Scratchboards in Color

ChronicleHE, Consumer Reports, Legal Times, Newsday


One of my color scratchboard assignments this month allowed me the chance to draw not one, but two presidents in the same illustration. I forget the gist of the story, but it seems to me that the president mentioned somewhere that he was reading this particular book. This was for an east coast legal newspaper.

For many years, I’ve done a fair amount of work for a children’s version of a large national magazine, which eventually went out of business. This trio of ‘computer laptop’ spots was the last assignment I would receive from this client, this one actually for the ‘grown up’ version of the magazine. A lot of fun assignments came from this client, and I was sorry to see them go.

The above illustration was another for the legal newspaper, and concerned ‘military tribunals’.
The illustration below, was for an educational publication. The figure is supposed to look like she is getting ready to pole vault over the college gates, but I don’t think I pulled it off.

The illustration below was for my east coast newspaper client, and was a caricature of the governor of NY. I’ve done this guy a couple times in the past, and he is always a tricky subject. This is probably my best likeness, but I wasn’t crazy about the colors that I chose for his outfit. (again with the purple – what is it with my use of purple around this time? I seemed to use it for everything)

The illustration at left was another piece for the educational publication. I don’t remember much about the story, except that it had something to do with Harvard, so I needed to do a little research on their cap and gown designs.

Additional November Assignments

ABA, America, Consumer Reports, Newsday, Time for Kids, Zillions


The above illustration was for a legal magazine client. I don’t quite remember the angle of the story, but it was a nice finished piece. I kept it rather loose, so I didn’t have to worry too much about drawing all these difficult objects (planes, buildings, cars, semi trucks – all my least favorite topics squeezed into a single image).

The illustration below was for a children’s version of a large national magazine. This was to accompany a short article about ‘different occupations’.


The ‘medals of valor’ illustration above was for a catholic magazine in November. Below is a rather strange illustration for another of my children’s magazine clients. A rare chance to draw a portrait of Britney Spears combined with floating heads of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and other various historic figures (I forget who the rest of them were). I really don’t remember what this drawing was about, and it is probably just as well (I think she’s supposed to be ‘juggling’ the heads).


The above illustration was for my east coast newspaper client, and was about preparing for Thanksgiving. I see I’ve included my cat Ripley in this one (don’t know who the dog is, but it is unusual for me not to have included my own dog).
Below is another illustration I don’t quite remember all that clearly, other than the fact that it was for a jesuit publication.

Spot Series

Christian Home & School, Consumer Reports

For a consumer advice magazine, I had a series of three ‘bear’ spots in June. I used to do a lot of work for this magazine’s ‘kid version’, but once that went out of business, I had a few assignments for the grown up version of the magazine for a short while, before the work gradually petered out.

Another ‘series of spots’ this month was for a local christian parenting magazine. These I finished in a little different style, usuing oil pastels to achieve a sort of ‘painterly quality’. I see I’m still overusing that same purple background color that I seem to be stuck on all during 2001, but here it seems to work a little better.

Atypical Experiments

Carus Publishing, ChronicleHE, Cobblestone, Consumer Reports, Newsday, Zillions


The above illustration was for a special millage section of an east coast newspaper. I used a mix of styles for this one, watercolors and colored pencils done in a sketchy manner much like my early pastel work. I’ve gone back to this ‘dollar sign road design’ concept on more than one occasion over the years.

Below is a puzzle illustration for the children’s version of a major national consumer advocate magazine. Mostly an anagram puzzle based on recent movie titles. The style is a combination of my usual cartoon style, with some more attention paid to details in the marquee and neon.


Another puzzle page for the same magazine is pictured above. This was a rather fun project and concept. You are supposed to look at the ‘snapshots’ below and figure out which character is taking the picture based on their location and clues in the photographs.

The illustration above was for another children’s magazine, and was a floor plan of the White House when it was first built. There were a few other ‘interior’ illustrations for this project that I didn’t bother to include here, as they weren’t particularly interesting (a dining room table and fireplace).

The above illustration was for my educational publication client. I don’t remember exactly what it was about.

Cartoons Cartoons Cartoons Part 1

Consumer Reports, Zillions


I had a series of spot cartoons for my children’s magazine client in May. This was a children’s version of a well known national consumer’s advocate magazine. The magazine would soon fold, and I would have a smattering of assignments for the ‘grown up’ version of the magazine for a while, but eventually the work dried up. I had been doing work for this client since the early to mid nineties, and always had a lot of fun with these projects.
In addition to the two ‘puzzle’ illustrations for this client during May (seen in another posting), I also had this series of spots regarding ‘summer jobs’. There seemed to be three different types of spots for this project. First, there was the ‘job’ illustrations (the ‘feeding fish’ illustration above, the ‘babysitting’ illustration below, the ‘delivering groceries’ illustration below, and these seemed to have a certain amount of blank background color, presumably for text to overlay. Then, there were ‘what not to do’ type of illustrations, that involved a rare instance of ‘word balloons’ in my drawings (the ‘bad babysitter’, the ‘untidy worker’, the ‘bad timing’ kid, the ‘forgot to mow the lawn’ kid, the ‘cheapskate’ kid). Then, there were a few spots a little different in size that seemed to be showing poor judgement regarding ‘location’ (car wash & lemonade stand, below). I’ve reproduced a few of these spots a little larger to show the detail better.

continued in ‘cartoons cartoons cartoons part two’