18 July 2000

Book Harvest

The above illustration was for a jesuit publication in July. This was a cover illustration for a special issue entitled the 'fall book harvest'. I had a lot of fun with this one, despite the fact that it was rather time consuming and at times monotonous in the execution.
Another full page assignment is pictured below, this one for a midwest legal magazine. Not a particularly interesting concept or design (requested by the client), but I tried to make it as interesting as I could in the technique and colors.

The above spot illustration was for an east coast legal newspaper, having something to do with a conflict between the supreme court and congress (I don't remember the story exactly).

Below is another 'food illustration' for my east coast newspaper client. This one having to do with a form of Scottish potato pancakes.

Finally I had a rather text heavy concept to illustrate for a catholic magazine this month. I wasn't crazy about this one, but it surprised me by prompting a reprint request a month later for another publication. Hey, what do I know?

17 July 2000

Slavery Spots

For one of my children's magazine clients this month, I had an assignment to do a series of color spots portraying slave life in the Antebellum South. I approached these a little looser than I normally do, and I was quite pleased with how many of them turned out, looking more like traditional primitive woodcut illustrations than the more tightly rendered images I sometimes produce. I liked how I left a lot more white space around these images too, which helps the black 'pop' a little better.

10 July 2000

Misc Color assignments in July

I had a few nautical pieces this month for one of my children's magazine clients. This series of articles had to do with various aspects of the revolutionary war (secretly supplying the troops, unusual allies, etc). The illustration above was of a supply ship being unloaded (or loaded, not sure which) under cover of darkness, and the illustration to the left was a filler spot showing one of the supply ships under way. Below is a two page spread portraying the supplies being handed out to fresh recruits.

The above illustration was presumably for the same series of articles, and shows a clash between two sets of mercenary troops (if memory serves).

I also received a rather oddball assignment from an east coast College mouthpiece magazine in July, this was a pair of bookend illustrations portraying Carl Everett dressed in Harvard robes, and a Harvard prof (forget his name) dressed up in Red Sox garb. The whole assignment felt real awkward, and it shows in the illustrations.

The above illustration was for a catholic magazine client of mine that I've been working for since the early nineties, and I think this was the very first time that this client made use of my 'cartoon' style (previously all illustrations were done in scratchboard).
Below is another Michigan regional parenting publication assignment from my agent. This one was rather unusual, as they wanted me to provide them with 2 color separations for a color wash -- I've combined them here for the sample, but in delivering the work, I had to send them two separate files. One of the last times I've ever had to do this sort of thing, as this type of printing is rarely ever done anymore with the new digital processes.

Below is an assignment for my east coast newspaper client. This was to show the new concept of 'online banking'. Strange to think that only 8 years ago this seemed newfangled.