The Good and the Not So Good

Carus Publishing, ChronicleHE, National Business Employment Weekly, Newsday


The above illustration was a cover assignment for the Chronicle of Higher Education. This was on the topic of ‘Incivility’ and I was pretty much given free reign to come up with what I wanted on this one. A departure for me to do something less ‘structured’ and ‘concrete’, and I must say I’m still pretty happy with how this one looks, even nearly 10 years after I originally did it. Wish I could say the same for most of the rest of the work I’ve been digging up from this period.

The illustration to the right was for Footsteps (Cobblestone) and dealt with ‘black sea chanties’. Not too bad, at least I kept it simple. The illustration below, however is one that really makes me cringe. I really should have tried something a bit simpler to get across the ‘balloon’ idea, the excessive linework just gets in the way. The illustration below that, of the ‘tire pump’ was a small accompanying spot, and was much more successful than the larger cover illo. These were both for National Business Employment Weekly.


I had two assignments for Legal Times this month, both featuring President Clinton. Neither of them captured a good likeness. I’m not sure if I ever did a decent caricature of this guy the entire time he was in office, and only finally ‘nailed’ him a couple years after he left. Both of these illustrations are fairly cringe-worthy, both in the execution and the layout, not to mention how I was hampered with strange concepts from the starting gate.


The above illustration was a ‘same day’ editorial piece for Newsday. This one probably dealing with the Bosnia situation.

BW Scratchboards Part 1

ABA, ChronicleHE, Legal Times, National Business Employment Weekly


The illustration above and the illustration below were both for Legal Times in December. I don’t quite remember the story behind the ‘homeless man’ illustration, although I do remember getting a rare piece of fan mail because of it. The illustration below was about the D.C. Police force.


The illustration above featuring Janet Reno was another for the same client this month. The request for this one was to try and emulate one of the engraved illustrations in an old Dickens book. The illustration below was for the Chronicle of Higher Education, and I don’t quite remember what this one was about.


The illustration above was for the American Bar Association, and the illustration below was for National Business Employment Weekly.

October Scratchboards

ChronicleHE, Gemini Publications, Legal Times, National Business Employment Weekly, Newsday


2nd month of digital work, and still getting used to the new materials. The above illustration was for the National Business Employment Weekly, who kept me fairly busy over the next year, but unfortunately folded near the end of ’98.

The illustrations to the left and right were bookend drawings for an article on race relations for Grand Rapids Magazine. I usually provided cartoon work for this client, but they wanted to try something a little harder edged for this particular story.

I had a few illustrations this month for the Chronicle of Higher Education. The ‘pegboard’ illustration, the ‘SAT’ illustration and the ‘dollar sword’ below that were all for this client during the month of October.

I also had a small logo design project for a local comedy troupe. I seem to remember this was a job that came to me through Grand Rapids Magazine, where my wife worked at the time.

I also had a couple illustrations for Newsday. One of them a ‘militia man’ illustration, and the other a same day editorial piece on the ‘promise keepers’.

And finally, for Legal Times, I had a caricature of Bill Clinton (and not a particularly good one). This one seems to be a strange hybrid between my scratchboard and cartoon styles.

Early Digital Scratchboard

ChronicleHE, Legal Times, National Business Employment Weekly, Newsday


The ‘sadist policeman’ illustration above was one of the first digital illustrations that I did for Newsday. These assignments were usually same day affairs, with a call sometime before noon, and the finish due sometime by the end of the day. The way we worked it previously, I would send a sketch via fax, and then send the finish via fax as well. I would drive down to the copy shop to enlarge the artwork as much as possible, since I knew that the resolution on the fax machine would no doubt muddy up my artwork. What a relief to now send finals, in clear crisp resolution, as digital files via email now. It made working for this client so much easier in a single bold stroke. The ‘cubicle’ illustration below is another for the same client this month.

I had my first assignment for National Business Employment Weekly this month The story was about retirees who don’t want to go easily into retirement (my mother is one of those people). I enjoyed one of my alternate sketches for this one so much, that I finished it up a couple months later for the reprint market (see the posting in February of ’98)


This ‘militia man’ illustration was for the Chronicle of Higher Education, and was one of the earliest digital pieces that I did for this long time client. This illustration probably went with the ‘modern militia man’ that I erroneously posted in October’s scratchboard illustrations, as a bookend type illustration for a two page spread.

I also had a ‘footnotes’ illustration for the same client this month, where I first tried using scanned type as part of an illustration. The illustration below that was an early digital illustration for Legal Times. I also had a couple color assignments from them this month, that I’ll be posting in another entry.