Here’s a book I did a while ago—Señor Don Gato. Due to a copyright dispute, it’s no longer in print. This project was a turning-point in my style. I closely studied the work of Diego Velasquez: his palette, composition and lighting. By limiting my range of color and paying attention to how a subject is lighted, my illustrations became less cartoony and more painterly.
Here’s a sketch. Don Gato receives a letter from his lady-love and reads it on a high red roof:
And the final painting:
This painting below was never part of the book. I did it to get a feel for Velasquez’ painting technique.
Here is the portrait by Velasquez that inspired my painting of el Don.
If you’d like a copy of Señor Don Gato, shoot me an e-mail at Jmanders@aol.com. I have a small stash of mint-condition copies and I’ll be happy to autograph them for you. I’m charging $40 per copy. Half of that will go to the Venango County Humane Society. I promise to do some kind of big cardboard check photo op so you know I didn’t keep all the cash for myself. The offer’s good til I run out of books.