Misc Spots in April

AHMM, Diversity, Newsday, US Catholic, WSJ


The above same day illustration was for Newsday, to accompany an editorial about George Bush’s foreign policy. A fun piece, that turned out quite nice.
And another rush piece for the same client is pictured below, this one having something to do with Vietnam. A little different than my usual look for scratchboard, utilizing a ‘pepperspray’ technique over part of the illustration to give it a little different texture.


The above fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine is pictured above. I don’t quite remember the story, but I remember having to do a bit of research on victorian houses and a certain make of car that was a central ‘clue’ of the story. Frequently, when I have a ‘license plate’ opportunity in an illustration, where it doesn’t have to be something specific, I sneak in my son’s initials and birthdate.



Only two ‘health care’ column spots for the WSJ according to my records this month. Not sure why. Perhaps because of a vacation we took early in the month for spring break to see my grandmother and celebrate her 90th birthday. Anyhow, the two spots above were about allergies, and about tobacco companies trying to push ‘chewing tobacco’ as an alternative to smoking. Also, for the Journal, I had a piece on Indian business practices (the pole vault piece below), and another one depicting a ‘buy/sell’ electric shock experiment, although for the life of me I can’t remember what the article could have been about. (pictured left).

In addition, this month I also had an assignment for AG Edwards. I don’t publish those pieces here because of our contractual agreement, but I may publish them in the future when the contracted time has elapsed.

I had a few assignments for US Catholic this month. The above cartoon was to go across a two page spread, and dealt with the Pope’s busy schedule. The piece below was about charitable giving, and teaching your children to be more generous.

And finally, this month, I had a full page color illustration for Diversity magazine. This was one of those concepts that was provided by the client, and I served to ‘put it to paper’. I like a little input in the creative process, but too much, and the drawings can sometimes turn out a bit stale.

The Fat Factor

ChronicleHE, Diversity, WSJ

Above is the monthly ration of ‘health care’ spots for a regular column that I have illustrated since 2002 for the Wall Street Journal. The topics were (if I remember correctly); icy hot patches for back pain, a new device for sanitizing toothbrushes, contact lenses, health benefits of pomogranates and massage therapy.


For the same client, I also had the above assignment having something to do with the real estate market. I wasn’t too crazy about how this one turned out. Houses aren’t exactly my favorite thing to draw, but in this case, the ‘person’ is the weak link. I need more practice on drawing obese people (because that ‘fat cat’ character pops up from time to time like a bad penny).

I did a bit better with the ‘fat man’ in the following illustration, for the Chronicle of Higher Education. I was a lot happier with this illustration all around, nice hand, nice overall layout.

Another piece for the same client that turned out pretty nice, was the illustration below. The concept was a little weak, and I didn’t have high hopes for it (mostly just replicating the harvard logo), but it turn out half bad.

Also had a full page illustration for Diversity magazine, that wanted a ‘bucket brigade’ image with a breakdown in the line. My wife and I posed for all the figures, and I had to change each to be various ethic varieties and body sizes and types and ages. This one turned out quite nice, better than most ‘full page’ assignments, although I question the liberal use of purple in the background, looking back at it now.

December Oddities

Carus Publishing, Cobblestone, Diversity, Highlights


Another newer client during this time period, was Highlights magazine, and who approached me earlier in the year to take a stab at updating a few of their venerable recurring characters. The assignment above was a fiction piece about a fireplace ( I think, the details a bit hazy on this one), and required a large opening illustration and a smaller accompanying spot for the second page. Nice change of pace to work in the cartoon style again. The cartoon style seems to be popular with the ‘kids publishers’, and sometimes for magazine work when they want something a little lighter.

The above piece was another in a continuing series of ‘puzzle illustrations’ that I’ve been doing for Oddysey magazine (Cobblestone). These are usually rather odd, and rely heavily on the text to explain what is going on in them – usually a puzzle wrapped within a story problem.
The piece to the left was for a new client, Diversity magazine. The art direction was pretty heavy on this one, I was just required to put the idea to paper. I normally don’t like working text into illustrations, but sometimes is unavoidable.