Bible Stories (last batch)


These were the last (for the time being) of illustrations for the Christian Reformed Church’s ongoing curriculum project (this latest session had been ongoing since around 2002, although I’d been doing this sort of work for them off and on since 1992). Not all of the illustrations are particularly interesting, so I’m only publishing a sampling here on this blog. Most of these illustrations were quite large, 11×17 mostly, with a few double that size for wall posters. I worked mostly in a modified cartoon style, as it was expedient and easy to reproduce in mass quantities, especially where I had a number of recurring characters that needed to stay consistent from batch to batch.

These were part of their ‘Friendship’ program, which was targeted towards developmentally handicaped adults and children. Two nearly identical versions are produced, one for the adults and the other for the children (with slight changes in background color to differentiate). The illustrations are purposefully kept simplistic and bold so as not to confuse. I believe another illustrator was in charge of the ‘modern day’ illustrations, and I took care of the ‘bible era’ illustrations.

Children’s Workbook Project


In April, I had a project involving a series of spots for Quarasan publishing. In previous years, this client dealt with me through an agent that I had at the time, but since I hadn’t heard from her in a number of years, these were handled directly by me. I don’t remember what these illustrations were about, but I can surmise that a few of them were some sort of rhyme scheme (goat in a boat, frog on a log, etc). A number of them seemed to have something to do with classic fairie tales (goldlocks, three pigs, etc). Since I don’t remember what kind of contract I signed when I did these, I probably won’t be offering these up as reprints, but include them here for historical purposes.

I last drew ‘goldilocks and the three bears’ a number of years earlier for a children’s book for a different publisher. I tried not to make them look too similar to the previous incarnation, but looking back at them now, I think they look remarkably similar.

Not crazy with how the wolf turned out in this ‘three little pigs’ illo, I think I went a little too realistic with him. The pigs turned out cute, though.

This cartoon style got a lot more usage back in the early years, but it has sort of dwindled down, and scratchboard has taken over as my primary bread and butter style. Perhaps due to a decrease in the amount of ‘children’s publishing’ work that I’ve been taking in over the past few years. I should probably design a postcard that features this style, if I want to get back to doing more of this kind of work.

I tried to give all of these illustrations a similar background color, in order to tie them all together. I think it may have been a mistake, though. The overabundance of yellow gets to be a bit much after a while.

Misc Spots in April

AHMM, Diversity, Newsday, US Catholic, WSJ

The above same day illustration was for Newsday, to accompany an editorial about George Bush’s foreign policy. A fun piece, that turned out quite nice.
And another rush piece for the same client is pictured below, this one having something to do with Vietnam. A little different than my usual look for scratchboard, utilizing a ‘pepperspray’ technique over part of the illustration to give it a little different texture.

The above fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine is pictured above. I don’t quite remember the story, but I remember having to do a bit of research on victorian houses and a certain make of car that was a central ‘clue’ of the story. Frequently, when I have a ‘license plate’ opportunity in an illustration, where it doesn’t have to be something specific, I sneak in my son’s initials and birthdate.

Only two ‘health care’ column spots for the WSJ according to my records this month. Not sure why. Perhaps because of a vacation we took early in the month for spring break to see my grandmother and celebrate her 90th birthday. Anyhow, the two spots above were about allergies, and about tobacco companies trying to push ‘chewing tobacco’ as an alternative to smoking. Also, for the Journal, I had a piece on Indian business practices (the pole vault piece below), and another one depicting a ‘buy/sell’ electric shock experiment, although for the life of me I can’t remember what the article could have been about. (pictured left).

In addition, this month I also had an assignment for AG Edwards. I don’t publish those pieces here because of our contractual agreement, but I may publish them in the future when the contracted time has elapsed.

I had a few assignments for US Catholic this month. The above cartoon was to go across a two page spread, and dealt with the Pope’s busy schedule. The piece below was about charitable giving, and teaching your children to be more generous.

And finally, this month, I had a full page color illustration for Diversity magazine. This was one of those concepts that was provided by the client, and I served to ‘put it to paper’. I like a little input in the creative process, but too much, and the drawings can sometimes turn out a bit stale.