Typical Daily Workload

Penguin
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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.

2 page spread
2 page spread
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Spot (1/4 page)
Spot (1/4 page)