I had another workbook project in May from a local publishing firm. This project consisted of about 125 black and white illustrations, of which I’ve chosen 6 examples of some of the more interesting ones. This workbook concerned comparing and contrasting skills and there were a few ‘what’s different about these two pictures?’ type activities, and sorting activities, and the topics ranged all over the board from nature pictures to science fiction tales (I’ve included a few more of my ‘aliens’ as these were my favorite parts of these projects). The art director I was working with was always pleasant and laughed heartily at all my cartoons, which was a big ego booster, and I would frequently bring along my son to these meetings since my wife was working days around this time at a local magazine publisher. (my son would have been 9 or 10 years old at this time). This one is still available for purchase at Amazon here for a reasonable price.
Also this month, for the same parent company, (but a Minneapolis based office, in turn outsourced for a London release) I had a cover assignment for another book. (pictured below) – Amazingly, this one is still in print (but out of stock) and available at Amazon here
I had a mystery fiction assignment this month from one of my children’s literary magazine clients. This one was for the ‘teen poetry & prose’ digest and was to accompany a story by an author I’ve been a fan of for many years, so it was a bonus treat to bring this one to life. This author sets all his mysteries in the horse racing world in Britain, and this short story was no exception. I also had another assignment along similar lines a couple years later for the same magazine, and this was the sort of work that I’d been doing for years for another mystery fiction digest client, although I hadn’t done a project for them for over a year at this point, and would only start working with them again the following year. So in a way, these projects took up the slack while I was on hiaitus from the other magazine and kept me in that ‘mystery frame of mind’.