One of my earliest clients was Gemini Publications, a local magazine publisher who put out Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Parent and Grand Rapids Business Journal. I don’t have very good records as to when any of these illustrations actually ran, but I can guess based on the style and narrow it down to certain periods of time. I’m guessing most of the pieces in this posting were done for this client sometime in the middle to late 90s.
I usually only did cartoon work for this client, and I tried to avoid doing scratchboard for them, because I couldn’t justify the pay rates with the extra amount of time it took to draw in that style, not to mention the cost of materials. I did, however, occasionally work in that format if I felt I could afford to spend the time on it. The illustration below is one of those rare instances.
I ran across this assignment for St Mary’s Press in my invoices, and I barely remember this project. This was a series of probably about 10 illustrations, all black and white and all scratchboard. Apparently not an important enough title to fly me out to Minnesota to discuss, as this one was handled over the phone and fax machine. I don’t remember any of the illustrations, but I found an image online of the book cover, and it is available used for very reasonable rates on Amazon (link here)
ADDENDUM: I think I’ve found one of the originals for this project while looking through the archives for something else. (a pictured below)
Also this month, I did my first assignment for the American Bar Association out of Chicago. They would continue to be a steady client to the present day. The original art for this first project hasn’t survived, unfortunately.