Different Strokes

ABA, AHMM, ChronicleHE, Newsday

The piece above, was a full page illustration for an east coast newspaper client of mine. This was a piece about the ‘road to home ownership’ (if I remember correctly). A lot of suggestions from the client as to things they wanted in the picture, and it made for a rather cluttered layout, but it didn’t turn out half bad. I did something a little different (for me) with the ‘sun and sun beams’ in the background, which seems a little out of place with the style of the rest of it, but not greatly so.

For the same client, I had a smaller, more iconic illustration about ‘home barbeque’, in which I tried to simplify my rather cluttered style to as simple a format as possible (I wasn’t sure how small they were going to run it, and I didn’t want the lines to ‘muddy up’ at smaller sizes). Kind of fun and stylized, and a little different from my usual MO.

Then, another piece for the same client, this one having to do with children an reading about the war in Iraq. Rather simple concept, but the newspapers took a bit of time. I’m always fighting with myself about how to handle things like portraying ‘newspapers’ or ‘money’, and debating about whether to try and ‘draw’ them in a sort of stylized fashion, or to do it more of a ‘collage style’ with found imagery. I kind of like how this hand drawn newspaper page style turned out, but it doesn’t always look as good – depends on the project.

The piece to the right was for an educational publication. I don’t particularly like to include ‘text’ in illustrations, labelling items for easy identification, but sometimes when it is the specific request of the client, it is unavoidable. I don’t like how I handled the text on these ‘trophies’, in retrospect. Perhaps hand lettered would have turned out better (but not necessarily more readable at this reproduction size).

I had a rather unusual ‘fiction’ piece for my long time ‘mystery digest’ client. A short story about a vivid nighttime out of body experience (if I remember correctly). I kept it rather dark and simple. In retrospect, I think I should have exaggerated the perspective on the body a bit more and perhaps tilted the city down below to give a bit more drama.

I also had a rather straightforward caricature assignment for a midwest University client. I don’t remember the subject of the caricature, but I think it was either a speaker at the college, or possibly someone on the staff of the college.