15 July 1994

Mystery projects


I could find no records for either of these illustrations. Judging from the style and presentation I would hazard a guess they were from the mid-90s, perhaps for Legal Times.

Also in July, picked up a couple new magazine clients; Inside Sports and The Futurist. Don't quite remember either of the jobs, and while the Futurist called back a couple times with repeat business, neither client hung around for long.

15 June 1994

Back to the Future


You know you are digging deep into the archives, when you find an illustration like this. This was for the Chronicle of Higher Education, and went with a story about libraries computerizing their 'card catalogs'. Hard to believe that we were still looking books up in card catalogs as late as this, but come to think of it, I do remember looking up some reference material in this way for a few of my earlier jobs. This was another of the originals spared from my regular 'purges of the flat files' returned to me by the client in the summer of '07 after languishing in one of their forgotten cupboards.

The piece below is a sample of several illustrations I did this month for the Christian Reformed Church's ongoing curriculum project.

12 June 1994

Mystery Spots


These are a series of four spots that I found in the archives, but I'm not really sure where they belong. From the style and presentation, I'd guess they were sometime from the mid-nineties. They might have been part of the St Mary's Press book projects from the summers of '94 & '95, but I could be wrong. The spots below were probably also from the same batch.

10 May 1994

Never Used


This was a unpublished postcard illustration that I never ended up using. I found this in the flat files and I'm not sure exactly when it was I painted this one, but if I had to guess, I'd say it was sometime in '94 or '95, when I was doing more of this 'acrylic' style.

15 April 1994

Primitive Early Painting

The illustration to the left was another scratchboard assignment for the Chronicle of Higher Education. This was one of a batch of illustrations that were recently returned by the client when they were cleaning out their offices and found an envelope of my artwork (late '07).

The illustration below was one of the earliest examples of an 'acrylic painting' style that I was experimenting with, as a replacement for pastels, which were much harder to send to clients, and generally much messier to archive and store. This one was for The Worldwide Church of God for their 'Plain Truth' magazine. This one is rather primitive, but by the next year, I was improving my skills in this medium and used it for a multi-image book project.


Also this month, and the month before, I started doing some work for a Pennsylvania advertising firm, Ball Advertising. I started out doing a packaging illustration for an ice cream company (Kemps), and it would grow to a quarterly newsletter assignment over the next couple years. I don't remember what any of this artwork looked like, as the originals were never returned, and I never saw any of the final printed pieces.

Other new clients this month included Mature Living magazine and Christian Home & School, a local parenting publication who would go on to be a fairly steady client in the coming years.

13 April 1994

Various Cartoon Spots


The color spots in this posting were all done for the Christian Reformed Church for their ongoing school curriculum project during the 90s. A few of them were probably dated around April of '94, but some of them I'm unsure of when they were published.