Good Old Caduceus

Barrons, Chicago Magazine, ChronicleHE, New York Newsday, WSJ

If there this one guarantee when you enter into the freelance illustration business, it is that you will be dealing in a lot of visual cliches. Yesterday had another crack at drawing a caduceus for Barrons, and I’ve done plenty over the past 27 plus years. Like their good friends: Uncle Sam, Lady Justice, the Top Hatted Millionaire, the Cap and Gown Graduate, The Bear and the Bull, and too many others to mention, they pop up again and again. Below, I’ve collected a sampling of caduceus illustrations from other clients¬†(Wall Street Journal, Newsday, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Chicago Magazine, among others)¬†just for fun.

Late November and Winter is Closing In

ChronicleHE, WSJ

After a trip to Germany in the early part of the month, arrived home to a few projects that almost felt like ‘old times’, a series of spots for the Wall Street Journal (pictured below) and an updated version of an old illustration for the Chronicle of Higher Education (pictured above – they had an older small black and white illustration that I did probably in 2005 that seemed to fit the story, and originally wanted to reprint it, but I was unable to make that work, so revised with some new artwork). Nearing Thanksgiving now, and I’ve just started work on sketches for a new book project, and am contemplating doing something radically different with my self-promotion in the coming year (more details on this to come).

Dow Jones Work

Barrons, WSJ

Here’s a few pieces I did for Dow Jones over the past few weeks. The one above was for Barrons, and the one below was a series of spots for the WSJ. Also currently working on a few book projects, that will, for now, have to remain under wraps. My band is also in the home stretch on their third CD which we hope to release in June, so I’ve been spending most of my little remaining free time working on mixing, mastering and package design (which I’ll post as soon as it becomes finalized).

Checking In…


Haven’t posted for a while. Been busy with a few book projects that will have to remain under wraps for the time being, but I’ll share them in the future. Finished up a couple magazine/newspaper projects over the past week, the one above was finished up today, and was for Litigation Magazine for the ABA, and the one below was one I did last week for the Wall Street Journal. Both with a lot more text than I’m used to dealing with. (I still have nightmares about my old ‘typesetting days’ back in the eighties, and having jobs fall apart because of the stray typo)

Oscar Poster

AHMM, Oscar Poster, WSJ

Well, it’s that time of year again. Each year, my brother throws an ‘Oscar Party’ at his restaurant in Chicago, and for the past 11 years I’ve done a commemorative caricature poster to give to him. Two weeks until deadline, and I had some free time today, so I took the opportunity to finish this one up. Usually I have some favorites that I make more prominent than others, but this year I just don’t have a horse in this race, so I arranged them fairly conservatively with relation to each other (‘best actor nominees’ on the top row, ‘best actress nominees’ on the next row, and the supporting actors and actresses crammed into the bottom third along with a few ‘best picture’ and ‘best animated feature’ nominees that didn’t have any actors singled out). I think the most challenging one this year was Julianne Moore, with Edward Norton a close second. I’ve done Meryl Streep so often over the past decade, that I don’t even need to work from a reference photo anymore (other than for a costume or makeup). You can see the previous ten posters in this series in this gallery.

Meanwhile I also had a few illustrations I finished up for the WSJ and for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine last weekend, and they can be seen by clicking on the thumbnail links below.