After a year in business, I was starting to get a little less scattergun in approach, and was starting to get an inkling of an idea of what kind of artwork was grabbing attention. I began pushing the scratchboard work a bit more prominently, as it seemed to have an appeal towards clients who published in black and white, because it reproduced well. This portrait image I printed up on some off-white card stock and mailed out about 500 in the spring of ’90.
This was one of the first illustration assignments I got from Oxendine Publishing, a college magazine client from Florida. I would go on to do steady work for this client for over a decade, and is one of the rare clients that I got to actually meet face to face, when, years later he was in the Grand Rapids area and stopped by for a visit.