Let me tell you a little bit more about those sketches I posted earlier.
Four or five years ago, smack dab in the middle of moving to Memphis, TN, from Richmond, VA, I was contacted by Cricket Magazine to illustrate a children's story about Uncle Septimus. This was a story written by Herbert Shippey in tall-tale fashion about an old man in the South with an improbably long beard. I've never thought of these as the best paintings I ever did, but I enjoyed the story, and liked drawing the beard, and was happy to have my work show up in a magazine that I read as a kid.
Anyway, The story is getting reprinted in a textbook, and they've asked for a new painting of Ol' Uncle Septimus. It's been interesting revisiting an older project. My painting has definitely improved in the intervening years, which is strange, because I've been working almost exclusively in ink. Here are two of them, with a third to come tmorrow.