Cartoons in April

Adventure House, Newsday

I had the above illustration assignment in April from Newsday. This would be a full page cover for the lifestyle section to accompany an article about Martha Stewart. The idea I had was to show the Martha persona as a ‘paper doll’ design, and I thought it interesting to try and capture a Martha Stewart likeness without actually showing her face.

Also during April I had a large project for Adventure House Publishing in which I was to provide a series of about 20 spots for different sections of an activity book. I’ve decided to only post a sampling of the illustrations from this project, since they were all fairly similar. A few of them were to show ‘hobbies/activities’ like the ‘violin player’ at left and the ‘hiker’ on the right.

Other spot illustrations in this project were a series of scenes from different locations, like the ‘movie theater’ or the ‘bus stop’ pictured below. Then there were also a series of bw/wash pieces that focused on certain items, like the ‘hiking boots’ and there was also a series of bw pieces showing the different steps to ‘making an omelette’. I never quite found out what book these appeared in, and I got the impression that I was only one of several illustrators hired to fill out this textbook project.

Investment Art

AG Edwards

All the illustrations in this post were for the investment firm AG Edwards done during 2004. At the time, our agreement was for a 5 year usage of these illustrations, so I’ve held back on posting them until the time period has elapsed. At this point, however (2010), since the firm is no longer in business, I think I’ll start posting the rest of the illustrations for 2005 and 2006 at my earliest convenience and put them into the ‘reprint mill’.
Most of these were for a quarterly newsletter, that usually involved an overview of the market, a smaller article about retirement accounts and a few others on various subjects. It was usually quite similar from quarter to quarter, and so a challenge to keep coming up with fresh approaches to the same subject matter (while at the same time, doing similar work for other financial clients).

Scratchboard Assignments in April

ChronicleHE, Legal Times, WSJ

Above are the monthly quota of ‘health care’ spots for the weekly column that I illustrate for the Wall Street Journal. When I started doing this column back in ’02, this was primarily a black and white assignment, and then as it progressed, I gradually would get a request to ‘finish it up in color’ once in a while. These days (in ’07 I routinely give them both a color and a bw version, but I never know which one will ultimately run, and sometimes the color version will appear as a teaser on the front page). The small spot to the right was for the same client, and had something to do with genetics and the possibility of ‘dinosaur cloning’.

The above illustration was for the same client, and seems to warn of storm clouds on the horizon, perhaps an early warning about the housing crunch that would hit in a few years. The illustration to the right was something to do with either rising or sinking interest rates.
The illustration below looks as if it could have been for the same newspaper, but in fact this one was for the Chronicle of Higher Education. I don’t quite remember what it was about, perhaps tuition or scholarships or something like that.

One other notable milestone for April, was the last illustration I would do for Legal Times in Washington DC. I had been doing fairly steady work for them since the early 90s, but then when the art director I dealt with moved on to another job, the work continued but at a much slower pace, gradually dwindling down to a single assignment every three or four months. Eventually they stopped calling. Not sure why. Could have been a change in designers, or cutbacks in illustration usage.