In May, we sent out a larger than usual postcard, hoping to promote some of the ‘different styles’ that I’m capable of, as well as reinforcing the scratchboard that seems to be my bread and butter these days. Not sure how successful this ‘multi-image’ mailing was, in retrospect, I probably should have stuck to a single powerful image. This postcard also served double duty, because I was able to use the ‘monkey’ image as a cd insert for a music project that I was working on at the time. The cd was released in August and is still available here.
Above is one of the black and white pieces that I had in the month of May. This was another fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. I don’t remember the story on this one, other than the fact that it involved a sexy but dangerous femme fatale that a fellow meets through a want ad.
For Newsday, I had this spot regarding a current event in the Congress. If you remember, the Republicans were all set to do something called the ‘Nuclear Maneuver’ (or something like that), and that McCain broke ranks to make a back room deal with the Democrats to foil their plans. This was the first time I’d attempted a likeness of McCain, and the tall guy with the bomb is another likeness (although I don’t quite remember who it was supposed to be). I particularly liked how the cowering democrats turned out.
Also, for the same client, was another black and white piece I was particularly pleased with. I don’t remember the angle of the story, perhaps it was about gambling revenues being used to fund education?
The one below, I was less happy with. This one had to do with the 9/11 monuments being debated, and whether or not the public should be in on the discussions. Rather convoluted editorial article that I had a hard time finding a concept for.
Also that month, for the same newspaper client was a story involving a comment President Bush made about comparing himself to the ‘big three’ of a previous generation, which led me inevitably to this portrayal of a study in contrasts.
Above and to the left are the spots for the month of May for my weekly ‘health care’ column gig for the Wall Street Journal. Articles about a bracelet for warding off mosquitos, poisons in fingernail polish, dentistry, sunscreen lotion and the pros and cons of soy milk. I particularly liked how the mosquito and the hands in the fingernail polish spot turned out. Using a new technique (to me) where I’m starting to add color to the ‘scratchboard lines’ as a way of softening the illustrations a bit.
For the same client, I had a quickie color spot regarding soccer, the US and Britain in some capacity, but I don’t quite remember the exact details of the story.
Below is another spot having to do with China and the Euro, and again, I’ve forgotten the angle on the story. I think this was the first time I’d used the ‘dragon’ in depicting China, but it wouldn’t be the last time.
Another spot for the same client was the ‘fat cat’ pictured below, handing out IOUs. A little different background treatment than I usually do. Looks like I picked some sort of chalk or pastel tool, perhaps as a way of depicting the smoke hanging in the air from the cigar.
For Cricket magazine, I had a series of illustrations about an African American member of the Louis and Clark expedition. I chose an overall image of the guy (based on what sketchy research I was able to put together) as an opening illustration on the first page, and a scene of action/adventure for one of the inside page headers, and then it was requested that I do a map of the expedition for the final image. I like doing maps, but I don’t care for ‘collages’, and this final illustration had a bit of each.
Rather than use the more routine scratchboard technique, I decided to do this one using a combination watercolor and colored pencil look. It was a challenging story to illustrate, because other than being along for the ride, the main protagonist of the story remains a bit of an enigma, and very little ‘action’ takes place in the story.
An illustration for Cobblestone (their science publication Oddysey), a ‘puzzle’ illustration regarding an overhead view of an orchard, which I also used the same wash and colored pencil technique. This was the last of the Cobblestone assignments, which had been gradually trickling away ever since I broached the subject of stagnant rates and making adjustments to their contracts. (I began working for them in the early 90s).
And finally, Log Home Living requested an illustration showing the whole family involved in designing their dream house. This gave me the chance to work on my ‘cartoon’ style, or a slightly more realistic version of it. Thanks to the wife for posing as the female in the picture.