THE NUTCRACKER. 1991. Pen on paper, ~17 × 11″.
Greetings, readers! I'm going to take the rest of the week off to spend time with family. I hope you all have a happy Thanksgiving! I'll leave you with some holiday-themed early work — a cover for the 1991 production of The Nutcracker in Daytona Beach, FL. They were kind enough to provide a fairly weighty bio for my 10 years of life experience. (It may have helped that just below was a half-page ad from my parents' art supply store.) Aside from being among my earliest published work, it was also my first encounter with editorial oversight — I had to change the position of the ballerinas' feet so that they pointed out the right way. If only I had Google image search back then...