Genres of Literature

Instructional Fair

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This was the eighth book that I did for Instructional Fair in 2000, and one of the rare ones where I was involved with the cover illustration as well as inside spots. I was quite excited to be working on a cover illustration, and I was quite happy with how it turned out. I have previously only shared the cover and a few sample interiors on this blog, but am going back and posting these books in their entirety (writing this in 2018). Below are the interior spots for ‘Genres of Literature’.

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Instructional Fair

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Another one of seven books for Instructional Fair in 2000. This one was a whopper, consisting of about 140 illustrations, all in black and white, in various sizes and shapes, and all over the place in regards to subject matter. There was a lot of repetition and graphic art in this one, with page after page of Flags of the World, or United States Geography, or Clocks with different Times, or Match the Animal Footprints (and many more pages of the fat people with variations on the name “Phil”). I’ve spared you much of the dull stuff, but there is still a mountain of illustrations in this book.

However, there were plenty of chances to have fun throughout, including a section on musical animals (aardvark on an alto sax, gorilla on a guitar, cat/clarinet, dog/drums, etc etc), and there was a section on the moon and solar system in which I stretched a bit as far as ‘black and white technique’, using some spatter airbrush tools to get some interesting ‘moon effects’.

Even though the company was going through some major corporate shake-ups, layoffs, restructuring, mergers etc, I was still able at this time to work with my favorite designer down at this company, who was always very supportive of my work, and gave me a big boost each time I brought sketches and finals in for approval, by laughing a great deal at my cartoons. My son was about 11 at this time, and would frequently accompany me down to meetings with this client in the summer months, and got to be good friends with the designer.

In the past, I’ve only shared a small sampling of illustrations from these books, but I am going back and posting them in their entirety (writing this in 2018), but this one has been edited a bit.

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