A Job from an Old Employee


I got a call from an old employee from back in the print shop days of the mid-eighties. This was for The Messenger magazine (a Baptist mouthpiece publication) that he was working for as Designer on a freelance basis. I thought it odd that he would call me with this assignment, as he was a fairly decent illustrator himself (perhaps he just didn’t have the time to do it). There were two illustrations, and one of them I liked well enough that I used it as a promotional postcard later in the year.

Also picked up a couple new clients this month; Black Enterprise, Alaska Magazine, and The Interpretor (another religious magazine, out of Memphis). Got a few repeat jobs from Alaska over the next few years, and the Interpretor would stay on as an infrequent client through most of the 90s.

Greeting Card

West Graphics

Recently unearthed this in a keepsake drawer of my Father’s when he passed away in 2014. This was a greeting card that I collaborated on with my brother Tom and was published by West Graphics in 1994. I don’t remember ever doing another one, and I eventually gave up on the ‘greeting card’ business as a dead end (that is, until I hooked up with Zazzle, in the mid to late 2000’s).

1993 Year in Review

Year In Review

I think this was the first or second year that I could honestly say that I was earning a ‘living wage’ at illustration. My son would have been 3-4 years old during this year, my wife was still working at the old print shop where I was employed, and I believe I had just moved into my new ‘office over the garage’ either this year or the year before, graduating from the spare bedroom in the house (over doubling my workspace area).

Was keeping most of the clients that I had picked up over the past few years, and starting to add several new ones, including a ‘clip art’ company, Metro Creative Graphics, who would keep me fairly busy for the next five years. More ‘children’s publication’ work this year, including Zillions (the children’s version of ‘Consumer Reports) and Cobblestone Publishing.

Amazing how little work I have that has survived, considering I did approximately 574 illustrations over the course of the year. Making a total of 1505 illustrations since I started in 1989.

The further back I go, the less work has survived, and you could probably say that what has survived is hardly worth calling ‘best’. Anyhow, for what it’s worth, these are what I consider the ‘best’ pieces from 1993: