Labor Day Part II


Been a busy weekend. Drove to Chicago on Friday night to catch my son’s Jazz Combo play a gig, then drove home afterwards so that I could be back to work on Saturday and finish up a series of 29 ‘woodcut’ illustrations for CRC (then a 4 hour band practice with one of my ‘other bands’ to prepare for a gig this coming Saturday). Here are all the illustrations in that series (all were the same size, but they are staggered in size here just for variety’s sake).

150 & 151 (& sketch day)

CRC, Facebook Faces, xibitz

Doing several rough sketches today, for various projects. The above is a rough sample for a museum wall mural I’ll be doing in the near future, and below is one of 29 sketches I did for an upcoming set of illustrations for a local client (for which the finishes will all be done in a faux ‘woodcut’ style).

Also found a brief window of time in the late afternoon to do a couple quickie portraits. These are both facebook acquaintances I’m none too familiar with (I think one of them is a high school classmate, maybe a couple years younger than I – the other one is maybe related in some way to one of the bars I frequently play at), Dawn and Samantha (#150 & 151 respectively). One done in the ‘liquid inks’ tools that I discovered a month or so ago, and the other a failed experiment combining pen and ink and oils.

129 John (& weak-end)

CRC, Facebook Faces, US Catholic

A busy day today, but found time in the morning to do a quick oils sketch of John, a local music critic, and host of a weekly ‘local music’ radio program, which our band was featured on in July (see sidebar).

Today worked on several projects. Above is the finish for the CRC book cover illustration (see sketch yesterday), plus I also did a rough sketch in a ‘different’ style for US Catholic (see below), plus worked on revisions to the black and white interior illustration (I think I’ll hold on posting these until the dust settles on the whole project).

I may do some portraits this afternoon, should the opportunity arise, but I think I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon practicing for tonight’s Tip Top show, going on a long bike ride, or, just about anything but sit here at this computer. Going to be a busy weekend, it looks like, so I may not get to portraits again until Monday.
Well, it was a pretty hot and tiring bike ride today (over 90 degrees), and after getting home and taking a shower, went back out to the office and did a little more work. Today’s portrait is of a local musician who we’ve shared a bill with in the past, Chuck (#128). Chuck’s band plays a similar sort of retro honky tonk style music as our band, heavy on the Hank Williams.

127 Margi (among other things)

CRC, Facebook Faces

Spent most of the day today on a small black and white spot illustration, first in a series of them for a book project that came across my desk this week. For some reason, I was having a hard time with it, starting it, scrapping it, starting it again, scrapping it again, etc etc all day long, never quite happy with the results I was getting. I got myself worked into quite a lather by the midpoint of the day. Eventually got it done, for better or worse, and sent it off to the client for approval. After an initial approval, it appears that there are some tweaks to be done, so I’ll hold off on posting the results of today’s labors. Not much time left at the end of the day, so I did a quick watercolor/pencil sketch of another facebook friend, Margi (she was choral director on the Woody Guthrie play several years ago, others from that group include: #117 (Martin, music director), #102 (Erin, asst. director), #37 (Bud: old woody/pa), #42 (Glen: middle age woody), #51 (Annie: ma), #100 (Keenan: young woody).

A trickle of work coming in to open up the month of August. Above is a rough sketch for a scratchboard/woodcut illustration for the CRC due next week. I also started work on a series of 6-8 black and white line illustrations for a book on investment strategy (which the author has requested I not post).

And, since I’m already in that ‘sketching mode’, and as today’s portrait is of another ‘camera shy’ person with only a few grainy photos of themselves posted, I decided to do today’s portrait in a quick rough pencil sketch style. So here we have Jennifer, another presumed high school classmate, done in pencil.

That will have to be it for today, as I’ll be heading downtown to perform with the JJHD group in a ‘battle of the bands’ talent competition later this afternoon.

Days 23 through 27

CRC, self portrait, WSJ

Day Twenty Three:

Skipped yesterday, after a late night on Friday for an out of town gig with the Jukejoint Handmedowns. This morning, I decided to just start doodling and see what came out. What came out was a self portrait. I think one of the happiest discoveries for me so far on this ‘drawing challenge’ has been the ‘gouache’ tools in Painter. Still have a long way to go towards mastering them, but they are a joy to experiment with.

Day Twenty Four:

Today’s workload consisted of a series of bw sketches for a school workbook project for later in the week, so after it was done, I decided to play around with some of the more unfamiliar ‘watercolor’ tools in my software package, and did an illustration of an armadillo.
Still waiting around on ok’s from other projects that I’m sure will be keeping me busy throughout the rest of the week, plus my music group is going to be doing some recording in the middle of the week (we’re hoping to have a cd released by the middle/end of the summer).

Day Twenty Five:

Yesterday was a ‘music day’, spent recording with the Jukejoint Handmedowns, so I didn’t get much drawing done. I have an upcoming assignment which requires that I make use of a medium that I haven’t worked in since design class back in college 30 years ago, so I decided that today I’d try messing around with ‘design markers’ in preparation for this project. A tricky medium, and the hardest part is trying to keep it loose and not overwork it.

Day Twenty Six:

Yesterday was a busy ‘work day’ with an assignment for the CRC for 14 black and white illustrations (one of which is posted above as an example), plus some rough sketches for a Barrons job due next week.

Day Twenty Seven:

Today I had a quick turnaround assignment for the Wall Street Journal, plus some rough ‘storyboard’ layouts for another client’s upcoming project. I’m going to take the weekend off for the holiday, but will be back on Tuesday with ‘day twenty eight’ of my ongoing ‘ninety days of illustration’ challenge.

So, in the meantime, I’ll also post the three concept sketches for the above assignment.