Sunday, December 18, 2011

1st, 2nd and 3rd Commisions for Educational Publishers


Reference photos for illustrations

Deadlines are called that for a reason. I feel quite dead after couple of months of meeting deadlines and teaching on top of that. I just finished 13 paintings in 8 days! The first educational job came (McGraw Hill), then the 2nd one (McGraw Hill) and then the 3rd (Cengage/National Geographic)! Go figure, no jobs for months and months and months and now everything together and life is crazy busy.
Anyways, because of such short deadlines, I did learn to make decisions and work much faster.
While I can’t really share my final paintings for a while, I thought it would be fun to share the reference photos for one of the jobs starring me and my husband Ben. Even though he is not an illustrator, he knows exactly what needs to be done for reference shots and we just do it fast and fun.


  1. He he, love it! Your hubbie is such a good model - lots of expression. I take reference pics like that too sometimes and I always wondered what someone would think if they found my digital camera laying around somewhere.

  2. Thank you guys! We usually go overboard with the reference, so that there is a lot to work with.

  3. Really wonderful, I love the reference photos! :D And... how awesome to see Cengage/National Geographic on your client list! I work for them currently, in their Monterey office. My cube is right around the corner from the art director :D What a small world.

    Congratulations on all the work rolling in... It is really cool to follow your progress. 13 paintings in 8 days sounds exhausting, even without a full-time job. Amazing!

  4. Small world indeed! Thank you Sarah for following my progress.