Jessica Wolk-Stanley
Realistic Work
Look, I can draw in a realistic style too.
 
These are illustrations I did for
Lincoln’s Daughter, thelast book in a trilogy, Lincoln Out of Time, that my father, Tony Wolk

Lincoln Out of Time
trilogy is a series about Abraham Lincoln traveling in time. The books aremeticulously researched and written in an almost poetic prose style. It wasclear to me that my usual cartoony, no-elbows style would not be appropriatefor this project at all. Early on in my career, I did draw in a very realisticmanner. But I’ve been honing my cartoonier style for several years now and likeit very much. I continue to challenge myself to find new ways to express myselfwithin the boundaries of my “style.” This keeps my illustration fresh andcompelling for me and, I hope, for my clients. But in my sketchbooks, I still draw inall manner of styles. However, I had not drawn professionally in arepresentational style in quite a while, so this was a refreshing change.
I was given a lot of freedom with this project, which waswonderful. I have always been very inspired by the era of publishing around theturn of the last century when it was routine to have all kinds of booksillustrated, even adult ones. In these older novels, there was generally onlyone illustration per signature. I decided I wanted to approach this book an asimilar way, inserting four drawings, evenly spaced throughout the book. 

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In the beginning, I had a vague sense of what I wanted toaccomplish for these books. I didn’t just want to “illustrate” what the readerwas perfectly capable of imagining for themselves. I wanted my drawings to showsomething new, to complement the text. I think I achieved something here, adreamy quality that is shared by the novels.

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