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The Illustrated Shakespeare

twogentlemen_frontThe first volume of The Illustrated Shakespeare, a projected thirty-eight books — one a month for the next thirty-eight months — is scheduled for publication Monday, January 9.

It’s an ambitious project, and one for which I’m proud to be the illustrator, something that might come as a complete surprise to anyone who knows me since I’ve always spoken of my writing and not a word about art. Nevertheless, each book is supposed to be done in a different style. My challenge is to mix it up as much as I can. The Two Gentlemen of Verona is not an oft-read play, but it was the Bard’s first.

The books are being printed in alphabetical order, so the two gentlemen are up first.

Shakespeare Reimagined

shakespearelowrezThis is the first portrait I ever painted in gouache — the Bard of Avon, based on the famous Chandos portrait. I chose gouache for this painting because it’s more opaque than the watercolors I typically use. Plus these Holbein brand paints helped me get the dark background I wanted.

This particular portrait is reproduced on the back cover of an upcoming paperback edition of The Two Gentlemen of Verona soon to be published by Coyote Canyon Press. I designed the cover and also completed forty-five pencil illustrations for the book. Publication date is January 8, 2017.