Color Scratchings

Bose Corporation, ChronicleHE, Interpreter, Newsday


The color scratchboards this month were a mixed bag. The simpler ones continue to be quite nice, but the more space I am given and the more detail I clutter them with, the less effective they seem to be. The illustration above was for an educational publication. I imagine it had something to do with library research, but other than that I don’t quite remember.

I have a number of illustrations this month for my east coast legal newspaper, but half of them were actually for the month of March, and I overlooked them on the first go-round. The ‘revolving door’ illustration to the left was one of these, as well as the ‘art gallery/blueprint’ illustration pictured below right, neither of which I remember the story behind, but both good examples of how a ‘simpler’ illustration seems to be much more effective in this style, while the ‘book archaologists’ above seems a bit cluttered and overworked.

The ‘genie computer’ illustration below and to the left was another for the same client, either in February or March of this year. Funny how quickly these ‘computer’ illustrations are already looking pretty dated with only 8 years gone by.

The illustration below was another color piece for my east coast newspaper client. This one probably had something to do with family finances, or something of the sort. My memory seems to be failing me on a lot of these illustrations the further back in the archives I go.

This illustration to the left was another for the same client, and another good example of how much better I was at this time with handling small spots, as opposed to larger illustrations (like above), especially around this time (I seem to have gotten a little better at handling them these days, but they still intimidate).

The above illustration was for a midwest evangelical magazine, and concerned an abusive parent or coach and a young fellow trying to be a fair referee at a high school football game.

The previous summer, I had a series of illustrations for a corporate client, in which I was asked to draw some children playing on musical staves as if they were playground equipment. I was approached this spring to combine a number of these illustrations into a single stave (pictured below).

Cartoons in July

Carus Publishing, Cobblestone, Consumer Reports, Gemini Publications, Interpreter, Zillions


The above cartoon was for a new client in July, an east coast magazine, and concerned the ‘health care burden’ weighing down the U.S. citizenry. A bit time consuming, but I usually like the challenge of trying to fit in a lot of elements into an illustration.

The ‘church spots’ to the left and below were all for a midwest evangelical publication. The ‘checkup’ illustration was a bit larger than the rest, but I’ve made them all the same size here for this posting.


I also had a caricature this month for the newsletter of a local christian musician. I had done another one for a previous issue, and also had done some artwork for a cd cover for this same client. I wasn’t crazy about how this one turned out. I’m never very comfortable working in this extreme ‘big head’ style of caricature. It seems cliched and goofy to me, and always feels very awkward while I’m working on it.

Below is a ‘puzzle illustration’ that I did this month for one of my children’s magazine clients. This one probably had a series of garbled communications going into the ‘speech balloons’ that the reader is supposed to decifer.


The above illustration was another ‘pueblo’ drawing for the same issue of a children’s magazine that featured some other illustrations pictured in other postings this month. They were all done in different styles since they would appear in various places throughout the magazine and they didn’t want it to look like they used the same illustrator for all the assignments.

To the right and below are a few cartoons for a local regional magazine (I believe my wife was still working at this publication around this time). I was regularly contributing to a humor column in the ‘city magazine’ and assorted columns in the same company’s ‘parenting’ magazine.


Above is another ‘puzzle page’ illustration for the same children’s magazine as the ‘phone conversation’ puzzle. This one you were supposed to figure out who the folders belonged to based on clues pasted to each. I’ll be darned if I can remember the answers to any of them.

Cartoon Cavalcade

Gemini Publications, Interpreter, Newsday, Oxendine


The above illustration was for Gemini Publications (Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Parent), and accompanied a humor article about travel. The illustration to the left and below were probably related in some way (due to the scrolls), but other than that, I forget which client they were for or what they were even about.
Oxendine Publishing (Student Leader) had a batch of small ‘factoid’ cartoons for me this month on the usual smorgasborg of topics. At this point, I’ve switched over from a more ‘experimental style’ with these that I had toyed with earlier in the year to a more reasonable ‘cartoon style’, but I see that I’m still jam packing them full of detail and shading that I would eventually discard due to time and budget restraints.


I also had the usual gamut of ‘lifestyle/relationship’ type illustrations in this style over the course of December for different clients. Above, a piece on ‘busy moms’ for Newsday, and to the right an illustration on ‘money and relationships’ for Gemini. Below is another one for the same local client, this one on ‘dating’. The illustration below that was for The Interpretor, although, for the life of me, I can’t remember what it was about.

September Funnies

Carus Publishing, Cobblestone, Gemini Publications, Interpreter


The above ‘puzzle page’ illustration was for Oddysey (Cobblestone) during the month of September. The idea was to rearrange the photos so that the story is in chronological order, based on clues within the photos.

The illustration below was another for the same client, but one of these was actually from October, only I missed it when researching that month.


The cartoon above and the one below were both for Gemini Publications (Grand Rapids Magazine) this month. One of them was about home improvements (and this one could almost be a self portrait, as daunted as I am by ‘fix it’ projects), and the other one was about prom dresses, if memory serves.


The illustration above and the three spots below were all for Interpretor in September. I’m frankly amazed, looking at the illustration above, that I spent so much time on all the faces in the congregation. I’m not sure that mixing the two styles was such a good idea.

July Cartoons

Gemini Publications, Interpreter, Metro Detroit Parent

The illustration to the left was for Gemini Publications (Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Parent & Grand Rapids Business Journal). Below are a series of ‘paper doll’ illustrations for my agent, for Metro Parent magazine out of Detroit — something to do with various kids’ activities. This was a fun project, because I wanted to make these ‘paper dolls’ so they could actually be cut out and used, if the reader wanted to. The tricky part was coming up with a pose that could accomodate each of these different activities.

I also had a few cartoon spots for Interpretor magazine. One of them had to do with a ‘roller skating minister’, and the other was something to do with ‘meeting your flock’.