Being a freelance illustrator, you get used to periods of being busy and having absolutely no free time, and periods when the work occasionally dries up for a week or so. The feast and famine is something you get used to, but in order to keep yourself busy and sticking to a routine, it's nice to have personal work or other projects to move your attention to in these down periods. Ink and Dagger is one of those projects. Fellow illustrator, Julia Scheele and I were discussing the lack of editorial illustration work that's out there these days when it occurred to us that we had a lot of freelance writer friends who were probably having a similarly frustrating time getting certain pieces commissioned. We thought maybe we could set up a website which could house spiked articles and previously unseen pieces - and accompany them with bespoke illustrations that we could provide during a quiet period of work.
For now, we're not planning on finding ways of making it pay, and we'll most likely only update it very rarely - in between jobs - but it's nice to have a place for experimenting with illustration briefs and having fun with our friends. It's also nice to work on a site that shows off how important it is to have good illustrations accompanying articles and how much of a difference it can make when people don't just use stock photos.
It's also a great place to host poem comics, comic reportage, and other short comic work so expect to see more of that too.
Go to inkanddagger.net to see what we've got up there so far.
Here are my designs for the logo, header and icon:
And here's another illustration I provided for a Hancox piece about seeing Tiesto in July, 2010: