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).

August Scratchboards

ABA, Bose Corporation, Carus Publishing, ChronicleHE, Clubhouse, Innovision


I had another series of illustrations this month for my west coast magazine client. These were usually made up of one larger color illustration followed by a series of smaller black and white spots on a similar theme. The topic this month was creativity (if I remember correctly).


I had an assignment from a children’s lit magazine this month. This trio of illustrations was to accompany a story about a long time relationship between a teacher and a troubled student (tied together with a ‘basketball’ theme).


Also this month, for a different children’s magazine client I had a couple illustrations depicting the childhood of a famous revolutionary war figure (I don’t remember exactly which one – Benedict Arnold perhaps?)

Below is a ‘real estate’ illustration for a midwest legal magazine, and below that is a ‘computer’ illustration for my educational publication client. I don’t quite remember the story behind either one of these illustrations.


The illustration to the left was another for the same midwest legal magazine client. Not my favorite subject to draw (modern buildings), and it shows.

Below are a few ‘tail end’ assignments for a national corporate client’s project that I started the previous month. These were all images of kids messing around on oversized musical staves and notations. I wasn’t too crazy about the concept but tried to do my best with it.

Plate Tectonics

Bose Corporation, Carus Publishing, Cobblestone


I had an assignment this month from one of my children’s magazine clients regarding ‘plate tectonics’, and there were several illustrations on various aspects of this topic sprinkled throughout the issue. (I think I erroneously posted one of them in July of ’99). The above illustration opened the discussion by mentioning how early mountaineers were puzzled by the fact that there were fossils of ocean life found at the tops of the highest mountain peaks (and was explained at the time by ‘noah’s flood’).

The illustration below was another on the same topic, and shows an experiment involving two books and a piece of fabric as a way of showing how mountains are formed.

The illustration to the left was to show how the ‘India Plate’ has moved over the millenia, thus pushing up the himilayan mountain range.

Also this month, I had an assignment from a corporate client involving music education for children, and they wanted a series of illustrations of kids playing on music staves in different ways. I don’t remember if these concepts were provided for me, or if I came up with the different ideas. There would follow a few additional illustrations the next month, and the following spring I would be asked to combine a few of them into one long stave.