Saturday, April 30, 2011

Dave Stevens' Sketchbook

Here's the cover I designed to the new IDW sketchbook coming out from IDW. It continues to be a privilege to be associated with work by Dave Stevens. This is a 256 page hardcover book that collects all of the sketchbooks that Dave self-published. Also included in this book, is approximately 80 pages of additional sketchbook material, being printed for the first time. There is a great mix of both black and white images and full color art pieces. With designing this book, I wanting to keep with the Art Deco influences of the previous Dave Stevens books. I thought it would be a great companion piece to "The Rocketeer Artist's Edition" book, and also "The Complete Rocketeer Deluxe" book. The lightning bolts on this cover are a nod to that similar design element in the Deluxe book.

Inside the book, you get to see how versatile Dave's abilities were. Along side of the pin-up drawings, are hollywood portraits, animation drawings, advertising art, figure drawing, movie poster concepts, watercolors, charcoal, pen and ink, commissions, and personal work. Along with the variety, is also a window into his working style and growth as an artist. To me, the book feels really complete and a valuable resource to fans of illustration.


  1. Looks fantastic , and very much in keeping with the format he adopted when he was self publishing these collections.

    Looking forward to picking it up.

  2. Looks a beaut!
    Is it the same size as the sketchbooks?


  3. Dominic,
    I tried to be respectful and aware of Dave's influences. I certainly want the book to feel like it is an extension of his work.

    The size of the book is 8" x 12." Also just added, will be a San Diego exclusive cover, which I will post soon.