November Greasy Kid Stuff

Adventure House, Carus Publishing, Cobblestone

Above was another of my ‘puzzle page’ assignments for Oddysey magazine (Cobblestone). This looks quite complex, but it was actually a lot of fun to put together; an arial view of a bunch of city buildings and streets, numbered for some reason that had to do with the accompanying story problem.
It sort of reminds me of a computer game I designed for my son to play back in the early nineties where you had to drive a little yellow vw bug around town, making stops at various locations in order to ‘do your errands’. It was called ‘Bugsy Goes to Town’ and I’m not sure if you can still find it in the freeware libraries of AOL, but it was a very crude attempt on my part to learn the ‘C’ programming language.
The spots sprinkled around are from a series of 20 or so spots that I was asked to do for Adventure House Publishers to go in a textbook of some sort. Most were quite small (the examples here are actually increased in size from the originals), and had to do with various activities and story problems.

Also this month, I had a small illustration for Footsteps magazine (Cobblestone). This magazine specialized in African American history, and this was a story about a slave who would go around spreading news to farm workers through coded songs and verse.

Misc November Work

AHMM, ChronicleHE, Legal Times, Newsday, US Catholic, WSJ

The above illustration was for the Chronicle of Higher Education, and was a long horizontal that stretched across the top of a newspaper tabloid sized page.
Below was an illustration for what was once a regular customer of mine back in the 90s, Legal Times, a newspaper out of Washington DC. I used to do pieces almost on a weekly basis for this client, but then a change of personnel diminished that workload to an assignment once over couple of months, and it gradually dwindled down to nothing by the following spring.

Above are four ‘health care’ column spots for November for the Wall Street Journal. The topics this time were; ‘hand sanitizers’ (sneaking in a self portrait in hiking gear), ‘fountain of youth medication’, ‘safe sealants for children’s play areas’ and ‘foot care’.

I also had a series of very tiny black and white spots for this same client during the month of November. I dont’ quite remember what they were all about, but I suspect they were for some sort of article discussing various ‘economic indicators’. The were quite possibly the smallest spots I’ve ever had to do, most of them only measuring 3/4 of an inch square in size (enlarged slightly here for this blog).
The only somewhat ‘large’ assignment this month from this client, was a piece on ‘online dating sites’ pictured below.

A piece for US Catholic about different versions of the painting ‘Madonna and child’, gave me an opportunity to ape a couple of artistic styles, and do a couple caricatures to boot.

The piece below was for Newsday, a lifestyle section piece about holiday preparations (who sits where, having enough tables for a large crowd, etc).

And then, finally, another fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This one was a departure for me and my usual ‘dark’ treatments for this publication. A rather sunny and bright illustration about a woman who moves into a house with a pool where a murder was committed by the previous tenants. At this time in the magazine’s design, they would frequently include the title and author text in among the illustration, thus the white space at the top, fading out.

Christmas Card

Charles Masson

These two cartoons were for a christmas card for a private law firm client in New York. (sort of plagiarizing the ‘New Yorker’ ‘Lassie Get Help’ joke) He would go on to use me every Christmas for a card design for the next three or four years.

Quarterly Newsletter Gig

AG Edwards

These were a series of illustrations for AG Edwards, for their quarterly newsletter. These generally had to do with investing and savings, with only slight variations from quarter to quarter depending on the current financial situation. I have been saving illustrations from this particular client to post until a 5 year window has passed, due to usage arrangments I made at the time these were contracted.

Bible Stories


Another ‘bible study curriculum’ project for the Christian Reformed Church came due in November. This one was about 20 ilustrations, of which I’ve included several by way of example.