20 February 2002
I had a fun baseball poem to illustrate for a children's magazine this month. This was sort of reminiscent of the very first assignment I ever got from this client back in '89. Of course, I goofed up and left the 'batting helmet' off of the girl above in the first version of this illustration and it got sent back for revisions later in the month. I should have known they would be sticklers for those kind of 'safety details' (every time you drawn someone on a bike, they need a helmet - if they are on skates, they need elbow pads, knee pads and helmets). Safe, to be sure, but not particularly enjoyable to look at or draw. My reasons for leaving it off in the first place, was purely for aesthetic reasons. I liked the shape of the hat on the girls' head. I liked seeing more of her hair. I was a baseball coach for a few years around this time, and I was well aware of batting helmets. Anyhow... I include them both here, just because I still liked the original one better.
18 February 2002
Two years into this current president's administration, and I'm still struggling with his likeness. I had three opportunities to practice up this month, two of them for an east coast newspaper client, and another one for a legal newspaper. The best one was above, and the other two, while slightly recognizable are less successful attempts at the 'bush face'.