The above illustration (and one of the rare times I’ve done a likeness of Ronald Reagan) was for Legal Times in July. I also had a series of small ‘president head’ spots for Cobblestone Publishing. They wanted to dress up the rather stale portraits with something a bit more ‘energetic’, so I played around with some design elements to try and jazz them up a bit. The ‘design elements’ were then used by themselves with a big question mark in the middle for a quiz, something along the lines of ‘name that president’. A bit out of character for me, and something I rarely ever did again, but anyways, the portraits came out pretty nice (and I saved another version of each president’s head as a black and white version without all the window dressing).
And, while strictly not a ‘president’, but more along the lines of a ‘king’, I had the following quickie cartoon for Grand Rapids Magazine (I don’t remember the gist of the article, though).
The illustration to the left was for Gemini Publications (Grand Rapids Magazine, Grand Rapids Parent & Grand Rapids Business Journal). Below are a series of ‘paper doll’ illustrations for my agent, for Metro Parent magazine out of Detroit — something to do with various kids’ activities. This was a fun project, because I wanted to make these ‘paper dolls’ so they could actually be cut out and used, if the reader wanted to. The tricky part was coming up with a pose that could accomodate each of these different activities.
I also had a few cartoon spots for Interpretor magazine. One of them had to do with a ‘roller skating minister’, and the other was something to do with ‘meeting your flock’.
After only sharing a handful of samples from each book, I’m going back and posting each collection in its entirety for the first time since publication (writing this in 2018). There were three ‘Time and Money’ books (grades 1, 2 & 3) that I did in 1998, and these were the first assignments I had for Instructional Fair. The ‘coins’ and ‘bills’ in these books I did not, however, draw – for some reason they provided me with approved depictions of these things which I had to incorporate into my layouts.
The above ‘occupation pyramid’ illustration was for Legal Times. I notice that I stuck a self portrait in the second tier. The illustration to the left was for the Chronicle of Higher Education, as was the ‘mortarboard boats’ illustration below.
The illustration to the left, about ‘open debates’ was for Newsday, as was the rather strange illustration below. I think this one had something to do with unscrupulous phone companies switching carriers on unsuspecting long distance customers. I went a little overboard with the special effects on this one. One thing I eventually learned from this intoxicating first year of illustrating digitally, was to avoid using all the bells and whistles, and to stick to learning to draw better.
After only sharing a handful of samples from each book, I’m going back and posting each collection in its entirety for the first time since publication (writing this in 2018). There were three ‘Time and Money’ books (grades 1, 2 & 3) that I did in 1998, and this was the 2nd of them (and not quite as labor intensive as subsequent books would be).