Both of the illustrations on this page were for the Worldwide Church of God (Youth 93, Plain Truth), but I’m not sure exactly when. Judging from the style and techniques, I’d say they were both from sometime in ’93. I don’t remember why I suddenly abandoned the cartoon style for something a bit more ‘crosshatched’ in the above illustration, perhaps it was a request from the editors, or perhaps I felt that this style would look more ‘menacing’.
This was another for the Worldwide Church of God. My records are sketchy, so I’m not sure exactly when this one was published. This one was about avoiding all the ‘bad messages’ that the media throw at you with regards to sex and promiscuity. These are my favorite kinds of cartoon illustration assignments, crowded with lots of details and opportunities for mischief.
These were all spot illustrations that were done for the Worldwide Church of God, although I don’t have a clear picture of when exactly they were done. I worked for this client anywhere from 1990 to 1994. If I had to guess, the ‘dog scratching at the door’ illustration above was probably nearer the end of the period, and the two spots to the left and below were both from sometime in the middle (around ’92).
You can usually ‘date’ the cartoon illustrations by how big the noses are on the characters, and how skinny the legs and arms are. The line tended to be more purposefully ‘wiggly’ near the beginning, as I was probably emulating the style of some other artists whose art I was attracted to, and when I started getting more self confident, I began to find my own linework style.
This ‘mechanical anatomy’ illustration was another for Strang Publications in Florida. I used this one many years later in a calendar brochure, and inspired another client to do a variation on this illustration for their own publication. (see February ’98)
A couple of new clients popped up in June and July of ’92, however I have very little memory of the projects involved. One of them was for Times Mirror Magazines (some illustrations about skiing?), and another was a fossil illustration for the Lapidary Journal. In August I had another assignment for Governing which I do remember quite vividly. It was a full page cartoon assignment about ‘innovation’ where I had a series of cavemen trying to design alternatives to ‘the wheel’. I remember it being quite cute, and I’m sorry to say that the artwork hasn’t survived.
In September I got my first assignments from a company called North American Publishing, who would keep me fairly busy over the next couple years. I don’t remember much about the jobs, however, and I’m not sure if the artwork was ever returned.
Another new client this month was the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York who gave me a smattering of illustration assignments during the coming months before disappearing again. (I don’t remember much about these either). Also heard from Institutional Investor magazine for the first time in September, another client who would give me repeat business for a short while before dropping out of sight. Corporate Detroit and Michigan Living also called for the first time around this period. Could be that the postcards I was sending out a couple months earlier were getting a few bites.
Also this month, I had a series of small spots on ‘athlete’s foot’ for The Worldwide Church of God. (I love the book titles in the ‘library’ spot – ‘Toe Tales’ and ‘Fungus and You’ — I don’t remember, did I come up with those, or were they handed to me by the client?)
(UPDATE 2018): I’m wondering, as I’m transferring this blog entry from the old blog to the new, if this article is the source of all the ‘toe fungus’ spam emails I receive? The stats on the old blog seem to indicated that this one entry got a lot of visits (probably from search bots).
The above illustration was for the Worldwide Church of God’s other publication The Plain Truth, and was one of a series of dinosaur illustrations for an article about love and sex (I forget what the dinosaurs had to do with anything). The two cartoon illustrations were for this client’s teen magazine ‘Youth 92′ , also from May of this year.