Been a busy several weeks. I haven’t had time to post any samples in a while. The illustration above was a quickie for River Styx about a young newlywed couple who do some ‘caving’ on their honeymoon. I actually preferred the energy of the sketch to the final illustration on this one. In the past few weeks I’ve been finishing up a few new book projects. One of them was another of the ‘Who Was’ series of books for Penguin, this one on the Bermuda Triangle (I’ve attached a sample illustration, one of about 80 of the illustrations for this particular title). I’ll be sharing all the illustrations for this book probably sometime next year after it is on the shelves. The other book I was working on was for a new client, MacMillan Children’s Publishing, and was a semi-humorous book on Orville & Wilbur Wright (if you recall, I also did a book on the Wright Brothers for Penguin a few years back). I’ve attached one of illustrations as a sample (and again, will share more of them after publication).
A few of the assignments I did this week, including an assignment for River Styx (above), and another courtroom scene for the ABA (below), and a couple more covers for the Dover Evergreen Classics series of reprints (Tom Sawyer and Rose in Bloom, pictured at the bottom). I’ll likely be starting back to work on book project finishes next week.
Finished up this illustration for the ‘Chronicle of Philanthropy’ (a sister publication to the ‘Chronicle of Higher Education’, one of my longer running clients, who I first worked for in 1991). This one was a bit tricky logistically, and I did most of the work over the weekend, building the ‘money piles’ and then layering in the crowd participants, and only finished the central figure this morning. Work seems to be picking up steam here in the latter part of September, and I should have some more samples to post later in the week for various projects. I’m currently sitting in the ‘eye of the storm’ (4 books in the works, between sketch phase and finishes), but I’m getting prepared to jump back into the fray any time now. Meanwhile I’m enjoying the relaxed pace while it lasts.
Another in the series of Penguin “Who Was” books that I did in 2014 was “Who Was Robert Ripley?”. This was my sixth title for this client (the previously shared “Isaac Newton” and “Edgar Allan Poe” books were actually numbers 7 and 8, respectively, I had somehow skipped the Ripley book), and I am currently working on two titles concurrently (in 2017) that will be the 14th and 15th in this series. As with the other books, I may have shared one or two samples in previous posts, but this is the first time I am sharing all 80 or so illustrations from the book. Next month I’ll be sharing ‘Where Is Niagara Falls?’ from 2015.
Been a while since I’ve posted. I’ve been rather busy with a couple book projects (all of which will have to wait before I can post samples). But here’s another cover for Llewellyn’s ‘Witches Companion’ series of books. This will be the eleventh of these covers that I’ve done (see the others here). I’ll try and post some more Penguin ‘biography’ samples in the next few days if I can find the time.
Since sometime late last year I’ve been doing a series of book cover illustrations for Dover’s ‘Evergreen Classics’ series of reprints. Fourteen covers so far, and I received a package of four sample books in the mail yesterday, and it was interesting to see how they made use of my black and white artwork with a limited color palate. I especially liked how the Amistad cover turned out.
I’m currently in a ‘between jobs’ state here in the week before Labor Day, but I have a sneaking suspicion that the closing months of the year are going to be ridiculously busy. The above illustration was a ‘sample’ illustration for a book project for BakerÂ that will be one book project out of possibly 3 more that I’ll be working on over the next four months. I have a feeling that this week is the ‘calm before the storm’.
After working on this album now since spring (and the planning for it has stretched back over the two years since our last release), the new Jukejoint Handmedowns album is nearly ready to go to the manufacturers. We’ve got one more song to record this week, and a few tweaks to a few other tunes, and we’ve still got to shoot a band photo for the interior (the one that is shown is a place holder for now). I’m hoping to place the order for the first batch the day after Labor Day, with a lot of production work to finish up over the weekend. This is our fourth album, and the songs are all about our home state of Michigan, covering various topics from notorious tourist traps to urban legends to the growth of the craft beer movement, the decline of the auto industry, the state’s generous bottle return policy to its natural wonders (and several famous and not so famous local ‘characters’ round out the mix). Above, you can see the exterior CD cover, and below is the interior, featuring a cartoon map that pays homage to every one of the songs in one way or another. Further down, is the artwork for the CD itself, and two sides of aÂ trifoldÂ ‘lyric booklet’ that will be inserted opposite the CD.
As always, like our previous albums, these will be available at our live shows, on iTunes, CDBaby, AmazonÂ and other online music outlets.
Cover illustration for another Dover ‘Evergreen Classics’ book. This one was for ‘Little Lord Fauntleroy’. I also did a wedding ‘save the date’ announcement illustration for my son and his fiance. These crazy kids will be getting hitched next August, and they wanted something in the same style as my ‘Western Heroes’ scratchboards that I had been doing last month.
An illustration I finished up this morning for Hudson Valley of Hilarie Burton and her husband who were involved in a children’s home renovation project. (was really fighting the urge to put a barbed wire wrapped baseball bat in the husband’s other hand, but didn’t think it would fly, especially with the subject matter).