I’m still trying to catch up to current projects in these blog posts, which I’m making more challenging for myself by continuing to produce work…which is a good thing. More on that subject later.
Hot on the heels of finishing the cover for the fourth installment of L.S. Gagnon’s Little Witch Series, I was asked to come up with four story illustrations, one for each of the four original books. I had some general guidelines about what scenes to represent, but was otherwise left to do what I do. This was a very interesting and fun exercise. The images were intended to be printed out at 11″x17″ and put on display at a book convention to help attract attention to the series. Both the finished print size and the overall proportions for these illustrations was larger than the book covers, they needed to be portrait orientation compositions, and I didn’t have the constraints of trim margins, titles, blurbs, etc. That left me with more real estate to plan and use. It also allowed me to be a bit more dynamic with the compositions. Throughout the process, I tried some new techniques and built several brushes, and I was able to produce them all in about a month and a half (which isn’t easy when your primary function is stay-at-home dad)!
There they are. If you’ve read the books, how do you think I did? I’m curious.
With those wrapped up, I moved on to complete a cover commission, but this time for a different author, which you’ll read about in the coming weeks here. Right now, I’m on to some of my personal projects that have been waiting patiently for me. I’ve banged out a few IPMDT panels, as well as plotted and thumbnailed out a few strips. Also, I may have actually done some work on 10 Things. DUN DUN DUNNNN! I know! Crazy. I’m actually hoping to have it done before summer. I’ve done some tablet drawing at night over the last few weeks. I finally finished up a concept piece that I’ve been working on intermitently for several months (I have a put together a process GIF to go along with the eventual post about it, too). I attempted to start some concept sketches for the short comic book project with my wife, but I was very unhappy with them so they were scrapped.
I still have tons to do on my To Do list, but I’m looking forward to shifting some of them (finally) over to the Done list over the next few months. But before any of that happens, though, I should probably go to sleep…I like working at night, but I’m not sure the disruption to my sleep is helping me achieve my goals in the long run…