Going Batty (First Cricket Cover)

Christianity Today, Cricket

After 6 years of doing inside story work for Cricket magazine, I finally got a cover shot for them early in ’95. An interesting layout, but I’m not crazy about the technique I used. I tried to mix acrylic paints and scratchboard as a way of showing some depth of field and lighten up the colors for a brighter cover (despite the night-time scene). I continued regularly contributing to the inside of the magazine for several years afterwards and got another chance at a cover assignment over ten years later (I think I did much better the second time).

I also had a trio of spots this month for Marriage Partnership (Christianity Today). These were a semi-regular affair, and usually involved stories related to ‘men’s lifestyles’. The top one was something to do with a survey of women who would prefer a husband who looks like Danny DeVito but who does the dishes, over a man who looks like Robert Redford. I forget the topics of the other two. These were a little different in style from either my usual scratchboard, or cartoon style, I guess you would call this my ‘fallback caricature style’, almost cartoon, but a bit more refined and controlled. (and done with a rapideograph pen as opposed to the brush and ink I used in the cartoons)


Christianity Today, CRC

The above illustration for the Christian Reformed Church was for a magazine article, something about ‘seeing through the fog’, if I remember correctly. I had done a few acrylics before, mostly as self promo pieces, trying to sell a new style that was similar to the light pastel look, but more durable for mailing. This was one of the earlier paying jobs with this style though. I ended up taking this painting with me to Minnesota the following summer to sell the idea of doing the next book project in acrylics.

I also had another batch of small black and white spot illustrations for Marriage Partnership (Christianity Today) this month. I don’t quite remember the specific topics, but this was usually for a ‘men’s issues’ column that I contributed to for a couple of years.

Spring Spots

Christianity Today

These spots were for a regular column I was illustrating for Marriage Partnership magazine (Christianity Today). These went with small ‘factoids’ geared towards their male readers, and since the invoices don’t always give me enough of a description to pinpoint when specific spots were published, I’m just guessing on which to include here by way of example. These may have been from ’94, or they very well may have been from ’93 or ’92.

I’ve decided to bunch them all together here in this post rather than spread them out month by month. I had spot assignments (usually 3 at a time) from this client in May, in March, and in January, and they can all be found here.

Also this month, I got a first assignment from Sign of the Times magazine, another evangelical publication out in Idaho. They would go on to be an infrequent regular during the mid to late 90s.

I’m not sure why I chose to use this unusual style for these spots, perhaps it was because the first assignment I had for them was a caricature assignment, and I just naturally stuck with it on subsequent jobs. These were done with a rapideograph, my art tool of choice back in my ‘graphic art’ days in the 80s.

Seeing Spots

Christianity Today

These small black and white spot illustrations were part of an ongoing regular gig that I did for Marriage Partnership Magazine (Christianity Today) throughout the early 90s. Records are fairly sketchy concerning when each particular spot ran, but I have a pretty good idea that the spots pictured here in this post were from ’92 at various times during the year.

Can Drive and a Rash of New Clients

Christianity Today

This was a greyscale image that I did for Marriage Partnership Magazine (Christianity Today). This was one of those rare occasions that I used my more traditional ‘cartoon style’ for this client, otherwise sticking to a modified ‘caricature style’ in pen and ink. This one was regarding a ‘can drive’ put on by a library.

Also this month I gained a few more new clients. These would prove to be some nice repeat customers for me over the coming years. One of them was Zillions magazine, a children’s version of Consumer Reports who gave me a nice big job consisting of 15 spot illustrations (which don’t survive, unfortunately). The other magazine client was Home Office Computing. The job description in my records doesn’t ring a bell, and the artwork is long since gone.