I did a cover for the Seattle Weekly last week (on newsstands this week). The story was about a family who took advantage of an older woman and stole a lot of money from her. The sketches for the illustration went through a number of phases as the art director and I worked out the concept. Finally we settled on this conceptual solution of a wolf-tree with a sheep stuck in the branches. This image came originally from working on the concept of “a wolf in sheep’s clothing” and finally just became the wolf being the predator and the sheep the prey, much like the family was predatory and the old woman fell prey to them. Here is the final illustration:
Coincidentally, for the past week or so I had been working on a personal piece that also involved a wolf when I got this assignment. So I have been all about wolves all the time for the past couple weeks. I started working on an idea for a Little Red Riding Hood illustration sometime after Thanksgiving. Here is what I finally came up with:
I thought it might be nice to go back to working on fairy tales for my personal pieces. I will try to continue with the theme in the new year.