A trio of maps this month for my children’s publication client. One of them for a history magazine that included a bunch of small vignettes on the revolutionary war, and then an all purpose mediterranean map that I forget what purpose it served. Below was a historical map of the port of Alexandria (which may or may not have been part of the ‘mediterranean’ assignment).
Also this month, for my regular ‘puzzle page’ gig for the science publication (same client), I had a rather complex drawing and series of small spots having something to do with animals inside of bubbles (I seem to remember that the client was going to place the small spots somewhere within the large bubble).
This month marked the end of my working relationship with my ‘agent’. I had been taking assignments off and on through this local agent for the past 7 or 8 years. I didn’t mind the work that she brought my way, but I was able to generate much more on my own, and without the 30 percent cut. The past few years of our working relationship was pretty much confined to a single regional magazine client out of Detroit, with black and white cartoon images similar to the one pictured below.
I also had an assignment for a local religious organization this month, a ‘sticker sheet’ of bible characters and misc items that would no doubt be part of some activity for their sunday school curriculum.
For my children’s magazine client this month, I had a series of portraits involving the United Nations. I tried something a little different for this one, working entirely in colored pencils, but in a style similar to how I worked with pastels, starting with a neutral color background and then working the shadows and highlights with a series of sketchy lines. Then tied them all together with a repeating garland design taken from the UN logo.
For the same client this month (aside from the usual maps and puzzle page assignments mentioned in another posting), I also had a couple pieces on the revolutionary war. The one directly below was about the mistrust on the streets between the british and the settlers just prior to the war (a two page spread, wrapping the text like bookends), and then below that, I had a couple spreads for an article about the life of Paul Revere. Both using different techniques that I am used to, and none of them I was all that happy with when I was finished. Nevertheless gave me good opportunities to practice different styles and work out the kinks.
For a consumer advice magazine, I had a series of three ‘bear’ spots in June. I used to do a lot of work for this magazine’s ‘kid version’, but once that went out of business, I had a few assignments for the grown up version of the magazine for a short while, before the work gradually petered out.
Another ‘series of spots’ this month was for a local christian parenting magazine. These I finished in a little different style, usuing oil pastels to achieve a sort of ‘painterly quality’. I see I’m still overusing that same purple background color that I seem to be stuck on all during 2001, but here it seems to work a little better.
This month for color scratchboards was a mixed bag. I had an assignment for a new magazine client that I really wanted to impress (it never led to another job), but it ended up being one of my best Bush likenesses that I did during the entire presidency. I also had a nice color assignment from my national newspaper client regarding the upcoming greek olympic games which also turned out to be one of my better efforts of the year (pictured below). Nice design, layout & colors, and I thought it was a nice mix of the serious side of scratchboard, with a few lighthearted touches here and there reminiscent of my cartoon work.
For an east coast legal newspaper, I had the above parody of the famous ‘signing of the constitution’ painting dealing with the ‘patients bill of rights’ currently under discussion in congress. I had my doubts about this one while working on it, but it ended up turning out not half bad.
Less successful were a few of the pieces pictured below. The one of the businessman cooking his ledger books was for an east coast newspaper client. Not bad, but kind of stiff and lifeless. Below that is a piece for a jesuit publication (I don’t remember the story on this one).
And then there was this one. This was for a new client, an evangelical magazine from the midwest, and it was one of those ‘kid in a candy store’ assignments, where the client wants to see how much can be squeezed into the same illustration. The concept was based on the title of the article “back to the future”, so he wanted the flying delorean car, with a portrait of some big wig at the church sticking his head out the window, wearing a stole with the church logo on it, plus a ‘honk if you love jesus’ bumper sticker, plus some hidden meaning on the liscence plate, 2 crowds of people, original church founders on one side and today’s members on the other (and streams of new converts pouring over the far hill towards them), plus a sign pointing the way to the church, plus an image of their original church building (and make it glowing please). I did the best I could, but it was one of those assignments that I felt would never end, and when I was finished I had a piece that the client was happy with, but I would likely stick in a drawer and never hope to see or be seen by anyone again. But here it is nevertheless.
The black and white scratchboards in June were a lackluster bunch for the most part, the exception being the two I’ve chosen for the top of the posting. I liked the simplicity of the image above, and the concept was kind of fun for the poor investors chained to their ‘tech stocks’ pictured at left. Both were for my national newspaper client in June. For the same client I had a couple other ‘tech’ related pieces, but both were rather dull in concept. A ‘chain’ border for one small article is pictured below, and below that an image that is supposed to show how all sorts of disparate technologies will be coming together in the future to a single box in your home.
Below is another piece for the same client on the German economy. Below that is an illustration for my educational publication client, something to do with college administration meetings.