26 November 2014

Website Facelift and Blog Relocation


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.

12 September 2005

Fall Mailing

In September, we sent out the second mailing of the year, a promotional postcard (4x6) that recycled a recent illustration that I had done that I thought showed a lighter and whimsical side of my scratchboard work.

05 September 2005

Newspaper Work

Had a number of assignments from various newspaper clients of mine during the month of September. The caricature of George Bush to the right was something to do with either his crumbling support in the Republican party, or to do with his crumbling legacy. Anyhow, something's crumbling. Not one of my best W likenesses, but I had a lot of fun with the pillar at the bottom. This one was for Newsday.

For the Wall Street Journal, I had the above 'stock ticker' illustration. I don't remember why it is full of water, but I like the simple image. Judging from the size and the fact that it is in black and white leads me to believe this was one of those Sunday 'chart accompaniment' illustrations.

The illustration above was for Barrons, a publication affiliated with the WSJ that I'd just started working for the previous month. I don't remember if this was one of my concepts or if this was supplied by the editors.
Another piece for the same client is below, this one I am pretty sure was an idea provided by the client. A little awkward, but I did the best I could to pull it off.

Also during this month, for Newsday, I had a series of small 'financial' cartoon spots for a lifestyle article. These concerned a variety of topics, money for schools, inheritances, severance packages, social security, etc. All tied together with that old cliche standby, the bag of money with a dollar sign on it.

I hadn't done a 'cartoon' piece in quite a while, and it was fun to go back and revisit this style which had at one time been a much bigger part of my regular business.

If I had to pick a favorite out of these five spots, it would have to be the 'inheritance' piece. Most of the rest of them were rather straightforward and dry, and I was pleasantly surprised that this rather macabre concept got by the editors. From a purely design and color standpoint, though, I think the 'college girl' was the most pleasing visually (following a close second, the 'retiree' with his glowing gold retirement watch).

I also had a few small 'health care' spots for the Wall Street Journal. These are usually about 'dubious health care claims', and I try to provide three concepts for each topic, some more goofy than others. Both of the ones chosen this month were fairly cut and dry and conservative. The one above about 'elderly eyesight problems', and the one below, was actually about a special brand of shoe.

14 August 2005

Black and White

With a new chief justice confirmed, I found myself with a daily assignment for Newsday about the confirmation hearings. Rather a difficult face to capture, but I think I nailed it pretty well.

And speaking of difficult faces to capture; for the same client I had another assignment featuring NY gov Pataki, who I have been assigned a few times before, and seem to have a difficult time with each and every illustration. Something about this guy's face, but he seems to look different in reference photos depending on what angle they shoot him, or whether he is smiling or frowning. Anyhow, something about his face gives me trouble. (I don't remember who the other guy was in this illustration, but I'm sure he was someone important in NY politics)

Another piece for the same client, involved orphans and something to do with their image as seen in popular culture. Gave me another chance to sneak in my dog 'Lady', who pops up a few times this month.

Another black and white rush job this month came from the Wall Street Journal, this being one of the earliest inklings of the coming 'burst housing bubble' that would make bigger news splashes in the coming years. Did a little collage technique with the 'house' in the balloon, manipulating a found photo, since I don't draw architecture all too well.