End of Year Wrap Up

Harcourt Brace, Miami Herald, WSJ

Wanted to post my respects to a few giants in the illustration world who passed away in 2009. I have been an admirer of David Levine’s wonderful caricatures in the New York Review of Books for as long as I can remember. There’s a wonderful online gallery of his work posted at the NYRB site. Also this year, another immensely influential illustration icon from the sixties and seventies, Bernie Fuchs died in September. There is a nice gallery of his work at the Telluride Gallery.

I’ve been keeping pretty busy over the holiday break. I’m currently working on several illustrations for a book project. This was for an ongoing series of young adult books in which I’ve been asked to step in as a sort of ‘pinch hitter’ as my style is somewhat similar to the artist they were using previously. The illustration above is a color version of one of the 2 inside illustrations pictured below. I’m still working on two more of the interior pieces and will post them next week.

Another book project I kind of stumbled into this past month, was one for a previous client, who is helping out a celebrity friend in gathering several illustrators/caricature artists to portray the people mentioned in her anecdotes. I ended up doing a caricature of Steven Wright for the book (in black and white, and another version in color in case it needed to be included on the back cover). I also did a couple sketches of Joan Rivers, but they weren’t exactly what they were looking for. I’ve posted the Joan Rivers sketches, but will save the Steven Wright example for after the book gets published (along with more information on the book – where to buy, etc)

I also had an assignment for the Miami Herald last week, about young people entering the work force and having trouble finding affordable health care coverage. And below that, another health care spot for the Wall Street Journal.

It’s been an interesting 20 years, and looking forward to what the next decade brings.

Christmas Rush

AHMM, Barrons, Dover, St. Louis Magazine, WSJ

Been a very busy Holiday season. Several of the postcards that I’ve sent out over the past few months have started getting attention, and the docket is starting to get crowded with assignments and new clients. This past week I spent quite a lot of time working on more of the presidents for the Dover assignment (pictured below), and am getting close to the finish line with that one (6 more to go). This one has proven to be a lot of fun, especially with the chance to practically develop a new style because of it.
Above, is an illustration that I did on quick turnaround for Barrons this past week. This was a concept that I came up with for a story on investing in shaky regions of the world, which the article’s author described as ‘wild west investing’. Surprisingly, I was able to find very little photo reference for this particular pose (I assumed that google images would provide a mountain of material), so I ended up finishing it up without much in the way of photo reference help, and was quite pleased with how it turned out.

In addition to the presidential portraits, I also had an assignment for a new magazine client over the past weekend. These were a series of 6 ‘lawyer’ portraits for a feature article in St. Louis Magazine.

I also had a fiction assignment this week for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This one was a little odd, in that the whole ‘story’ was in the form of an email, and also involved several traditional clues and possible murder weapons, so I tried to make the computer the central focus (which also figured into the clues of the story), but also scattered around it several of the key clues and items and setting in the story, while at the same time portray the two main investigators in some way. I was pretty happy with the design.

And to cap the week off, yesterday I had a pair of assignments for the Wall Street Journal. The one above was about retirement investing, and the one below was a typical story for this time of year, sort of a recap of how investment predictions have gone over the past decade. (past decade? already? – that means I’ll be moving into my third decade at doing this in a few weeks)

Happy Holidays everyone – now back to work on those presidents…

A Year for Presidents

Barrons, ChronicleHE, Dover, WSJ

This certainly has been the year for me to practice my presidential likenesses. Starting off way back in September of ’08 I had a series of three ‘founding fathers’ portraits for a book cover for Barnes & Noble, which in turn led to a series of ‘presidential portraits’ for a local wooden toy manufacturer. I used those portraits on a self promotional postcard, which then led to the project I am currently working on. This is a set of presidential caricatures for a Dover publications sticker book. I’m about halfway through, and will post the rest of them later this month.

Earlier this week, I had an ‘online usage’ artwork assignment for the Chronicle of Higher Education, this one was about college professors and the troubles they experience when having to deal with students who aren’t quite ready for college level work.

And to start the week off, I had another of the Wall Street Journal ‘health’ spots that I’ve been doing for the past eight years.

The illustration below was one that I had for Barrons this week, and finished up earlier this morning. This was a challenging one, and it took several false starts before I could find a ‘treatment’ for the octopus skin that I was happy with.

December Off and Running

ABA, ChronicleHE, Far East Economic Review, WSJ

December is starting to shape up to be a pretty busy month. A new postcard just hit the mails the other day, and I’m already starting to get a few bites. The above illustration and the one below were both for my Hong Kong client earlier this week. The one above was a spot illustration and the one below was for the cover. And I reused the ‘starburst’ effect that I used on the ‘violin’ piece for a Wall Street Journal illustration yesterday (below).

Also this week I had an illustration for the Chronicle of Higher Education and below that, a cover illustration for the American Bar Association.