Summertime and the drawing is easy

Barrons, ChronicleHE, WSJ

Height of summer and the jobs seem to be in the same ‘summertime mood’. The above illustration was a cover illustration for Barrons. The topic was tailor made for me, as this was where my head was at a lot of the time this summer (although my body didn’t always get to follow). Also learned that the art director is also a fellow sailor, and he plans on stopping by on his trip through the Great Lakes in a few years time. I’ll have the coronas iced and ready for him.

Even my regular ‘health column’ gig for WSJ seemed to know that it was the height of summer and gave me a piece on ‘swimmer’s ear’. (pictured, right) Aside from the becalmed sailboat assignment above, the same client gave me a few more projects during this two week span. A piece on ‘housing investment risks’ (below, left) and another one on plummeting stock prices (below, right)

Also, during this time, I was hard at work on a quartet of illustrations for AG Edwards’ quarterly newsletter. I don’t include samples of these illustrations in deference to the agreement with the client regarding usage.

The Chronicle of Higher Education handed me a couple of related spots for a pair of articles about connectivity and isolationism in the university realm, and after a series of sketches, we eventually settled on the pair that are pictured below. Like bears and bulls, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve drawn a mortarboard in the past 20 years.

The Wall Street Journal handed me a few assignments, aside from the usual ‘health care’ column (swimmer’s ear, above). A black and white spot to accompany a chart – another bull of course, plus another same day illustration around this time where I got to indulge in one of my least favorite subjects to draw; not one, but two cars. This one was supposed to portray an old time investor versus a couple of young west coast upstarts. I seem to be getting a little better at the cars, trying to find a good balance between accurate research into what cars really look like, and a slight bit of stylization in order to keep them from looking too static.

Besides bears, bulls, and mortarboards, another cliche I’d like to try and avoid in the future is the old tried and true ‘bag of money with a dollar sign on it’, but sometimes you just can’t avoid the cliche’s when they help get the point across in a quick and painless way.

A Break from the Usual

Dolan Media, Far East Economic Review, Llewellyn, Newsday, WSJ

A few projects in early July provided me with a healthy break from the same old routine. I got an assignment from Llewellyn Publishing, who I hadn’t heard from in nearly ten years to illustrate the cover of a book on the wiccan religion. The layout was pretty much done for me, but I had a bit of freedom to play around with the presentation and colors a bit. A fun project, and led to a series of black and white spots later in the year for the interior of the same book.

ADDENDUM (Jan 9, 2008): I just got my complimentary copies in the mail today for this book, and it looks pretty nice. Can be purchased at Amazon here.

Also, around this time, I received a commission to design and create the masthead for a stock certificate for Dolan Media, that was about to go public. This was the first time I’d ever been asked to do work of this type, and while it was a great deal of work, and went through a lot of revisions along the way, it was worth the trouble, and it turned out looking quite nice. I’m also including an enlarged image of the center section to better show the detail (and if I were to enlarge it even further, you would see that in several places throughout the illustration, some of the ‘dots and lines’ actually contain tiny little words and initials of all the people who worked on the project).
A pair of illustrations for the Far Eastern Economic Review from Hong Kong came over the weekend. An overview illustration of ‘biomedical and genetic research’ with an ‘asian twist’, plus a portrait for another article. I really have been enjoying doing the portraits for this client, faces and likenesses are my single favorite subject matter, and I never tire of them.

And during this time, I also completed a few pieces for the Wall Street Journal. The bi-weekly ‘health care’ column (this one on a special kind of gauze), and a black and white chart accompaniment; a pole vaulter, for a reason long forgotten. And sometime in the middle of the first two weeks of July, I also had a black and white same day illustration for Newsday; a piece on elder and in-home health care.