Moving into my fourth year of working for Alfred Hitchcock, and I’m starting to get a little more comfortable in the scratchboard medium (not really accomplished at it, but working with my shortcomings to provide more of a ‘stylistic approach’). This was my twenty third assignment, and thanks to Bruce Harris of New Jersey for kindly sharing with me several samples of my early illustrations from his large AHMM collection. (posting this in 2018, and seeing many of these for the first time in almost three decades)
This illustration was for the American Medical Association, about treating alcoholism. The original artwork has since been misplaced, but I found this copy in one of the mailers that I sent out the following year.
I also had a few other new clients this month of a ‘mouthpiece’ nature. I did a piece on baseball superstitions for the Lions Club magazine (I don’t remember this one AT ALL), and I got a spot assignment for the ABA Banking Journal.
In April of ’92 I had my third book assignment from Eerdmans Publishing. This was an ‘earth friendly’ kids book from a christian perspective (cherishing and honoring god’s creation etc, as opposed to just keeping the planet clean for its own sake, and for the future of the human race), paperback, with a color cover and back cover illustration and a whole bunch of inside spots, all done in a loose cartoon style (that was still rather primitive looking at this early stage in my career). The color illustration from the back cover is pictured below. (all the original art has been lost, so these have all been taken from a printed copy)
The book was laid out in a faux ‘newspaper style’ with articles and headlines and little factoids sprinkled around. Most of the illustrations inside were black and white line drawings with spot color added. I remember going in to see the designer, and her having a fondness for my ‘rats’ (which I used as a continuing motif throughout the book), and her having little cut out snippets of them sprinkled all over her desk (this was back in the days of ‘paste up’ before computer aided design).
I’m not going to bother sharing all the illustrations, as they were rather repetitive and very crudely drawn, but I’ll share a sampling of them to give you an idea of what the interior was like.
Also this month, I had a couple book cover assignments for Baker Book House. One was a caricature grouping for the cover of a book entitled 6000 Sermon illustrations (still available used on Amazon link here), and another was for the cover of a trade catalog. I found an image of the book cover online (pictured left), and I may or may not still have the original art for the trade catalog cover which I may post at a later date. I also had a pastel cover assignment from David C. Cook Publishing out of Colorado, but my records are spotty on this one, and don’t know the name of the book.