June Isn’t Exactly Busting Out All Over

ChronicleHE, Far East Economic Review, Uncle Goose Toys

Work this month continues to trickle in very slowly. The above piece was on an environmental topic for the Far Eastern Economic Review this past weekend, and below was a Chronicle of Higher Education editorial illustration about special needs students that I did early last week.

With all the down time, I’ve started to get a head start on some of the upcoming projects that are currently ‘on hold’, such as the series of ‘presidential portraits’ for a local toy manufacturer (with 44 of these things to do, it wouldn’t hurt to have a few in reserve, and even if the project never quite gets off the ground, these aren’t bad to have in my back catalog..) – pictured below, Madison (#4), Monroe (#5) and Adams (#6)

Summer Doldrums

Far East Economic Review, WSJ

Been kind of quiet the past few weeks, with a job here and a job there, and one larger book project with a long deadline (which I’ll probably end up finishing about a month early). A couple large projects expected to come in over the next few weeks, so I’m not in panic mode yet, but will probably send out a few promo postcards to shake the bushes this summer.

The job above was an illustration for the Wall Street Journal last week, and below is another one for the same client. One of the ‘health care spots’ that I do every other week for a column called “Aches & Claims”.

Last weekend, I also had another cover illustration for my Hong Kong client, this one having to do with the situation in Thailand. I usually give this client the separate illustration components in layers so they have a bit more freedom with their cover layout, which usually has to include a certain amount of text, which was a good thing in this instance since I had to do a little last minute adjustments to the boxers due to a cultural taboo regarding the soles of the feet.

Below is another illustration for the Wall Street Journal that I did this week, regarding the hopeful signs that the economy is recovering, combined with the sad fact that the job market probably won’t be improving for a while yet.

Rained In

Far East Economic Review, WSJ

A lot of rain the past few weeks, and the river has once again spilled out of its banks (third time this spring). It’s just as well, because I’ve been spending a lot of time recently indoors at the drawing board. Below is one of two illustrations for the Far Eastern Economic Review that I completed over the weekend. Below that is another cover illustration for the same client. Another of those that needed to be drawn in two stages and given to the client in pieces so that they could rearrange as needed for their layout purposes.

Last weekend I completed the cover illustration for an upcoming coffee table book on veterinary medicine. I’ll also be doing several inside spot illustrations later this spring for this same project.

I also had several illustrations for the Wall Street Journal over the past few weeks. One of my usual ‘health care spots’ is pictured below (something about acai berry cosmetics – they surprised me this week by choosing one of my more ‘goofy’ concepts). Also on monday I had a bonus rush assignment for the same publication, something to do with ‘stress test’ ratings for banks. (I actually preferred my other concept for this one, but maybe I can file away the idea and use it elsewhere). Below that is another assignment for the same newspaper that I completed last week (another one where I preferred one of my other sketches).

Now back to work, a few more deadlines looming later in the week. When it rains, it pours.

Out on a Limb

Barrons, Far East Economic Review

Not really slowing down all that much, but the pace feels a bit more relaxed this past week. I’ve got a few larger ongoing projects in the works, but probably won’t have much to post until later in the month. In the meantime here are a few projects from the end of March.

This rather complex image was an assignment over the weekend from my Hong Kong client. When I first read over the specs for this illustration I was a bit overwhelmed. The concept was based on a bit of eastern mythology, where an ocean of milk is churned by the actions of various parties playing tug of war with a giant dragon, and I was given a list of various parties to include on either side of the ‘churn’. The dragon would then snake around the border of the cover, leaving room for type/headlines in the middle and on either side of the masthead at the top. As a convenience to the client, the three separate elements (bottom, head and tail) would be send as floating layers that could be tweaked and rearranged as needed. It took most of the day on Sunday to complete, and was a bit tricky to pull off, but I think the final product was worth the effort.

Another assignment for the same client this weekend, this one about elephant polo. (and elephants are almost trickier to draw than dragons, although they don’t look it).

Below is an illustration for Barrons, probably from a couple weeks ago (done around the same time as the ‘prospector’ from the last posting).

Last week, I also finished up the last remaining odds and ends for the game board project, and I wish the designer the best of luck in the upcoming ‘game of the year’ competition. This upcoming month should see me immersed in Veterinary medicine, Insects, more Presidential portraits, and whatever else the fickle winds of illustration blow my way.

Not Quite the Ides of March, but close enough

AHMM, ChronicleHE, Far East Economic Review, North Carolina Magazine, WSJ

March has started fairly strong, with plenty of work on the docket, and looks to be so for the coming weeks at least. The large overseas ‘board game’ project continues to take up a majority of my time, and I should have some samples to post near the end of the month. In the meantime, I also had several other projects come across the desk in the past few weeks. The above illustration, for the Chronicle of Higher Education should appear in an upcoming issue, and the illustration below, was another fiction illustration for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, one of my longest running clients (this year will mark 20 years of working together).

This past weekend I also had a few quick turnaround illustrations for the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong. The above illustration was for a cover, and I also had a portrait assignment (below).

More portraits were in store for me this past week, with an assignment from the North Carolina Business Review. A rather fun assignment where I had to surround the portrait subject with a boardroom staffed with bobble head dolls. The complete two page spread is pictured above, and I have zoomed in on the right side of the image to show detail below.

Also this week, I had another ‘health care’ illustration for the Wall Street Journal, this one having to do with a new form of Alzheimer’s medication. The original sketch had the character sweeping off a brain, but the editors felt it might ‘gross people out’, so we went with an ‘elderly head’ as an alternate idea. Personally, I thought it ended up looking like a treatment for dandruff with this change, but what do I know?