Fresh From The Drawing Board

Paws for Celebration

It's always nice to hear from John Liy at QPB (Quality Paperbacks). Usually it's for a catalog cover featuring an illustration based on a best seller about to be released in paperback. This was the case with the "Let's Get Lost" cover which promoted Dan Brown's story about D.C. symbolism. John wanted me to work in a flannel pattern that he was also using as a design element. Being such an important time for sales, I always feel very lucky when given the opportunity to illustrate a holiday issue.

I felt really lucky when John asked me to illustrate the remaining 3 holiday covers. He'd been pushing for one illustrator to do a holiday series and chose me as the first illustrator to tackle this. I was extremely excited (and a little nervous). The only direction given was to work with the theme "Give and Get" and to keep the flannel pattern somewhere in each cover. For a little added continuity between covers I had some characters repeat. One of my favorite projects of the year. Thanks John!

QPB Covers

I sincerely wish you a wonderful season of "Giving and Getting." Hope we get the chance to work together in the New Year!

Take care,
Gary

Munchroom Math

Munchroom Math

Being an illustrator for the past 10+ years, I've read a lot of project specs and can discern rather quickly whether a job will be fun or not. With specs that listed illustrations of "weird pudding fluff" and "a nondescript meat product", this job jumped right into the fun category.

Munchroom Math is part of the Edupress Learning Well Game Series. Players fill their cafeteria trays with chow cards after answering a math question on the back.

After reminiscing about puke green walls and gravy train Tuesdays with project director Cathy Baker, we decided to keep the illustrations bright and fun with just the lightest sprinkle of "grossness".
 

Stay Cool

In the meantime, if I can help out on an upcoming project please don’t hesitate to call!

Stay cool,
Gary

Life Imitates Art

Life Imitates Art

For those of you in the snowier parts of the country, has it been cold this year or what?!

This timely illustration was done late last year for the February issue of QPB (Quality Paperback Books).

A QPB cover usually consists of a scene including and playing off the latest best sellers. The art director, John Liy, wanted to focus on Thomas Friedman’s global warming book Hot, Flat, and Crowded. John proposed a crowded park on an unseasonably warm day. To drive home the point this wasn’t just a nice spring day, I included the Valentine Pops and Skating Rink Closed sign. This job did give me the opportunity to add a lot of little details, right down to illustrating all the book covers.

In keeping with the weather theme of this email, I’d like to include an old drawing from my sketchbook. This sketch came to mind after sliding with my daughter. Though the winter has been cold, it has also been extremely fun (especially with a 2 year old).

If there’s an upcoming project I can help out with, please give me a call. If no answer, just leave a message. I’m either shoveling or sledding :)

Take care,
Gary