Friday Already?

Farm Futures, WSJ

Well another week has zipped by and here it is Friday and time for a end of week wrap-up. Made some good progress on the ‘hush hush’ book project, getting 16 of the approximately 80 illustrations done, while keeping up with the shorter deadline work, like the piece above for the Wall Street Journal which I just completed moments ago.
Earlier in the week, I had a series of rather technical illustrations about digital 3D printing for Farm Progress (of which I’ve posted a sampling below).
The next several weeks are going to be rather hectic, as my father is undergoing daily radiation treatments over in Lansing which I’ll be driving him to several times a week, and I may find myself spending the night and perhaps doing some work remotely from a laptop. Plus I’ve got a few shows coming up with an underrehearsed new band project, plus a wedding gig for the Jukejoint Handmedowns in a few weeks (our first), and a cd release party after that, for which the bandmates have requested another animated video, which I’m hoping I’ll be able to devote some time to this weekend.

September Song

Barrons, ChronicleHE, Jukejoint Handmedowns, music, River Styx

Immediately after Labor Day, things began to pick up around here. These are some of the projects I’ve been working on over this first week of September (interrupted by a weekend trip to the Wheatland Music Festival on the weekend of the 6th). Above was an assignment for the Chronicle of Higher Education last week. Below are a few pieces for Barrons, one done last week, and one I just finished a few moments ago.

Sketches for the two book projects I’ll be working on probably until the start of the Christmas season are in the ‘approval’ stage right now, but I expect to hear back on them sometime later this month, and I can get started on the finishes. As I’ve said before, I’m contractually obligated to keep all these 170 or so illustrations under wraps until after publication, so I won’t be sharing that work here for the time being. In the meantime, however, I’ll be sharing some of the more short deadline work, like the three black and white illustrations I finished earlier this week for River Styx Magazine (pictured below).

Oh, and almost forgot. I also had this book cover illustration for an independent publisher that I did last week. This was unusual in that it was the first job I’ve ever had come to me through my facebook ‘business’ page (that wasn’t a friend or relative).

In music news, the CD is now out, and available on iTunes, Amazon, and other online music sites, and is for sale at our live shows (title: ‘Oh Me Oh My!’ by the Jukejoint Handmedowns). We’ve got a busy weekend coming up, where we’ll be playing two outdoor venues back to back on Saturday afternoon, a Chili cook-off in downtown Grand Rapids, and then a Fall Arts Fair out in Fallasburg Park in Lowell.