Sunday, June 26, 2016

Summertime is Illustration Time!

I'm currently at work ons many projects which will take all of the summer and maybe even the fall, to complete.  Every illustrator likes to stay busy so I'm happy to be drawing and painting away!  Here a are a few illustrations from the book I'm working on now in the Maple Tree Farm series for Pioneer Valley Books.









Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Recently...

Busy, Busy, Busy...that't what I've been lately working the long days needed to meet deadlines and visiting some schools too.  I'm working on another  book in the Tail of the Raccoon series and also some books for Pioneer Valley Books.  Here's a look at some of the art...all digital, which I'm having fun with!  I'll let you know when the books come out!
















Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Art

Over the years I've done many illustrations about Thanksgiving .  Both historic and traditional holiday concepts have been interesting to work on.  Here are a few of them.






Monday, November 16, 2015

Illustration History Website

I'm proud to be included among the many talented artists who have dedicated their careers to creating pictures that tell stories!  Illustration in America, as a profession, requires the highest technical and creative standards of the art form.  Throughout my career I have placed the bar high for myself and have given clients quality work on every project. Recognition of my contribution and accomplishments is very much appreciated.  The site, www.illustrationhistory.org, is a valuable resource for anyone wanting to learn about the art and craft of illustration.  Thank You to the Norman Rockwell Museum for recognizing the need for this information.




http://www.illustrationhistory.org/artists/steven-james-petruccio

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Illustrator Twins

So often, while doing research for a project, I'll come across some great artwork.  Such is the case with Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone.


They were twin sisters who created illustrations for many books including the original 101 Dalmations.  Janet focused on animals and birds while Anne handled people and costumes.  They would constantly take turns working on an illustration until both were satisfied with the finished piece.  You can research them to learn more about their lives and see more of their art.









Wednesday, August 5, 2015

And now for something completely different...

While still illustrating many historical, religious and wildlife subjects - I've been commissioned to create the art for a retelling of The Gingerbread Man titled, "The Little Cookie".  The original story has been done so many times that it's difficult to bring anything new to it so hopefully my character and style will make the book interesting.  Here's a peek at my visual thinking process in developing the main character.  Stay tuned for more...



Pencil character concept sketches for
" The Little Cookie" 


Close up of my kneaded eraser used as
a model for Cookie. 


Monday, July 13, 2015

Olana Plein Air Event

The Olana Plein Air Paint -Out and Auction is a wonderful event that brings attention to this historic home and the surrounding landscape.  This is my fourth year as a selected participant and I was glad to be out of my studio creating paintings in the beautiful Hudson Valley.
This is the spot and subject I painted on the first day, which was overcast and grey with periods of light rain.  Only once did some blue sky show through so I recorded the color and shadows quickly.







Here's the finished painting,
" OLANA PAIR"






Day two of painting was sunny and warm so I was able to stand in the field and create this painting of the barn.  The shadows were stark and long, while clouds dotted the sky above.  I loved the color contrast of my sepia underpainting of the clouds  against the blue sky...so I kept it.  It made for a moody work which was purchased by the new president of The Olana Partnership!


The finished painting,
"OLANA BARN"