Scratchboards in May

America, Legal Times, Metro Detroit Parent, WSJ

A lot of steady work this month, but nothing particularly memorable. The two illustrations above for my national newspaper client both seemed to be saying the same things; careful, we’re not out of the woods yet.

Meanwhile, of course, Uncle Sam is still handing out the tax cuts, as we can see in the illustration to the left for the same client (this may have been around the time of George Bush’s ‘tax rebate’ – but I can’t be sure).

I had another piece for my agent this month, this one for a michigan regional publication (pictured right). I don’t remember the topic, whether it was about legalized gambling, or simply something to do with family budgets.

I had a piece on alcoholism and substance abuse for a jesuit magazine this month (pictured left), and a couple illustrations for an east coast legal newspaper (pictured below). It was fun to draw a couple of ‘superheroes’, a subject I rarely get to tackle, even if it was a bit tongue in cheek, and overly explanatory text heavy. The other ‘senate floor ruckus’ illustration was on an obscure topic that I’ve long forgotten the significance of.


Carus Publishing, National Auctioneer, Newsday, US Catholic

Besides a large batch of black and white drawings for the teacher’s guide to an upcoming ‘bible stories’ project for a local religious organization (which I’m not going to bother posting at this time), I seemed to be doing a lot of dabbling in a ‘painterly’ style this month for some reason. I had a random assignment from a new client this month that involved a tandem bike with various explanatory text labels along the legs of each of the ‘bikers’.

Then, for my regular children’s magazine client, I had a couple assignments. The first one was a rather unusual one involving a child’s reminiscences about coming across the Atlantic and going through Ellis Island. This one had a lot of photos that I needed to incorporate into a faux ‘scrapbook’ design with various sketchy line drawings (which I haven’t bothered to reprint here, as they were rather forgettable), and in addition I had an indian head coin, and a souvenir Statue of Liberty bank to draw for the same article.

Then, for the same client, I had a pair of two page spreads (wrapping around the text) on an Indian companion to the Pilgrim settlers. (pictured below)

Then I had a ‘bar of soap’ illustration for a catholic magazine this month, which I used a variety of techniques on, including the text tool. This was something to do with ‘cussing’.

And for the same client this month, I had a cartoon illustration involving the old standby ‘lady justice’

Another assignment this month involving a lot of text, was this full page assignment for a special interest magazine. I had first started working for them a few months before, and the first couple assignments were rather interesting, but this one was a chore. Hand lettering is not my strong suit, and this wouldn’t have looked good using the computer aided lettering, but thank goodness for the ‘cloning tool’, as I was able to just draw a couple of each letter in the alphabet and then select and copy them to get this busy effect. This was sort of a mixture of cartoon and scratchboard, with some airbrush techniques in the background clouds.

Then, finally, another cartoon for my east coast newspaper client. This one a color ‘lifestyle section’ piece on working vs stay at home dads.