Color Scratchboard

AG Edwards, ChronicleHE, Legal Times, Newsday, WSJ

Overall, the color scratchboards in May were turning out much better looking than the black and white pieces (see other posting for May). I had my second ‘quarterly newsletter’ assignment this month from my new corporate client. The illustration above was the large ‘front page’ picture, and then 3 others of varying sizes were to accompany the other lesser articles in the newsletter. The opening illustration was usually a ‘forecast’ type story, so I’m guessing that the news for investments this quarter was hopeful, as if we were ‘seeing the light at the end of the tunnel’.
The other illustrations in the newsletter however seem to still be rather cautionary. I don’t remember the exact slant of the ‘banana’ illustration, but it was probably something along the lines of ‘watch your step’, and the ‘chicken’ was to warn you of the dangers of ‘keeping all your eggs in one basket’ (a theme we would revisit again in the future more than once). And the one below, was something to do with ‘protecting your estate’.

I had a rather unusual assignment from my national newspaper client this month. This one was for a science story about a brain implant that was used to direct the movements of a test rat, and they pretty much wanted an image of the rat in question, and supplied me with suitable reference materials. This was one of those fun situations in which I worked on the project in the afternoon, and then, the next morning, heard the same story being reported on NPR. I felt like I was on the cutting edge of the news.

Another ‘animal’ piece this month, was for an east coast newspaper cleint of mine. This was to accompany a recipe in the lifestyle section for ‘beer can chicken’, and, rather than just portray the actual food being prepared (which I’d done for this feature in the past), I thought I’d have a little fun with the concept. Ended up being one of my personal favorite illustrations of the year.

I was less pleased with how the above illustration turned out. For the same east coast newspaper client, this was to be a parody of the old ’98 lb weakling’ from the Charles Atlas ads, but with Tom Ridge. The layout was rather dull, being stuck with the stiff poses from that old cartoon, and the face didn’t seem to fit the body in this case. It probably would have been funnier to parody the entire cartoon, and to make it actually look more like the original source material. Live and learn.
The spot to the left, was a small one for my national newspaper client. This was concerning ATM machines being put down in Mexico, but tied to US banks. This almost looks like early training for how the ‘health care’ spots would eventually turn into a couple years later.

The above piece for an east coast legal newspaper was another one that I was less than happy with. I don’t remember who the subject was, but if one of them was supposed to be George W, then it was a pretty poor likeness. Interesting experiment with fading out the background characters to help the forward ones ‘pop’ a bit better.
The piece below, was another for my national newspaper client, this one about IPOs and federal regulations.

And finally, the illustration below, which was for my educational publication client. This one about different colleges cooperating with each other in some respect.