July Scratching

Legal Times, Newsday, Sign of the Times, WSJ

One of my better ‘bull’ concepts for my national newspaper client is pictured above. And one of the goofier ones is pictured to the left. Not sure what the slant of each of these stories was, but I’m guessing that the ‘bull market’ isn’t quite in full swing just yet.

For the same client, below, I had my usual weekly ‘health care’ spot. The topics this month were: ‘baby helmets’, ‘birth control’, ‘breath strips’ and something to do with ‘driving around in cars’ (I don’t remember this one at all).
I had a ‘same day’ illustration for one of my east coast newspaper clients, a black and white scratchboard editorial piece about the Iraq war.

Another black and white piece this month, was for a christian publication, to accompany a story about a reunion between a son and an estranged father and his new wife.

Below that one, is a color scratchboard piece for an east coast legal newspaper. I don’t quite remember the slant of this story, perhaps about immigration rulings?

Additional February Assignments

Carus Publishing, ChronicleHE, Legal Times, Newsday

I had a rather large cartoon illustration for one of my east coast newspaper clients. This one concerned the new policies being adopted by the airlines where they would start cutting back on food service and allow passengers to bring their own food on board. I had a lot of fun with this one. While they are generally more work than the usual assignment, I like the chance to do a ‘busy’ scene with lots of chances to hide little bits of subversive humor all over the place.

I also had a piece on Colin Powell’s presentation to the United Nations. This was the first time I’d been given the chance to draw Mr. Powell, surprisingly enough, considering how much he’s been in the news over the past 10 years.

Also, for the same client, was the color illustration below. I dont’ remember this one too well, and I don’t know why there are burgers that look like ‘the earth’ being fried on a skillet. I remember having a hard time making these burgers ‘look’ like burgers. I still don’t think I quite succeeded.

The above illustration was for a legal newspaper client of mine. I remember being rather nervous about this one. It was supposed to depict the inside of the Supreme Court chambers (something I’d never seen), and I was having trouble finding good reference for the room, and I knew that the client, being based in Washington DC was probably more familiar with the room than I was. I hope I came at least close.

The illustration above was one that I had this month for an educational publication. I don’t remember the topic of this one all too clearly.

And finally, I had a couple of cartoon assignments for regular clients this month. The alien at the chalkboard above, was for my semi-regular ‘puzzle page’ feature that I’d been contributing to for a children’s science periodical. I’d done a few ‘aliens’ for this feature before, but this is my personal favorite alien. I also had a piece on ‘post office employees’ for another children’s publication (pictured below).

In the News

ChronicleHE, Legal Times, WSJ

I don’t quite remember what the above story was about, but I do like how this illustration turned out. Doing clear glass in scratchboard is always a tricky proposition, and I was tickled with my own solution to the problem here. A nice simple design and execution, and didn’t get too fancy with the colors. Most of the illustrations in this posting were for the Wall Street Journal, unless otherwise noted.

The illustration above was a bit more complicated. Made extensive use of the ‘copy and paste’ feature, doing one ‘slot machine’ and a couple coins and cloning them as needed. Not bad, made the most of a rather static and dull concept.

Above are a number of small black and white spots that I had for the same client in January. The four ‘health care’ spots for the weekly column that I illustrate; topics were: band aids, face creams, chicken supplements, and laser treatments. Also a small ‘horserace’ border for a sunday chart accompaniment.

The piece above was for Legal Times, and concerned one of the ‘gitmo detainees’ and comparing his situation to some earlier historical precedents.

The illustration above was for the Chronicle of Higher Education. This one concerned miscommunications and crossed wires.


ChronicleHE, Legal Times, Newsday, WSJ

Above is one of my favorite illustrations of mine this year. This was for an educational publication client of mine, and dealt with ‘demonization’. I was looking over November’s work output, and lamenting the fact that most of the work that month looked ‘sub par’, and was speculating that perhaps it was because of an unusually high workload. But now here I am looking over October’s assignments for 2002, and the workload looks as high, or maybe even higher, and the quality seems way up there for the most part. I don’t know what happened, perhaps I was just in a better frame of mind this month, or perhaps the jobs were a bit more stimulating. Who knows. Wish I could turn it on and off like a faucet when I need it.

Another fun piece, with a strong ‘conceptual base’ was this illustration at right, for my east coast newspaper client. I don’t quite remember the story that this accompanied, but it had something to do with innovation, or the period of invention following the industrial revolution (?). Anyhow. I liked both the idea behind this one, and had a bit of fun with the execution, using some different techniques than I usually do when finishing up a scratchboard assignment.

Another ‘balloon’ scratchboard illustration was for my national newspaper client. The idea wasn’t quite so strong with this one, (I don’t remember if this was an idea supplied by the editors, but I think it was, considering all the ‘flags’, which I don’t usually lean towards in my idea generating) but it turned out better than I feared it would (the overlapping flags almost make it a bit busy and confusing).

Also, for the same client, was this spot regarding California politics. I dont’ quite remember who the subject of this caricature was. Governor? Senator? Anyhow, another illustration where I have to include text to ‘explain’ the concept, which I usually don’t like doing, but when it is a specific request of the editors, it is kind of unavoidable.

Another illustration where I had to include a lot of text, was this piece below on the ‘sex offender registry’ for a legal newspaper. That looks like my old Apple G-3. Always hated doing anything featuring ‘computers’ or ‘tech gadgets’ as they always seem to be quickly dated. Looking back on this from the future year of 2018, it seems like something that belongs in a museum.

Misc Assignments

America, Legal Times, Newsday, US Catholic, WSJ

The illustration above and to the left were both for the same east coast newspaper during the month of July. The one above concerned the effect that 9/11 had on the film crews and photographers who were in New York that day. The illustration to the right concerned the new powers granted the TSA.

The illutsration below was for the same client this month. This one concerned baby research, and I was a bit nervous about this one. Babies not being my strong suit, and especially when I chose to portray the kid front and center, with forced perspective in such a large format illustration. It didn’t come out too bad, but I probably could have gone a bit more stylized, and the colors (especially the background) weren’t the best choice.

The piece to the right and the piece below were both for the same legal newspaper client. The piece to the right was about a couple of Washington big wigs who were under investigation at the time. I don’t remember who they were, unfortunately. The piece below was on gun control, and discussed how different presidents viewed this contentious issue.
The two cartoons above were for a catholic magazine, and bookended an article about grandparents, and the photo wallets faded out behind the text to seemingly connect to the opposite side. The originals are quite a bit larger than the ones I’ve reproduced here.
The piece to the left is another for the same magazine in July. I usually don’t like including ‘text’ on an illustration as a way of explaining the concept, but it was a specific request of the editors.

Another one that included ‘text’ in the concept was this rather straightforward illustration request for a jesuit magazine pictured below. I liked how the text was handled a little better in this one. Going through the shadow and partially hidden by the character helps integrate it into the illustration a little better and makes it a little less obvious.