Had a book project this month for a fairly well known children’s author. This was for a series of ‘young reader vocabularly’ paperbacks, and was technically a job through my agent (for Quarasan Publishing), although the job actually came about through some networking that my brother did in Chicago, through a restaurant he was working in at the time (where he met the author). None of the original art was returned at the end of the project, and the only original I have from the book was an early sample version that I had done that never got used (the ‘bathroom scene’ below). The rest of the samples posted here are scans made from a complimentary copy of the book I have from my collection.
Used copies of the book can still be found on Amazon for very reasonable rates (link here)
More publishing work this year from the client who ‘flew me out for a consult’, and my clients remained mostly steady, some falling by the wayside for one reason or another, and others stepping up to take their place. I seemed to hit a plateau this year salary wise, and wouldn’t see a major upswing until I started going digital in the late 90s. One new client this year who would go on to be steady work for the next 15 years would be the Long Island newspaper ‘Newsday’.
My son would have been 5-6 years old this year. We took a backpacking trip to Isle Royale this summer and saw quite a few moose (this would probably be the beginning of our ‘backpacking’ years).
In 1995, I did about half the volume as the previous year, with 398 illustrations, bringing my 6 year tally up to 2, 654 illustrations.
The further back in the archives I dig, the less I seem to remember. A little more artwork survived from ’95 than did ’96, but it probably helps that I was doing a bit more publishing work, and have a few more of the printed samples still lying around. For what it’s worth, here’s what I consider the best work of ’95 (that i can find)