In addition to the shower of illustrations coming from two of my more regular clients during this month (chronicled in two separate entries for April), I also had a few other assignments trickle in from other corners of the client base. The illustration above was another of my fiction pieces for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This one concerned a teenage runaway who is taken in by a mysterious stranger.
A newer client, D Magazine from Texas, who I had done a few pieces for previously over the past year, gave me a trio of spot illustrations to work on. These were on a variety of subjects (which I have now long forgotten), but I seem to remember that they all had to pull together somehow by having a common ‘look and style’.
They were all to do with money in one way or another, so I had the idea of trying out a new technique, trying to make them look like extreme enlargements of engravings on a dollar bill, distressing the lines, using a dark green for the linework instead of the usual black, and trying to keep things rather stylized, but at the same time giving them a lighter humorous touch. It was fun working in a different technique, after so much scratchboard lately, and gave me a heady feeling of walking a tightrope without a net.
My favorite of the three, even though I really have no idea to what it refers to, is the toilet brush illustration. It just makes me laugh for some reason.
I also received a same day illustration from Newsday sometime during the month. This was a editorial essay about hiring undocumented aliens and paying them under the table. I seem to remember that some political figure at the time was in hot water for doing something of this sort.
And finally, a color piece for Barrons, this one about investing in ‘junk bonds’. A busy month, so much so that I almost completely forgot most of the drawings that I did during this period, in the rush of activity, and am only now getting reaquainted with them as I work my way through the archives.
In the latter half of February, besides the flurry of educational spots (see other posting for this month), I had a variety of assignments from all corners of the spectrum. The above illustration was for D Magazine out of Texas, who I had done work for about a year prior. This was a smaller spot illustration, having to do with school finance laws.
The illustration to the left was for Barrons, and had to do with the real estate market. After the fact, I was asked to go back to this illustration and add a continuation of the ‘stream’ so that it wound its way all the way down the sidebar of the page (I’ve only posted the original piece here).
I had an assignment around this time from America magazine. This accompanied a story about bible scholarship. I was asked a few months later to do a follow up illustration along the same lines.
I also had another of my ‘health care’ illustration spots that I do every two weeks for the Wall Street Journal. This one was either regarding measles treatments, or acne, I dont’ remember which.
I had a couple of small cartoon spots around this time for Highlights magazine. The one to the left was something to do with ‘family activities’, and the other one (pictured to the right) had something to do with figuring out how many kids it would take laid end to end to reach the moon.
I also had another spot illustration for the Wall Street Journal, this one had something to do with a specific airline carrier and their ongoing financial woes. Didn’t quite like how this one turned out. I don’t normally enjoy drawing airplanes, and trying to anthromorphize one didn’t make it any easier.
I also had a piece for Newsday. This one was a lifestyle section color piece having to do with sending your kids off to summer camp. I liked how I treated the clothing of the two main characters in this one. I usually just do a straight color wash, but the patterns seemed to help break up the rather large color spaces better.
The nautical themed postcard that I sent out last fall paid off in a big way this month with a multi-image assignment from D Magazine out of Texas. This story involved a group of cuban refugees who travelled through a hurricane to reach the Texas coast in a small motorboat. The above illustration appeared in the magazine as a 1&1/2 page spread, and was quite fun and dramatic to put together. I also had a smaller ‘map insert’ that chose to do in a slightly different style. I hadn’t done a map in quite a while, and I forgot how much fun they could be. It is a totally different experience working on a map, than it is drawing a ‘scene’ like the one above. You seem to use a different side of your brain while you work on it, and it is a nice break from the routine. In addition, I also was asked to provide a horizontal ‘waves’ picture that could be used along the bottom of subsequent pages in the article.
Then, for the Chronicle of Higher Education, I had to put my conceptual skills to the test, for an article about psychology in middle aged adults. I almost used this one as a promo postcard later in the year, but changed my mind at the last minute.
Then I had an unusual fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This one was set in a fictional ‘middle ages’ era, and concerned a travelling musician. I liked the layout of this one, a little different than the usual scenes I churn out for this publication.