Portraits and Maps

Carus Publishing


I got an assignment in November from one of my children’s history magazines for a story about ‘literary ladies’ which required a number of portraits arranged in a collage format. Additionally, I had a background illustration to provide (text to overlap the letter and around the ‘writing hand’) for the same article (I think). Some interesting experimental techniques in this one, mixing mediums and playing around with some different color schemes.


For the same client, but a different publication, I had a multi page story about Cesar Chavez. They requested something looking a bit like those old WPA murals, and I thought I captured the style fairly well in the opening spread (above), but sort of backslid back into my own comfortable styles again on the inside (below and right).

Also, for the same client, different magazine, was a large two page spread map of the ancient ‘silk and spice’ trading routes, along with the obligatory small decorative vignettes sprinkled around the map.

Additional November Assignments

ABA, America, Newsday, Time for Kids, Zillions


The above illustration was for a legal magazine client. I don’t quite remember the angle of the story, but it was a nice finished piece. I kept it rather loose, so I didn’t have to worry too much about drawing all these difficult objects (planes, buildings, cars, semi trucks – all my least favorite topics squeezed into a single image).

The illustration below was for a children’s version of a large national magazine. This was to accompany a short article about ‘different occupations’.


The ‘medals of valor’ illustration above was for a catholic magazine in November. Below is a rather strange illustration for another of my children’s magazine clients. A rare chance to draw a portrait of Britney Spears combined with floating heads of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and other various historic figures (I forget who the rest of them were). I really don’t remember what this drawing was about, and it is probably just as well (I think she’s supposed to be ‘juggling’ the heads).


The above illustration was for my east coast newspaper client, and was about preparing for Thanksgiving. I see I’ve included my cat Ripley in this one (don’t know who the dog is, but it is unusual for me not to have included my own dog).
Below is another illustration I don’t quite remember all that clearly, other than the fact that it was for a jesuit publication.

More Life Drawings

Figure Studies, rough sketches


More life studies from that last class that I took at our local community college. As I mentioned in another posting, this class was plagued with model difficulties (not showing up, very little variety), and we were frequently relegated to either drawing the ‘class skeleton’ or fellow students (like the poor fellow below).