Investment Spots

AG Edwards

A few more ‘investment’ illustrations for AG Edwards. Due to the usage agreement, I am posting these illustrations only after five years have passed. The firm was eventually bought out by another company sometime in 2007, so I suppose it no longer even matters, but I’ll continue to honor my end of the agreement regardless.

From the Sketchbook


Unlike a lot of ‘artists’, I don’t normally keep a regular ‘sketchbook’ regimen. At the end of a hard day of drawing pictures, the last thing I want to do is draw something else in my spare time. But I’ve frequently thought that it would probably be a good idea if I did. It would no doubt improve my eye, increase my visual vocabulary, and might even be theraputic on certain levels (i.e. drawing something that I don’t HAVE to draw). In the fall of ’03 I picked up a blank book at the book store and took it and a couple ink pens with me on a camping trip, and during some down time, did these two ink sketches. Unfortunately, I’ve barely touched the book since. I really should knuckle down and get back into it. These were both from a campground near Traverse Bay.


Carus Publishing, Cobblestone, Newsday

August of ’03 was the last significant month of ‘map making’ on a large scale. Cobblesone, a children’s educational magazine publishing company that I had been working for since the early to mid nineties underwent a corporate merger, and the parent company started cutting corners every which way they could. I guess my maps were part of those cut corners. The map below was the last of the ‘middle east’ assignments for this year for Faces magazine (Cobblestone’s geography publication). The map above was a piece on Long Island dining, for Newsday.

For the same children’s publisher, but a different publication (don’t remember exactly), I had the map below, showing different concentrations of Islam around the globe.

And then, while not a map, the piece below was another ‘puzzle page’ assignment for the same company’s ‘science magazine’, Oddysey. This was more in the line of a ‘story problem’, as opposed to the more ‘puzzle’ or ‘mazelike’ illustrations I sometimes do for this feature.

Newspaper Work

ChronicleHE, Newsday, WSJ

The above piece about Mexican exports to Spain was for the Wall Street Journal. Was fun doing a Spanish galleon, even if I had to tart it up with dollar signs and a ‘mexico’ label on the back (and flags for good measure).
For the same newspaper client, I had my monthly quota of ‘health care’ spots for a column that I contribute to once a week. The topics this time were ‘botox treatments’, ‘oxygen bars’, ‘computer eye strain’, ‘home BP tests’, and ‘bloodless surgery’. The ‘surgery’ one didn’t seem overly exciting at the time, but I ended up choosing some real nice colors for it, and it seems to really pop out of the page.

The piece below, for the same client, was a rather odd one, something to do with beatniks sitting around coffee shops looking at the want ads, but other than that, I dont’ remember the slant of the original article.
Another piece for the same client is at right. Probably a piece about severance packages, or something to that effect. I remember the paper being rather touchy about ‘airplane’ related concepts around this time, still reeling from 9/11, and having to change the original ‘airplane’ to a ‘blimp’ as a compromise.

The piece above was for Newsday, a full page cover for the financial section. I remember the ‘money’ road being quite time consuming, but I’m glad I spent the time to alternate the dollars between fronts and backs in a random pattern. This could have looked very mechanical and stiff if I hadn’t. Rather than draw all the little ‘dollars’, I just used a ‘collage’ technique. These days I would probably send those dollar images through a ‘woodcut’ filter first, so they blended better with the scratchboard style.

The piece to the left was for the Chronicle of Higher Education. I thought I handled the depth of field aspect of this one nicely, using some scratchboard rake techniques in the background.

The piece below was another same day illustration for Newsday. This one had something to do with ‘unions’.