Earlier in the year, Highlights magazine contacted me regarding doing some spec updates to one of their venerable old characters. This is a magazine I remember reading from when I was kid, and it was fun to finally get a real assignment from them. This was a two part illustration project regarding a story about a family at Xmas. (I don’t remember the details of the story, however I think it had something to do with Dad wanting a little ‘peace and quiet’, and one of the kids misinterpreting what he asked for and doing something sickeningly cute)
Another project, for Cricket magazine, was a piece involving a young girl who wishes to play the cello, but can’t afford an instrument (her Dad is a school custodian, if I remember correctly).
I worked in a bit of a different style than I usually do, as this would be a ‘duotone’ illustration, and I wanted to try an ‘oil pastel’ technique that I’ve been messing around with. I’m not sure it was completely successful, but it was fun giving it a try. One of the great things about working for this publication, is the many, many chances they have given me to fall flat on my face in trying out new styles, and to experiment a little out of my ‘comfort zone’.
Aside from the children’s work this month, I also had another of my fiction assignments for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This was a little different than usual, a mystery set in feudal Japan, so I chose to do it a little more stylized than my usual style, and gave the feel of flattened perspective, like many Japanese prints.
Another in the series of workbooks I was doing for Instructional Fair in 2004. This was ‘Teamwork Test Prep Grade Five’ (I did grade three through eight over the course of the year). Previously I had only posted a sampling of illustrations, but now, in 2018, I am going back and posting each of the books in their entirety, since all these books are now long out of print, and the company I was doing them for has long ceased operation.
These are more samples from the Christian Reformed Church ongoing curriculum project that I was working on in the summer of ’04.
More samples above and below for the ongoing bible curriculum project for the Christian Reformed Church that I’ve been working on for a local religious organization. Usually about 20 or illustrations per batch, and the projects frequently overlap each other, where I’ll be working on the sketches for one set, while finishing up the pieces on another set. The hardest part of this project has been the logistics of keeping track of all the recurring characters who each have their own individual robe color scheme and hairstyle. I’ve posted here a sampling of this particular batch. (and will post more in the future in separate entries)
Another large project that came through during July was a set of spots for Adventure House Publishing. I’ve only posted a sampling of the illustrations in this project, as they were all pretty similar and not particularly interesting out of their original context. I never quite figured out what book it was I was illustrating, but I got the impression I was just one of several artists working on this project.
The above piece was for the Chronicle of Higher Education, to accompany an article about affirmative action. Rather simple layout that turned quite nice. I have to try and remember in the future to let a bit of white pop out in my color schemes a bit more often than I do.
Below, is a piece for a special Newsday supplement. This would be on the opening page of the section, and I’m pretty sure it had text running around the characters. This one concerned the ‘investing doldrums’.
The trio of spot illustrations above was for my regular ‘health care’ column gig for the Wall Street Journal. The topics were ‘mouthwash’, ‘using peppers to clear up your sinuses’, and ‘medicine balls’.
Another piece for the same client, was a rather simple pie chart spot that I haven’t bothered to include as it wasn’t particularly interesting.
I also had a series of illustrations for AG Edwards. I don’t include these in this blog due to the nature of our rights agreement. Mostly they are of a financial nature, stocks and bonds, savings, retirement planning, etc., and once a suitable amount of time has lapsed, I may start posting those here.
And, finally, another spot piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education, this one regarding college presidents in some capacity or another.