Although most of my work is commissioned in the UK, I also have an agent in the US, Kendra Marcus, and every so often something comes up. The exchange rate has made it very difficult to work with US publishers in the last few years, but things are slightly better just now.
This latest job is a single illustration: a cover for an educational book. These jobs always have silly deadlines and are normally needed yesterday. This time it's not too bad. Above is my rough, which I had to get done ASAP, but the artwork isn't due until the end of next week.
This is how it's done for advertising too. It's not as creative, or as much fun as generating the image yourself, but it does make the job quicker. Having said that, I've had a right job with this one, battling to make the shadow idea work. I'm still not 100% sure: I've taken a lot of liberties, but it's one of those ideas that works a lot easier very rough, than when you have to draw it properly!