Sometime in either late ’94 or early ’95 I began playing around with the idea of advertising online with a website of samples. Previously, I had been keeping a couple ‘traveling portfolios’ that I would send out to clients (and sometimes get back), and I thought it might be an easier way to let clients see my work. I can’t imagine what may have been posted on this early web site, as anything that would appear there would be scanned artwork, and the fact that I had used AOL as the hosting site shows how little I knew of web design and marketing at the time. A few years later we eventually bought our own domain name and hosting sites, which worked out a lot better. This was the first postcard announcing the web site. It may have been included with another package, but I don’t quite remember.
UPDATE: Thanks to the magic of the Internet Archive Wayback Machine you can now look at old versions of websites from the past, and aside from the fact that the samples and artwork links are all dead, you see a rough idea of what my website looked like back in the early early days.
I had one of my biggest ‘textbook’ assignments in the summer, that required that I fly out to the publisher’s offices for a ‘consult’ (first and last time this ever happened). In looking over my invoices, I also had a few large projects that have simply disappeared because the artwork was never returned (and I barely even remember working on them). Started picking up a smattering of national advertising clients, including Ball Advertising out of Pennsylvania as well as more ‘children’s publication’ clients and ‘religious publication’ clients (who seemed to be my ‘bread and butter’ clients during the mid-90s).
My son would have been 4-5 years old this year, probably just starting preschool or kindergarten. My wife still working for my former employer (although starting to look elsewhere, thinking that she’d like to go to part time and to be home and more active in my son’s school activities)
1994 was the ‘high water mark’ of my ‘traditional media’ years, where I completed approximately 751 illustrations, bringing the total since 1989 to 2,256 illustrations.
Kind of hard to pick ‘the best’ from this year, as so little has survived. Anyhow, these are what I consider ‘the best’ works I did in ’94: