15 February 1996
This was a project that I had completely forgotten about, and when I ran across the listing in my invoices, I was convinced that I no longer had the artwork. I was looking for another piece of art that I thought I may have saved down in the basement flat files, when I ran across a folder with all the originals for this book. I've chosen a sampling of some of the better pieces from this project to post here.
This was a wiccan book for Llewellyn Worldwide. They wanted 15 or so black and white illustrations. I wanted to do them a little different than my usual scratchboard technique, and tried to emulate old woodcut illustrations from the middle ages. I liked the 'naked on a goat' picture well enough, that I reused it again for a self promo brochure later in the year.
The book can still be found here used on Amazon.
About a decade later, I would once again pick up this client and do several more books along these lines, including several color cover illustrations.
12 February 1996
This was a sample piece of art that I worked up for a story that my brother was writing. This was set underwater in a fishing lake, and involved a worm's desperate attempts to avoid getting eaten (if I remember it correctly). This was one of my brother's better story ideas I thought, and I still think it deserves another chance. I don't know if the story was ever completed, or ever sent out to publishers, but I wouldn't mind giving this another shot. I think if I were doing it nowadays, I might avoid items like the general's helmet, and instead try to work a 'four star' pattern onto the fish's back by way of identification, and also, if I were to do this again, I think I'd do the fish a bit more realistically. I do like the worm character, and I had the idea of perhaps continuing the 'sign joke' as a running gag throughout the book, commenting on the action.
I don't remember exactly when I did this piece of art, I'm thinking it was somewhere around '96 or '97.