Poetry and Prose

Carus Publishing

I had a couple of assignments in March from my long time children’s publication client. These were for their ‘teenage’ periodical, and all the artwork that appears in this fiction digest are in black and white. The first was a short story for which I supplied three illustrations, and concerned a rather plain, slightly plump girl who has a bittersweet relationship with a boy. I did all these in a modified cartoon style with a grey wash. Looking back at them, I am struck by how ‘light’ the color scheme is, and would probably do it a little darker today.

Also, for the same issue of the same publication, I was given an assignment to illustrate a two page spread for a poem. This would be in a different style, so I chose to do these in scratchboard. I used myself and my cello for the the above illustration, and the one below was a combination of reference materials. The hardest part of this illustration was doing the swirling musical notes.

Corporate Work


These were a few illustrations that I did for AG Edwards during March. The usage agreement for most of the work that I did for this client was on a ‘5 year usage’ basis, so I’m only posting examples of this work as it becomes availabe once the time window has elapsed. The roller coaster illustration above was a colorized version of one I had done the previous month for this client.

Marching Along

ChronicleHE, Newsday, US Catholic, WSJ

The above illustration, done in a slightly different style than I usually do for this client, was for an east coast newspaper. The story was something about kids using the internet to find out about Iraq (if I remember correctly).

More computers above, for my educational publication client. This story had something to do with detecting misuse on library computers (I think). Thank goodness for copy and paste, although I mixed up the ‘wires’ in the back so they wouldn’t all be the same, in order to hide the shortcut.
Then there were my monthly quota of ‘health care’ spots for a regular column that I’ve been illustrating for about a year at this point. The topics were; antioxidant teas, baldness cures, sunshine, weight loss medications, and some sort of medical test (I don’t quite remember exactly).

For the same client, I had the illustration below on fearless war reporters, entitled ‘scud studs’.

I had a couple of assignments from a catholic magazine client of mine in March. One of them a full page illustration for a short story about a hispanic father and daughter, and a small cartoon spot about taking your kids to volunteer at homeless shelters.

I also had a rather unusual assignment from my east coast newspaper client. They wanted a bottle with a cork about to pop, with the UN logo emblazoned on the cork. The real challenge was trying to show a rather static image like a bottle and cork and try to show some action “about to happen”, not actually happening yet, mind you, but ‘about to’. I did this one in a mix of mediums, pastels, airbrush, colored pencils to achieve various effects.

Another One From the Archives


In my ongoing quest to chronicle my past 20 years of work, I’ve been using a variety of sources. A computer ‘datebook’ that I’ve been using for the past 4 years, my invoice files, and my digital archives (with files dated according to when they were last saved). Sometimes I miss a couple illustrations through oversight or overlap of these information resources (and frankly, I tend to forget what jobs I have done, even in as short a time as a couple of weeks). I ran across this one this morning that somehow slipped through the cracks when I was putting together the history of March of 03. This was a portrait assignment from a local religious organization. I don’t remember what the final purpose of this was, whether for their monthly magazine, or some sort of inhouse publication, and I’m not sure who these people even were.