26 November 2014

Website Facelift and Blog Relocation

THE BLOG HAS MOVED AS OF NOVEMBER 2014

Three years since I've relocated this blog to my new website. I've been fairly happy with the new platform, and I've been slowly moving the older posts from this site over into an archive at the new location (as of March of 2017, I've managed to move almost 9 years worth of posts over to the new site, and the process continues). The art samples are much bigger, and the interface is much cleaner and integrates directly into my personal site. New posts are now found at www.timfoley.com, with the most recent blog post on the main menu page, and various archives available under the menu bar.

07 May 2009

Flood waters receding


This cover above, for the Library Journal, was one of my more interesting assignments in recent memory. A mixture of old world style scratchboard with modern digital equipment, and, like most magazine covers, trying to keep things interesting yet unobtrusive in areas where type will be overlaid. I had a lot of fun with this one, and I've also included a larger version which can be viewed by clicking on the above image.

I also had an illustration for the Chronicle early last week, which is pictured below.

Things have slowed down a little bit here in the first week of May, or just seems like it, because I've several projects on the board with generous deadlines. Been nice to have a little free time to go out and enjoy this beautiful spring weather. We had a bit more rain than usual in April, and the river is just now starting to recede, leaving me with a big clean up job in the back yard.

28 April 2009

Rained in

A lot of rain the past few weeks, and the river has once again spilled out of its banks (third time this spring). It's just as well, because I've been spending a lot of time recently indoors at the drawing board. Below is one of two illustrations for the Far Eastern Economic Review that I completed over the weekend. Below that is another cover illustration for the same client. Another of those that needed to be drawn in two stages and given to the client in pieces so that they could rearrange as needed for their layout purposes.


Last weekend I completed the cover illustration for an upcoming coffee table book on veterinary medicine. I'll also be doing several inside spot illustrations later this spring for this same project.

I also had several illustrations for the Wall Street Journal over the past few weeks. One of my usual 'health care spots' is pictured below (something about acai berry cosmetics - they surprised me this week by choosing one of my more 'goofy' concepts). Also on monday I had a bonus rush assignment for the same publication, something to do with 'stress test' ratings for banks. (I actually preferred my other concept for this one, but maybe I can file away the idea and use it elsewhere). Below that is another assignment for the same newspaper that I completed last week (another one where I preferred one of my other sketches).



Now back to work, a few more deadlines looming later in the week. When it rains, it pours.

26 April 2009

Getting the Bugs Out

At some point during the past two months, I worked on a series of simple 'bug' illustrations for a set of wooden blocks, to be manufactured by a local toy company. The big challenge with these, was in boiling each bug down to its simplest elements to keep the details from overwhelming the design, and despite the various sizes and complexities of each of the bugs, try to keep them all of a similar size, look, and feel, and to make them 'look cute', to quote my client's instructions. (some were more challenging than others, like say, the centipede, or the earwig). They will be printed in two colors (not sure exactly what colors, but I've added some spot color to these samples), and I'm not sure how many of these will actually be used in the set (originally it was going to be a set of 12 bugs, but I ended up doing 16 different designs). As soon as I get word on where these can be purchased, I'll be sure and post a link, they would make nice gifts for young children (I've worked with this company before, and they always turn out a nice high quality product).