The above illustration was for the Jesuit publication ‘America’ in July. This was a cover illustration for a special issue entitled the ‘fall book harvest’. I had a lot of fun with this one, despite the fact that it was rather time consuming and at times monotonous in the execution. In the years since (almost twenty years now as of this update) this has been my biggest selling reprint. I’ve sold untold copies of this image on my Zazzle store, in poster form, on mousepads, on tee shirts. Not sure who’s buying them, but thank you.
Another full page assignment is pictured below, this one for a midwest legal magazine. Not a particularly interesting concept or design (requested by the client), but I tried to make it as interesting as I could in the technique and colors.
The above spot illustration was for an east coast legal newspaper, having something to do with a conflict between the supreme court and congress (I don’t remember the story exactly).
Below is another ‘food illustration’ for my east coast newspaper client. This one having to do with a form of Scottish potato pancakes.
Finally I had a rather text heavy concept to illustrate for a catholic magazine this month. I wasn’t crazy about this one, but it surprised me by prompting a reprint request a month later for another publication. Hey, what do I know?
The illustration to the left was for my national newspaper client. I don’t quite remember the story behind this one, but it doesn’t look like good news at any rate.
The spot to the right was for the same client this month, this one no doubt having to do with ‘penny stocks’, or taking small risks.
I also had another fiction illustration this month for my long time ‘mystery digest’ client. This one was a little different from the norm, with a setting in a vague ‘middle ages’ time frame concerning a band of travelling gypsies. Around this time, most of the illustrations for this client had to share the page with the title and author of the story, so frequently space has to be alloted for text, either white space or black with type reversed out.
Below that, I had a small spots for an educational publication. I don’t remember much about either piece, other than the ‘Gladiator’ movie was rather popular at the time, and the story seemed to be concerning it in some fashion, and the one below that was something about ‘bad book reviews’.
In addition to all the black and white scratchboard work this month, I also had a series of small cartoon spots for a local wooden toy manufacturer, these to be used for a promotional brochure for their product line. I’ve only chosen one of the five spots for this posting, the rest can be found in the ‘children’ archives (they’re all quite similar).
I had a few nautical pieces this month for one of my children’s magazine clients. This series of articles had to do with various aspects of the revolutionary war (secretly supplying the troops, unusual allies, etc). The illustration above was of a supply ship being unloaded (or loaded, not sure which) under cover of darkness, and the illustration to the left was a filler spot showing one of the supply ships under way. Below is a two page spread portraying the supplies being handed out to fresh recruits.
The above illustration was presumably for the same series of articles, and shows a clash between two sets of mercenary troops (if memory serves).
I also received a rather oddball assignment from an east coast College mouthpiece magazine in July, this was a pair of bookend illustrations portraying Carl Everett dressed in Harvard robes, and a Harvard prof (forget his name) dressed up in Red Sox garb. The whole assignment felt real awkward, and it shows in the illustrations.
The above illustration was for a catholic magazine client of mine that I’ve been working for since the early nineties, and I think this was the very first time that this client made use of my ‘cartoon’ style (previously all illustrations were done in scratchboard).
Below is another Michigan regional parenting publication assignment from my agent. This one was rather unusual, as they wanted me to provide them with 2 color separations for a color wash — I’ve combined them here for the sample, but in delivering the work, I had to send them two separate files. One of the last times I’ve ever had to do this sort of thing, as this type of printing is rarely ever done anymore with the new digital processes.
Below is an assignment for my east coast newspaper client. This was to show the new concept of ‘online banking’. Strange to think that only 8 years ago this seemed newfangled.