Cartoons in May

Gemini Publications, Rapport

I had a trio of cartoons this month for a new west coast client, Rapport magazine. This was for a magazine and a new online version of their publication which was to launch in a few months. The above illustration was to be for the website, and the browser would presumably click on the different ‘billboards’ to navigate around the site. The ‘rich folks’ to the left and the ‘media user’ below to the right were also parts of the same assignment, however I’m not sure if these were for a web site, or for publication.

I also had a couple black and white cartoon assignments from Gemini Publications (Grand Rapids Magazine) this month. One of them on ‘caring for sick kids’ and another on ‘college funds’.

Strides and Stumbles

Farmers Association, Recorder

I had a couple of full page color assignments from The Recorder magazine this month, the first assignments from this client, which started a relationship that lasted for a couple years of fairly steady work. This client was affiliated with Legal Times, a newspaper client that I had been working for since the early nineties, but only started contacting me once I started working digitally (probably due to the ease of transferring files across the country). The above illustration was a caricature of Bill Gates, which was a lot of fun, even though I probably wouldn’t mix the styles like this these days. I also made a boo boo on the original illustration (which found its way to print) where I had put his hands on backwards, with the thumbs pointing in the wrong directions. I subsequently revised the illustration for later self promotion usage, but it was still an embarassing moment.

The illustration below was another for the same client, and while it was a challenge, I didn’t quite enjoy the end product nearly as well. Something about figures and people are much more interesting to me than buildings and objects.

And while I was making big strides with assignments like those above, I still had occasional stumbles like the mess to the left. This was for a midwest farmers association. I was given this incredibly awkward concept from the client, and it is obvious that my heart really wasn’t in this one. Digging through the archives, I’ve found quite a few illustrations of mine that surprise me with a certain naivete, and others that betray a lack of skill, but this is one that really makes me cringe on several levels. Thankfully these are few and far between, but I suspect they will only get worse the further back I go.

May Scratchings

ChronicleHE, Newsday

The above ‘Seinfeld’ caricature was for Newsday to accompany an article about the show’s final episode. Around this time, caricature assignments were rather few and far between, so I took the opportunity to have fun with it.

The illustration to the left was for the Chronicle of Higher Education, and probably had something to do with labor negotiations.

The illustration above and below were both for Newsday, both ‘same day’ assignments, and I remember being quite pleased with how both of these turned out. Looking back at them from ten years on, I can see some things I would do differently today, but I still think they hold up pretty well.

The ‘copy machine guru’ illustration to the right was for the Chronicle of Higher Education. I don’t quite remember the story behind this one. Below is a story on ‘big tobacco’ for Legal Times. I seem to remember this one getting some reprint interest a month or so later, oddly enough, as I wasn’t all that blown away by it. Shows what I know.

The ‘Clinton fixing leaks’ illustration below was another for the same client. I had a hard time capturing Bill’s likeness all the way through his presidency, even though I had plenty of opportunities to practice it. I only think I got good at him in the one illustration I did of him long after he left office. Oddly enough, I ended up doing a very similar illustration of George Bush nearly 8 years later (in the basement, fixing leaks).