A new illustrated edition of Charles Dickens' great BLEAK HOUSE
So in doing magazine and book illustration for a few decades, I picked up a couple of technical terms. For example, an illustration is called an “illo”, a sketch is called a “ruff”, and a deadline is called a “#!!@! deadline”.
Illos done for print are termed by their size, and from biggest to smallest are called a spread, full-page, half-page, quarter page, and spot. Spots are fun because they are usually simple, a quick visual read, and they don’t necessarily have to carry as much narrative weight as a full-page does.
For BLEAK HOUSE the spots are relatively quick to do as they don’t require the historical research that a bigger image does. Here is a gallery of a few of the spots I’ve completed, some with sketches to show how they progress from “ruff” to “spot”. I know it sounds like I’m running a kennel but I’m not!
Well, maybe these two above examples are a bit more developed than my definition of a spot illo. Here are a couple that fit the bill a little better:
I am a commercial artist and illustrator from New York and now retired. I'm also a longtime Charles Dickens fan and I've embarked on a project to illustrate his great BLEAK HOUSE.
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