Legal Times asked me to do a ‘queen of hearts’ illustration ala ‘alice’ this month, and I jumped at the chance to do a parody of one of my favorite illustrators from WAY back, Sir John Tenniel. I enjoy these ‘style parody’ assignments, as it is a good chance to dissect how another artist works. I even parodied his distinctive signature, modifying it slightly so that it made a ‘TF’. I probably should have used a crow quill pen instead of a rapideograph in order to be more authentic, but, like Charlie Brown, I’ve always had a hard time controlling the ink flow with one of those things.
Also this month, I had the first of two ‘cartoon book’ projects in ’94 that I regretting taking on even before I was halfway through the drawings. These were for Dove Audio, a publishing firm out west, and the book was to be one of those ‘dead cat’ type jokebooks featuring Barney the Dinosaur. At first the job sounded intrigueing, but once I signed on, and the ‘concepts’ starting coming in from the author, I started to have my doubts. Not a good sign when you are working on a humor book that you just don’t find funny. A lot of the humor was of the ‘name dropping’ sort, references to Michael Jackson, Lorena Bobbit, etc. Still available used for mere pennies on Amazon, but is frankly, still overpriced. ADDENDUM: (2018): I got on a kick to rebuild my ‘samples library’, and since I’d never actually seen the finished book (either this one or the sequel, “Final Exit for Lawyers”), I ended up buying them used on Ebay for a couple bucks each. I was expecting them to be pretty horrible looking, and embarrassing, and I wasn’t disappointed.
Also this month, gained a few more new clients, Sports Affield magazine, and the Recorder (a legal magazine on the west coast affiliated with Legal Times).