The Scratchboards of November

Dever Designs, Legal Times, Newsday, WSJ

America is still getting used to those new long airport security delays since 9/11, and I had an illustration from my east coast newspaper client on this very topic. We also seemed to be worried about computer viruses, which led to this black and white illustration for my national newspaper client. (pictured left)

I don’t quite remember what the deal was with this rather strange ‘french dude’ below, but it was for one of my more infrequent magazine design clients in November.

The illustration above was for an east coast legal newspaper client. I thought it was a particularly nice job with the portrait and frame on this one.
The illustration below was another for my east coast newspaper client. Another early attempt to emulate those wonderful ‘pulp detective’ covers that I’ve been studying around this time.

More ‘stocks, bonds and investing’ spots for my national newspaper client this month. My favorite of the bunch being the ‘teacher’ to the left. I seem to do better with limited available space. Keeps me from overworking the concept.

I also had a ‘technology’ illustration for the same client, in another unusual space requirement, a long horizontal (pictured below). And then a piece on tax preparation (for the same client) is pictured below that.

The piece below was another for my east coast newspaper client. I don’t quite remember the story, but I got a nice image out of it.

Portraits and Maps

Carus Publishing

I got an assignment in November from one of my children’s history magazines for a story about ‘literary ladies’ which required a number of portraits arranged in a collage format. Additionally, I had a background illustration to provide (text to overlap the letter and around the ‘writing hand’) for the same article (I think). Some interesting experimental techniques in this one, mixing mediums and playing around with some different color schemes.

For the same client, but a different publication, I had a multi page story about Cesar Chavez. They requested something looking a bit like those old WPA murals, and I thought I captured the style fairly well in the opening spread (above), but sort of backslid back into my own comfortable styles again on the inside (below and right).

Also, for the same client, different magazine, was a large two page spread map of the ancient ‘silk and spice’ trading routes, along with the obligatory small decorative vignettes sprinkled around the map.

Pastel Experiment

Figure Studies, personal

pastelnudeThis one has to have been somewhere around 2001 or 2002, although I don’t remember working in physical pastels during that time. I can tell that it was based on some of the gesture drawings from the previous Life Drawing class that I audited, but otherwise, its origins are a bit fuzzy to me.


Additional November Assignments

ABA, America, Consumer Reports, Newsday, Time for Kids, Zillions

The above illustration was for a legal magazine client. I don’t quite remember the angle of the story, but it was a nice finished piece. I kept it rather loose, so I didn’t have to worry too much about drawing all these difficult objects (planes, buildings, cars, semi trucks – all my least favorite topics squeezed into a single image).

The illustration below was for a children’s version of a large national magazine. This was to accompany a short article about ‘different occupations’.

The ‘medals of valor’ illustration above was for a catholic magazine in November. Below is a rather strange illustration for another of my children’s magazine clients. A rare chance to draw a portrait of Britney Spears combined with floating heads of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison and other various historic figures (I forget who the rest of them were). I really don’t remember what this drawing was about, and it is probably just as well (I think she’s supposed to be ‘juggling’ the heads).

The above illustration was for my east coast newspaper client, and was about preparing for Thanksgiving. I see I’ve included my cat Ripley in this one (don’t know who the dog is, but it is unusual for me not to have included my own dog).
Below is another illustration I don’t quite remember all that clearly, other than the fact that it was for a jesuit publication.

Life Drawing Blues

Figure Studies, personal, rough sketches

More life studies from that last class that I took at our local community college around ’01 or ’02. As I mentioned in another posting, this class was plagued with model difficulties (not showing up, very little variety – we had a lot of sessions with the ‘skinny man’), and we were frequently relegated to either drawing the ‘class skeleton’ or fellow students (like the poor morbidly obese fellow below).