The piece above was a same day assignment for Newsday. This editorial piece concerned Germany’s efforts to wipe away the stain of anti-semitism from its past.
Another piece for the same client is below, and was about the closing down of a long time NY public access show. I don’t know if I am showing my age with this retro television set and cable dial, or if I was trying to nod towards what the sets looked like when this show was first aired in the late 60s/early 70s.
Another piece for the same client, another same day, another editorial. The one below had to do with survey questions where they ask for ‘race’ and the growing contingent of people in this country who can’t neatly fit their heritage into a single category. Kind of a strange concept/layout, and I don’t remember if this was my idea or not (probably was, as this client very rarely gives much input other than handing me the text of the story). But I did like the rendering on the face.
The piece below, was another fiction story for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This was a story about a spurned actress who murders a playwrite. I liked the layout on this one, but I think I goofed up on the perspective of the gun and hand (although it is very subtle).
A good year by the numbers, but a rough one personally with a lot of ups and downs.
The year started promisingly, when we purchased a used sailboat in the spring (after getting the bug after our sailing lessons the year before and taking a charter up near Traverse City), and took it out for a few trips on Lake Michigan during the summer when we could make the time.
Halfway through the year, my father was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, and I worked the second half of the year from a remote location in South Haven Michigan, taking care of my Father as he underwent chemo treatments.
This was the last year that I coached Little League baseball, and my son started high school in the Fall.
Despite everything, business was booming, and only took a slight dip in the second half as my ‘change of venue’ curtailed some of my ‘quick turnaround’ clients. At the same time, however, I picked up a few new clients, including Highlights for Children and Home Buyer Publications.
These illustrations are what I consider my best work of 2004:
Passed the 10,000 mark in the illustrations I’ve completed since starting this in 1989. A big volume year, as I did approximately 653 illustrations bringing the total up to 10,358.