Despite all of that, my daughter is physically back at college, in an illustration and animation program run by a group of former Disney and Warner Brothers artists. She is very fortunate, (in my view) to be enrolled at a university with in-class instruction going on now. For the sort of thing she's learning, (character design, life drawing, illustration and animation techniques) in-person, hands-on instruction is important. After three weeks of classes, her university's Covid cases are extremely low and it seems to be working well. Fingers crossed that it continues.
While taking our daughter back to college, we made a visit to
my alma mater, the University of Illinois in Champaign.
My wife captured this angled shot of the quad, which
was much quieter than usual for mid-August.
What matters most in life? We spent several magnificent days reminding ourselves of just that, and we agreed that it was much needed for all of us. Several weeks later, we can say we pulled it off...safely.
With the important stuff covered, I thought I'd share a few of the things from the studio. I am fortunate to have plenty of book illustration projects and advertising work...here are a few recent highlights:
It is currently a Wall Street Journal and Amazon Business bestseller, and I know that
the two authors are excited to see how it resonates with readers.
A highlight of this past summer was that Julia was able to do an internship with me. We had discussed it loosely this past year, given her desire to pursue a career as an illustrator and animator. It made additional sense this year with Covid, rather than having her work at an unrelated outside summer job, (last year she was at an ice cream shop) I periodically get busy to the require the help of an assistant, so when that happened in June and July, I hired Julia to help me. She did background sketches for a large book illustration project - and she did quite well! We did not have to travel far for our creative meetings.
...illustrating something that has been slowly returning to offices, after being notably missing
over the past few months of Covid-19: The rush for the door at 5:00.
Another political cartoon, covering the Uber/Lyft legislation in California, effectively making all drivers employees rather than contractors, (which recently became a national news story). This as commissioned by a group of doctors whose patients are being affected by the move.
Several more projects danced through here past month, but I don't want to bore anyone. So, b-deep, b-deep, that's all, folks.
There are some exciting projects residing in the studio right now...one involves humorous illustrating for book by a business and personal development author in Massachusetts. He has had several books published, but this will be my first time working with him. There are a few corporate and advertising illustration jobs on the board, including a fun illustration for Ball Horticultural.
I just went outside a few moments ago and breathed deeply as snowflakes were coming down. It was 94 degrees here yesterday (Labor Day)...and now it's 34 degrees. There's nothing like Colorado.