Dead Guy Specialist


For a while, Newsday seemed to consider me their ‘go to’ guy for quick portraits of the recent famous deceased. I had done a portrait a while back of Pope John Paul, and Billy Graham, and this month I got one of Richard Pryor (which has been the most fun so far). I don’t mind this continuing trend whatsoever, I really enjoy doing portraits, and wouldn’t mind doing little else.

And, while, technically, the other portrait I received this month from the same client doesn’t actually depict a ‘dead guy’, it seems to follow in the general spirit of the previous treatments. I remember getting direction from the client after seeing my sketch, that they didn’t want the new pope to look ‘quite so evil’. I remember this being quite a challenge, because I couldn’t find a photo reference for the guy that DIDN’T look ‘quite so evil’. Well, I tried.

New Children’s Magazine Client


In December I heard from a new children’s magazine client, ‘Clubhouse’ (Focus on the Family) and I got a few assignments from them for an upcoming issue. A cover and inside full page illustration for a story about the young Jackie Robinson, and a series of tiny spot illustrations to go with a ‘rebus’ activity in another part of the magazine. It was interesting working in both of these extremes of available space. I thought they both turned out quite nice, although of the two JR pieces, the one above, I felt turned out more successfully than the one below.

Holiday Workload

AHMM, Barrons, WSJ

The rest of December was mostly made up of my regular clients. The Wall Street Journal kept me pretty busy. The above illustration had something to do with the US Congress (for a quickie, I really liked how this one turned out, nice simple concept, and a powerful image, even if I can’t quite remember what the topic was exactly). I had a few ‘health care’ column spots over the course of the month. December seems to routinely bring an article about ‘winter colds and flus’ (and my dog ‘Lady’ made another guest appearance – actually two this month, as you will see further down the page).
The ‘health care’ spot to the right had something to do with hoodia cactus as a weight loss treatment.

A couple small black and white spots came across the desk from the same client. One of a stop watch, (again, don’t remember the article to which it pertained), and another one about hybrid cars (both pictured below)

Also, from the same client, was a color spot that also featured my dog ‘Lady’. And once again, I’m afraid the subject of this illustration escapes me. Perhaps it was something to do with ‘working at home’. One of those topics I’m quite familiar with (and this could be a daily scene here in the Foley household, except that I don’t work from the dining room table) (pictured below)

Barrons gave me a series of assignments in December, two having to do with ‘target practice’. One of them concerned the commercial real estate market, and the other was about the Chinese Yen. The ‘shooting arcade’ illustration turned out the best of the two, I thought. I liked how I used a single tone to separate the foreground character from the busy decorative background. The ‘yen’ arrow seemed a bit of a stretch on the other illustration, and it just felt a bit awkward to me.
The ‘changing of the guard’ illustration to the left was another assignment from the same client, as was the ‘ship christening’ illustration below. Once again, I don’t quite remember what the article was about with either of these illustrations.

The illustration below was for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This was a departure from the usual ‘noir’ pieces I usually illustrate, this one being a somewhat tongue in cheek mystery set in a travelling carnival among the world of the ‘carnies’. (this one prompted a nice note from the author). This was also a bit different than my usual scratchboard technique, where I also used a bit of photo manipulation and collage (in the stuffed animals, and in the ferris wheel in the background), a bit of different textures here and there (the ground, the lettering of the sign), and the incorporation of more ‘text’ than I usually use.