Started work this past week on a recipe book for a new client. The recipes are inspired by various fantasy books, so the illustrations are more along the lines of vague interpretations of various characters or scenes from works of fantasy literature. A fun project so far, and I’m expecting to do somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 illustrations for this project.
I love doing portraits. If I had my way, I’d do nothing else all day. There’s something to me fascinating about the human face, and I never get tired of drawing them. This one was for Delaware Today.
I am about 3 days from finishing up the ‘Who Was’ project that I am currently working on, and this past weekend, I also began work on a new book project that I’m excited about. This is a new client, and it will be a recipe book inspired by various works of fantasy. I’ve done four rough sketches so far for a book that will probably have about 40 or so illustrations, and today I started with one of them just to nail down the look and style of these illustrations. I may or may not also be doing a greyscale wash like the sample below. Below that is the rough sketch. More to come as this project continues.
I’m in the middle of another ‘Who Was’ book project for Penguin currently. This one is on Walt Whitman. I usually post samples from the book a couple years after it has been published, but today, I thought I’d share with you what a typical day’s workload looks like when I’m doing one of these books. I try to shoot for a minimum of 6 illustrations per day, to meet the deadline the publisher has set for September 3rd (I always plan on trying to beat the deadline by a few days). This schedule is workable for me, as it takes up most of the day, but also leaves a little wiggle room in case I also need to fit in another project. This was todays’ 6 illustrations, and they usually range from single half page spots like above to 2 page spreads like the two below, with the occasional small spot (like the portrait). Today’s big challenge was the elaborate theater scene, which took a good chunk of the day to complete.
An illustration I did this morning for the American Bar Association. Been doing work for this client since 1995, and their jobs always keep me on my toes with their wide range of possible subject matter.