pace from the majority of 2011. In addition to the large project that will be occupying my time for the next month or so (which I’ll be posting examples of next year sometime when it gets published), I also had an assignment from a new client last weekend, The Boston Globe (pictured above), and another long horizontal essay illustration for the Chronicle (pictured below), and larger versions of each can be seen by clicking on the images.

I also got a call from a client I hadn’t heard from in a while (though I did a book project on the side with the Art Director earlier this year), US Catholic, with a semi-humorous fiction piece (pictured below). Several more large projects coming due this week and next, and I’ll post when I get them done.