15 August 1994

Collaborative Book Project


This month I had a book project for Cobblestone Publishing, a client that I'd been doing magazine work for over the previous 2 years. This was a collection of Native American myths, legends and stories, and I was one of three 'scratchboard' artists assigned to different sections of the book. My illustrations take up the middle third of the volume and constituted about 25-30 illustrations. This book is still available on Amazon (link here) and was the winner of the 1995 Book Builder's of Boston Award for Excellence in Graphic Arts.

A few of the originals still survive (the frog, the wolf, the buffalo stampede), and others were scanned from a copy of the book in my collection. If I remember correctly, the image of the 'globe' below was reused by the client for xmas cards later in the year.

14 August 1994

Textbook Project


In the summer of '94 I had one of the biggest projects of my career so far. This was a catholic school textbook that would involve several color 'chapter opener' illustrations like the two color samples I've included here, plus a color cover spread across the front and back, plus several smaller black and white illustrations (something in the neighborhood of 30 or so), plus additional color inside pieces and a few large spreads. This project also involved a personal day long consultation and visit with the publisher in Minnesota, St Mary's Press, which was a new thing for me. A plane ride and night's stay in a local hotel, being shuttled around by the art director. Needless to say, this 'hermit in training' was a bit nervous. It wasn't nearly as bad as it would be today, as I still got out of the office occasionally to deal with local clients at the time, but I was still not quite prepared for so much personal face time all at once.

Most of the 'major illustrations' were roughed out on site during the board meeting (gave me something to do, and I have always been much better at communicating visually rather than verbally), and a recurring motif was discussed (the 'dove of peace') which popped up in one way or another in each of the main illustrations. I've still got most of the original artwork for this project, surprisingly enough, although I think I may have sold one of them to the art director as a keepsake (probably the cover spread). I've chosen a few of the better ones to post here by way of example. I no longer have a copy of the book, but it is still available on Amazon used (link here) or on eCampus (link here) where you can see a tiny version of the cover.


The black and white wash illustration below didn't scan too well. this was a two page spread illustration portraying a 'sustainable city' with wind generators, designer communities, etc, and was a late addition to the project, according to the invoices, being billed out nearer the end of the year while the rest of the book was billed out around this time.

13 August 1994

Children's Magazine Work


This was a story illustration for Cricket. I no longer have the original art to this one, but I've still got a copy of the magazine it appeared in, where these scans were taken from. This was a Native American legend that included a larger opening spread illustration, pictured above, and a smaller spot for the 3rd page, pictured below.

Below are a couple sample illustrations for the Christian Reformed Church's ongoing curriculum project that I did a lot of work for during the years of 93-96. (if my records are correct, these were from August of '94)