The wraparound cover illustration for book two, PK Pinkerton and the Petrified Man, of the Penguin Wild Western series by Caroline Lawrence. This book follows our 12-year-old hero, PK (depicted foreground right), on a new adventure to solve a murder after establishing a detective agency.
I particularly enjoyed exploring the lighting and atmosphere of the dusty old saloon in this image. My thanks again to art director Jeanine Henderson.
What’s more…this illustration was accepted into Communication Arts Illustration Annual!
I had the great pleasure of illustrating a series of book covers for Penguin. I’m finally able to start sharing some of this work, as the first book just came out last week.
PK Pinkerton and the Deadly Desperados is the first of a series that follows the adventures of a young detective, PK Pinkerton, in the Wild West. In The Deadly Desperados, PK is hunted by a gang of 3 murderous villains, all while trying to solve a mystery.
Many thanks to AD Jeanine Henderson for the great gig! Illustrating this type of subject matter takes me back to my boyhood drawing obsession…scribbling heroes in my notebook. Bandits, Cowboys, Indians, horse chases, shootouts…what more could a boy ask for?
I had the enormous honor of illustrating a few small black & white spot illustrations for Susannah Cahalan’s New York Times Best Seller, Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness. A profound story that is psychologically, emotionally, and philosophically arresting. In it Susannah recounts her experience with a horrible brain disease which took her sanity, her sense of self, and very nearly her life. It is a disease that was only discovered in 2007, but possibly serves to explain cases of demonic possession throughout history. The fact that she is a dear friend made the task of accompanying her brilliant words all the more daunting, but in the end we came to an illustration approach that I hope speaks to her vision for the book.
Melba just launched their new website, and I illustrated the Header! Melba is a place to discover culinary talent and experience the joy of eating innovative meals together with people and chefs in your area. For a community of food lovers Melba is building a social alternative to dining in a restaurant. Cool! Check out their new site.