Black and White

AHMM, Newsday, WSJ

The illustration above was for my national newspaper client, and concerned a rash of carjackings taking place down in South America. Below is a similar sized black and white illustration for a different east coast newspaper, this one about teens emulating dangerous behavior they see on television.

The five illustrations above were my monthly allotment of ‘health care’ spots for my national newspaper client. These early spots seem to struggle with an understanding of how small these spots really are, and I frequently try to squeeze way too much information into the postage stamp size. I’m certainly glad they stuck with me long enough to figure this out.

The illustration below was for a rather unusual article in an educational publication. The story concerned invasive species, specifically a certain ‘snake head fish’, but why he is popping out of a computer at a professor, I really don’t remember.

The piece to the right was another small spot for my national newspaper client, this one to accompany an article about dangerous ‘tech stocks’ that may blow up in your face (thus the grenades), but why there are horseshoes laying around, I really don’t know.

Below is another fiction piece for my long time ‘mystery digest’ client. This was one of the ‘smaller’ sized illustrations that were quite common in the early years of working for this client, which later evolved into the standard ‘full page’ pieces that I’ve done for the past 5 years. This one is also unusual in the amount of white space that I used, but with the action taking place on a beach, the options were limited. The trick was to try and portray ‘sand’ in a close up manner with scratchboard. I ended up using a light airbrush spatter, not sure if I was entirely successful with my efforts.


Carus Publishing, CRC, Newsday

Above is an illustration for my east coast newspaper client. This was a story about family vacations. One of those fun ‘busy’ layouts where I can hide a lot of details throughout (my dog ‘Dinky’ makes a cameo appearance)

Another cartoon style illustration this month was for a children’s science magazine, and a ‘puzzle page’ feature that I regularly contribute to. This was a rather strange and convoluted story problem, involving aliens melting the polar ice caps and giraffe buried in the sand (don’t ask).

Also, this month I had another batch of ‘bible stories’ for a local religious organizations’ curriculum. This was an ongoing 3-4 year project, and at this point in my archives, I’ve lost track of which particular batch of 20 or 30 drawings I was working on, so I’m going to start just picking out a couple random samples to post by way of example – below is a sample from the ‘adam & eve’ batch, and one from the ‘noah’s ark’ batch.

Anatomy Lessons

AG Edwards, Newsday, US Catholic, WSJ

I was given a ‘book review’ illustration to do by my east coast newspaper client in August, and the book was about a hermaphrodite, so I had the idea of taking a few greek statues and mixing up the parts, which the AD gave the go ahead to. I did the finish, but then the editors got a look at it, and objected to the penis, so I had to do some rearranging to make it “less noticable”. I fixed per their request, but all the same I was scratching my head about what the revised illustration now had to do with the story. I liked the original better, so I had the foresight to save both versions. I thought I’d post both of them here. The one below is the illustration that got published.

Above is an illustration on ‘bonds’ for my national newspaper client. Also, in a ‘investment’ vein, are a few illustrations for an in-house newsletter for a corporate client of mine that I had just started working with this year. From the looks of the illustrations, I’d guess that the financial outlook is looking rather bleak for the forseeable future.

These ‘newsletter’ projects were a regular quarterly affair, and each contained either 3 or 4 illustrations, all pertaining to different aspects of investments, taxes, retirement, trust funds, etc. One large main illustration (pictured below, the businessmen walking along the rocky terrain), plus a few smaller spots (the hourglass, the waterfall, the tightrope)
The tightrope walker was popular enough, that I was asked to recreate it a few months later in a larger format for a different usage.

The boardroom meeting illustration above, the ‘everglades’ illustration to the left, and the ‘uncle sam in a bathtub’ illustration below, were all for my national newspaper client in August. A rather busy month for this client, when you also take into account the regular health care spots and a few other assorted black and white pieces that I posted in a separate entry this month.

I also had an assignment for my east coast newspaper client around this time, this one being a color piece on the endlessly ongoing Israel/Palestine conflict.
The illustration below was another scratchboard piece for a catholic magazine.