Pink Lemonade – First Children’s Book Assignment


This book of children’s poems, translated from the Dutch, I illustrated for Eerdman’s Publishing in late ’91. For many of my relatives, this is the one thing they know about my work, even 15 years later. I’m known as the ‘children’s book illustrator’, even though I have only done maybe 5 or 6 children’s books over my 20 year career, none of them particularly successful. The interior of this book was all black and white line art, mostly in a crosshatch style that I eventually abandoned, and the cover was a combination of line art and watercolor. The book is still available used for reasonable rates at Amazon (link here).

My one regret, is that at the end of the project, the art director asked me if I wanted all the artwork back, and I, in typical ‘who gives a shit’ fashion, shrugged it off with a ‘no’. Fifteen years later, I got a request from a fan in Holland, who wanted to buy original art, and unfortunately, I only had a single piece available that I had hung on to out of sentimental value. I contacted the publisher to see if maybe the art wasn’t still cluttering up some drawer somewhere, but it had long since been tossed. Nothing remains from this project aside from a single ‘demo’ illustration similar to the giraffe below.

My son was about 2 when this book was completed, so I snuck a few drawings of him into the cover, and into the ‘parade’ illustration on the inside endpapers.

Another nice project that came my way in October of ’91 was a full page caricature illustration of the Supreme Court for an east coast design firm, which appeared in a paid newspaper ad in USA Today. I held on to a nice PMT of this art (since the original was never returned) for several years, but it seems to have eventually disappeared.


Self Promotion

I printed up a smallish order of magnetic business cards and sent them out with a brochure sometime in ’91 (judging from the phone number). I don’t believe I sent out much more than 250 of these things.