Around this time, I started working with the Christian Reformed Church in illustrating their school curriculum booklets. This was an ongoing project that lasted for several years, in an on-again, off-again basis. Usually these came in bundles of anywhere from 5 to 25 illustrations at a time, and were in many different styles and formats. This particular one appears to be some sort of writing/drawing activity, filling in the blanks in the story. The purple background wasn’t part of my original illustration, but it appears that the designer used scizzors to cut out my art and paste it to a piece of purple construction paper.
The middle east map below was another one from this same early batch of illustrations.
These two samples were for the Christian Reformed Church’s ongoing curriculum project. I did a mountain of work for this client from 1992 through 2002, most of it not worth sharing, but I suppose it gave me a lot of work experience and practice in various mediums for a client that was, for the most part, very easy to work for.
Presumably in a fit of nostalgia, after two years of pushing the envelope with regards to style for the annual xmas party invite, I went back to the original style of black and white printed on red astrobrite paper. These annual xmas party invites (which ran from 1984-1995) were thought lost, until I discovered a stash of them in my father’s keepsake drawer in 2014 when he passed away.
It is interesting, since so much of my work from these early years has either been lost or destroyed, to go back and see the evolution of my style based on these personal pieces. This is very much in the style of the spot illustrations I was doing for Christianity Today around this time.