I had a series of cartoon spot illustrations in December Oxendine Publishing. These all concerned ‘student government’ in one way or another.
These are all good examples of my cartoon style circa 2001. As the years passed, these would get less and less ‘cartoony’ and the characters would become more realistic. I actually prefer these older ones, and should try to get back some of the loose and playful qualities of these earlier works.
I also had a series of smaller spots for the same client in December. These were to accompany little ‘factoids’ – little mini-articles on a variety of student/college topics. ( I see I managed to sneak in a reference to my old high school transportation here, a chevy vega, although mine never had an anarchy symbol on the hood) – the topics were (if memory serves): parking problems, feeding the homeless at the holidays, and rating your professors.
I also had a cartoon assignment for Newsday. This was for an article about ‘working at home’, and this could very well be a self portrait, except that it looks very little like me. (I also rarely work in my PJs) – The dog and the computer and the Fed X truck are all pretty accurate though. Back in those days, the Fed X truck was usually a major highlight of my day – not so much these days with everything handled by email.
The above ‘sahara desert’ border was for one of the Cobblestone Publishing family of magazines. I forget what the story was about (the desert, obviously, but other than that …). Below is another assignment for the same magazine family, this one for a regular ‘puzzle page’ assignment that I frequently contributed to. A rather oddball ‘story problem’ assignment this month that involved music in some fashion. My goodness, look at those boots.
Color Scratchboards this month weren’t quite so plentiful, and most of the small spot variety. The above illustration was for a catholic magazine, and no doubt had to do with the priest pedophile cases cropping up in the news.
I also had another illustration for a jesuit magazine, that had something to do with the law and justice (pictured below)
You would think that the illustration to the left would also be for one of the above clients, but in fact it was for my ‘college’ magazine (see the posting on ‘cartoon spots’ this month). A rare scratchboard assignment from this particular client, as I usually work in a lighter cartoon style, but they thought with the heavier subject matter, that the scratchboard might be the better way to go.
I also had a couple of small spots connected to two corners of the page by a long meandering computer cable (which I didn’t bother to include the whole layout here), for a magazine client. This involved online medical advice sites, which were just now becoming popular.
I’m not certain, but I think this mountain climber may have been for the same assignment, although it doesn’t seem to fit the whole ‘medical angle’.
Below is a long horizontal illustration for an educational publication that dealt with how colleges are looking past the usual SAT scores in judging admissions.
I got a lot of practice drawing tiny little cartoons in August of ’01. The six illustrations above were for a college lifestyles magazine, and were a regular ‘factoid’ feature that I was contributing to for this magazine for many years.
Also this month I had a huge assignment of tiny black and white spot cartoons for a local children’s publisher. About 170 of these small illustrations would be liberally sprinkled among the text of this ‘writing workshop’ book. The sizes varied, a lot of them were long horizontals, and a few were larger and more intricate. I did so many of these, and so quickly, that I barely even remember drawing many of them, and while I was going through the files, I was pleasantly surprised by what I saw.
These illustrations here are just a sampling of the many illustrations that I did for this project. Unfortunately I don’t remember what kind of contract I signed with these projects, so I doubt if these are available as reprint material, although it wouldn’t be too hard to rework or revise them into something new and different.
I remember these projects as being very time consuming, but they were invaluable practice at refining my cartoon style and in learning to simplify my concepts down to their bare bones.