Shaking the Bushes

Self Promotion


Self promotion has been long overdue, so we are taking advantage of some postcard specials offered by our usual vendor and are sending out a few advertisements this month in an effort to drum up a little new business. The postcard above is a recycling of some presidential portraits that I did for a local toy manufacturer over the past few months. This will go out on an oversized postcard (approx 8×5), and I debated on whether or not to add color to these, but decided that I liked the stark black and white look a lot better (click on the image above to see a slightly larger version). We also sent out a postcard featuring a recent cover that I did (pictured below).

Late July Upturn

AHMM, Barrons, New York Newsday, WSJ


The end of July is starting to see a slight upturn in the workload after several weeks of quiet. The above illustration was one for a client that I hadn’t work for in quite a while, Newsday, and this was for an essay regarding vacation opportunities closer to home, and in particular, sailing around New York harbor.

I also had another fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine this week. This one was another of those set in a Norse/Viking locale (and may or may not have featured some recurring characters from previous stories). A fun dramatic layout on this one.

The illustration below was for Barrons earlier this week, and accompanied an article talking about how the economy is having a hard time ‘getting started’ thanks to certain policies and regulations. Below that is another of my ‘health care spots’ for the Wall Street Journal, another one on herbal teas, for which I’m certain I’ve done several with very similar concepts.


Several other projects in the works currently, and will share them here when I get a chance to take a breath.

Signs of Life

ChronicleHE, Llewellyn, WSJ

The summer continues to drag on, but the slowdown is starting to show signs of perking up (and just in time, coincidentally, with the wind-down with this local theater production I’ve been involved with). The illustration above (shown with the type layout in which it was used) was a book cover for Llewellyn that I’ve been working on over the past few weeks. In addition, I’ve also started another game board project, which shall keep me on my toes for the next few months.

The illustration above was one that I completed earlier this week for the Chronicle of Higher Education (on different skill sets required for Deans vs Professors), and below is a small spot that I did for the Wall Street Journal a few days ago.

Summertime

Uncle Goose Toys, WSJ


A few projects for the Wall Street Journal over the past few weeks, but work continues to be rather slow this summer. Fortunately, I have been keeping busy with side projects, and a few larger projects which are currently in the works. The illustration above was another for the ‘health care’ column that I’ve been illustrating since 2002, this one on ‘invisible’ hearing aids. Below was a rather tricky illustration on ‘target date funds’.


The local theater production of “Woody Guthrie’s American Song” (cast photo from the first number in the show pictured above, and that’s me with the guitar) with which I am involved continues through the first half of July, and we’ve been very busy with preparations and promotions. Singing the national anthem at the local minor league ballpark on the fourth was a lot of fun (pictured left), and the show has opened this week to appreciative audiences and a good review in the paper. It’s been a lot of fun working with this talented cast, and in appreciation I worked up a number of ‘thank you buttons’ to hand out as gifts, and redrew the ‘Woody portrait’ that I had done for the tee shirts in a small size for that format. (pictured below)

I got a photo preview of how the ‘presidents’ are being used for that upcoming ‘wooden block’ project, and I’m continuing to put together a promotional postcard using all these presidential portraits that I did last month (will post that design when I get it completed). Work has also begun on another large board game project for my client in Helsinki, and I should have some samples of these illustrations in the coming months.