I’m not sure, but there might have been a special supplemental section for Newsday in June of ’03. I have a series of spot illustrations, that all seem to have something to do with retired persons in one way or another, and they might have all been for the same article, although a few of them are in a different style (like the stork illustration above). The illustration above, if I remember correctly, was about older Americans having children well into their retirement years.
The illustration at left, also seems to be featuring an older gentleman, this one being about online dating. Plus, there were a few other ‘cartoon’ style illustrations this month (all titled similarly in my archive file), one of them featuring an older woman with a overabundance of pets, and another ‘computer themed’ illustration featuring a guru on a mountaintop (although this one doesn’t seem to be featuring a ‘retiree’ – that is, unless the guru is retired…).
I also had another spot for the same client this month, in which I used a much different style than I’ve attempted before or since. Using a ‘watercolor’ wash technique, and keeping the illustration rather light and realistic, I tried for something a little more sensitive than the usual. This one was something for the lifestyle section, having to do with terminally ill family members. I’m not exactly happy with how it turned out, probably why I never went back to this technique again (at least this light and pastel colored).
Then, pictured at the bottom of the entry, is a black and white illustration that I did for the Chronicle of Higher Education. This one having something to do with separating education from government control (or something like that). I had a lot more fun drawing the hands, than I did drawing the buildings.
All the spots on this page were for a ‘World History Timeline’ poster for a children’s magazine publisher. I had another one the following month (US History Timeline). Like the other project, I approached these spots with a scattergun of styles, some color, some black and white, some detailed, some stylized, paints, watercolors, scratchboard, cartoon – All as a way of adding a bit of pizazz and variety to the layout. I won’t bother labelling all the spots here, but will leave it as a sort of quiz: how many of these important historical personas and events can you identify?
Aside from the usual clientele in June, I also had another ‘bible story’ batch to complete. Another 20 or so illustrations for a local religious organization’s curriculum, an ongoing 3-4 year project that still had another year or two to go. The above illustration is just a sample of the batch I worked on this month. I also had a fair amount of work for my corporate financial client, although I don’t post examples of these illustrations, due to the nature of our usage contract (when it expires, I’ll post them here). Most of these illustrations had to do with investing in one way or another, savings, retirement, portfolio planning, etc.
I had an unusual illustration for my long time ‘mystery digest’ client this month. This was a rare instance in which I used ‘greyscale’ in an illustration for this particular client. The story called for an investigator lining up a photo with a particular murder location from film in the victim’s camera, and I wanted to somehow differentiate between the usual ‘scratchboard’ that I draw, and a ‘photo’. An interesting experiment, but not sure it was all that successful. I never went back to something like this again.
Another semi-regular assignment that I do for a children’s science publication, is a ‘puzzle page’ illustration. Sometimes it can be in the form of a maze or visual puzzle, or sometimes it is just an illustration of a ‘story question’. I don’t quite remember the angle on this one, but it had something to do with various bird’s migration patterns (?).
Another children’s magazine, one I had done work for in past (but it had been a long time since the last assignment) called me up in June to illustrate a short piece about the weight of gear that a typical fireman carries to go into a blaze (weighing approximately as much as a ten year old child).