Book Project

St. Mary's Press

In the summer of ’96 I had a couple additional book projects for St Mary’s Press in Minnesota. I had done a few books for this client in previous years, and both times previously they had flown me out to their offices for consultations, something I didn’t have to do for these two projects (they must’ve gotten comfortable working with me long distance). This first one was a book on grief and dying, and was the larger of the two projects, consisting of 45 color illustrations and a smattering of black and white line art pieces. I did these in a line art plus watercolor style to keep things lighter and not quite so intense. The other book is mentioned in a separate posting this month.

Textbooking in Minnesota

St. Mary's Press

In the summer of ’95 I had another catholic textbook project from St Mary’s Press who I had worked with the year before. Once again they flew me out confer with the design staff in their offices in Minnesota for the day. This was the only client in my twenty years in the business who felt a need to speak to me in person, but of course, this was back in the days before email was as widely used as it is today. I wanted to do something a bit different from the assignment the year before, so I brought along a sample of a newer ‘paint’ style that I’d been playing around with. They went for it on the chapter openers, but still wanted my scratchboards for various spots sprinkled throughout the book (the drawing to the left is one of these). I didn’t think the two styles meshed all that well, but I thought the designers did a real nice job of integrating the paintings into the design of the book, using extreme detail shots of some of them, and using colored backgrounds that I created for the purpose throughout the book. I’ve chosen a sampling of the illustrations that appeared in the book to post here. Most of the originals are long since gone, so these have all been scanned from the book. Some of them I gave away to friends, others were donated to school auctions, and I don’t know what happened to the rest.

The book is still available (and amazingly still in print) at Amazon (link here)

Another Minnesota Book

St. Mary's Press

I ran across this assignment for St Mary’s Press in my invoices, and I barely remember this project. This was a series of probably about 10 illustrations, all black and white and all scratchboard. Apparently not an important enough title to fly me out to Minnesota to discuss, as this one was handled over the phone and fax machine. I don’t remember any of the illustrations, but I found an image online of the book cover, and it is available used for very reasonable rates on Amazon (link here)

ADDENDUM: I think I’ve found one of the originals for this project while looking through the archives for something else. (a pictured below)

Also this month, I did my first assignment for the American Bar Association out of Chicago. They would continue to be a steady client to the present day. The original art for this first project hasn’t survived, unfortunately.

Book Project (I think)

St. Mary's Press

This is a rather mysterious set of illustrations. I can’t find an invoice to correspond with these, but my memory leads me to believe that this was for another book project for St Mary’s Press that I’d been doing work for during ’94-96. I’m guessing these were done somewhere late in ’94. I kind of like the bold woodcut look of these, much better looking than most of the scratchboards I was doing around this period. (of course, there is also the outside chance that these were done for the Christian Reformed Church, who I was also doing a lot of work for during this period)