20 December 2001
The image above was one that I did recently for a national newspaper client that garnered a few nice phone calls and emails when it appeared in print, some asking for the chance to either buy the original (which, unfortunately, there isn't one), or to get an autographed copy of. I thought I might use this image as a postcard, since it seemed to touch a chord with a few people. The postcard that I sent out, was actually a color version of this illustration, but I've since misplaced the 'color digital file'. This would be one of the last postcards I would mail out for a number of years, until 2004, when a situation arose that prompted me to go out and 'rattle the bushes' in order to keep work coming in. I try not to let that much time pass between mailings these days.
18 December 2001
I had a series of cartoon spot illustrations in December Oxendine Publishing. These all concerned 'student government' in one way or another.
These are all good examples of my cartoon style circa 2001. As the years passed, these would get less and less 'cartoony' and the characters would become more realistic. I actually prefer these older ones, and should try to get back some of the loose and playful qualities of these earlier works.
I also had a series of smaller spots for the same client in December. These were to accompany little 'factoids' - little mini-articles on a variety of student/college topics. ( I see I managed to sneak in a reference to my old high school transportation here, a chevy vega, although mine never had an anarchy symbol on the hood) - the topics were (if memory serves): parking problems, feeding the homeless at the holidays, and rating your professors.
I also had a cartoon assignment for Newsday. This was for an article about 'working at home', and this could very well be a self portrait, except that it looks very little like me. (I also rarely work in my PJs) - The dog and the computer and the Fed X truck are all pretty accurate though. Back in those days, the Fed X truck was usually a major highlight of my day - not so much these days with everything handled by email.
The above 'sahara desert' border was for one of the Cobblestone Publishing family of magazines. I forget what the story was about (the desert, obviously, but other than that ...). Below is another assignment for the same magazine family, this one for a regular 'puzzle page' assignment that I frequently contributed to. A rather oddball 'story problem' assignment this month that involved music in some fashion. My goodness, look at those boots.
14 December 2001
9/11 continues to influence the editorial output, and I had a few Osama-ish illustrations for clients in December. The above illustration had something to do with disarming the Afghanistanis, and I had a 'whack a mole' type illustration for my national newspaper client. On the other side of the coin, I had a portrait assignment of our president, who was getting a lot of bad press due to his affiliations with his previous employer. Not a bad likeness on this one, but there's something goofy looking about his neck.
And from an economic standpoint, 9/11 still seems to be influencing the markets, as we can see from the illustration below. A lot of uncertaintly about the future, whether it will be a bear or bull market, and how we're 'not out of the woods yet'.
But elsewhere, time marches on. I had a rather dull 'computer' cover illustration for a special interest magazine. Rather poor color choices by me on this one.
Much better color choices in this rather unusual assignment to the left for a new client in December. This was something to do with the idea of 'harvesting medical talent', and was one of my better 'trees' in a while.
I also had a couple pieces for my educational publication client this month, both black and white, one of them to do with fraternities and the other one (with the crutches and broken bones) I don't quite remember what the story was about.
I also had an assignment this month for a jesuit magazine. This one was something to do with marketing and demographics.