Safety First

Carus Publishing, Cricket

I had a fun baseball poem to illustrate for a children’s magazine this month. This was sort of reminiscent of the very first assignment I ever got from this client back in ’89. Of course, I goofed up and left the ‘batting helmet’ off of the girl above in the first version of this illustration and it got sent back for revisions later in the month. I should have known they would be sticklers for those kind of ‘safety details’ (every time you drawn someone on a bike, they need a helmet – if they are on skates, they need elbow pads, knee pads and helmets). Safe, to be sure, but not particularly enjoyable to look at or draw. My reasons for leaving it off in the first place, was purely for aesthetic reasons. I liked the shape of the hat on the girls’ head. I liked seeing more of her hair. I was a baseball coach for a few years around this time, and I was well aware of batting helmets. Anyhow… I include them both here, just because I still liked the original one better.

Beating around the Bush

Legal Times, Newsday

Two years into this current president’s administration, and I’m still struggling with his likeness. I had three opportunities to practice up this month, two of them for an east coast newspaper client, and another one for a legal newspaper. The best one was above, and the other two, while slightly recognizable are less successful attempts at the ‘bush face’.

Maps and Puzzles

Carus Publishing, Cobblestone

I had a few maps this month for the same children’s magazine publisher (different periodicals in this publication ‘family’). The one above and the globe below were both very time consuming and difficult. Both had to do with Captain Cook’s voyages of discovery, and I’ve also included an enlarged corner of the map to show the detail.

The map above of one of the Pacific island chains was another for the same client.
I also had another of my ‘puzzle page’ assignments for their ‘science magazine’. This was a rather strange story/math puzzle combination involving a ‘frog king’ from an enchanted pool who likes to hand out math problems to passing strangers.

Color Scratchboard Work For February

AG Edwards, Newsday, Sign of the Times

I had my first assignment from a new corporate client this month for their investor newsletter. Not my first actual assignment (that was last month), but the first of these quarterly newsletters that would become steady work for the next 5 years or so. These were usually quite similar to each other, and it is always a challenge trying to find a new conceptual angle on the same topics. The first is usually a ‘forecast’ type story (what to expect in the coming quarter for your investment dollars), then there would be articles about ‘estate planning’, different investment options, investment tools, etc that would need smaller spot illustrations.

I’ve had a lot of interesting illustrations come out of this client over the years, but the nature of the usage agreement only allows me to post them here after five years have passed. I’ll be posting more of these in the future as the time window expires.

I also had an assignment in February from my east coast newspaper client, something for the lifestyle section about ‘online gardening sites’. Once again the old Apple G-3 makes an appearance. (pictured below)

I also had a great deal of work for the ongoing ‘bible stories’ project that I’ve been working on for a local religious organization. I’m not bothering to post those illustrations quite yet, but may go through and pick out some good samples to post at a later date.

I also had an assignment from a client that I hadn’t heard from in quite a while, a midwest special interest magazine. This one was dealing with ‘grief counseling groups’.