25 May 2002

Black and White Scratchboard


The above illustration on Putin and Bush's Nuclear gamesmanship was for an east coast newspaper editorial in May. Also this month, for the same client, was another editorial piece, pictured below, about the end of 'clean up work' at the 9/11 site.



The four spots above, were my first full month of 'health care' spots for my national newspaper client, that I began contributing to in April. I'm still getting used to working in such a small area, and the 'cow' piece is the first real step in the right direction as far as simplification goes.
For the same client, I also had a pair of 'bookend' illustrations for a sunday chart, pictured below. This was a piece on how the news affects stock prices. I seem to be using an awful lot of cartoonish 'anxiety lines' in my illustrations around this time.


I had a few black and white assignments this month from an educational publication. The above illustration had something to do with scrutiny, but other than that, I don't quite remember. Similarly, the topic of the illustration below also escapes me. (probably something to do with state government's education policies?)

10 May 2002

Color Scratchboard


Overall, the color scratchboards in May were turning out much better looking than the black and white pieces (see other posting for May). I had my second 'quarterly newsletter' assignment this month from my new corporate client. The illustration above was the large 'front page' picture, and then 3 others of varying sizes were to accompany the other lesser articles in the newsletter. The opening illustration was usually a 'forecast' type story, so I'm guessing that the news for investments this quarter was hopeful, as if we were 'seeing the light at the end of the tunnel'.
The other illustrations in the newsletter however seem to still be rather cautionary. I don't remember the exact slant of the 'banana' illustration, but it was probably something along the lines of 'watch your step', and the 'chicken' was to warn you of the dangers of 'keeping all your eggs in one basket' (a theme we would revisit again in the future more than once). And the one below, was something to do with 'protecting your estate'.

I had a rather unusual assignment from my national newspaper client this month. This one was for a science story about a brain implant that was used to direct the movements of a test rat, and they pretty much wanted an image of the rat in question, and supplied me with suitable reference materials. This was one of those fun situations in which I worked on the project in the afternoon, and then, the next morning, heard the same story being reported on NPR. I felt like I was on the cutting edge of the news.

Another 'animal' piece this month, was for an east coast newspaper cleint of mine. This was to accompany a recipe in the lifestyle section for 'beer can chicken', and, rather than just portray the actual food being prepared (which I'd done for this feature in the past), I thought I'd have a little fun with the concept. Ended up being one of my personal favorite illustrations of the year.


I was less pleased with how the above illustration turned out. For the same east coast newspaper client, this was to be a parody of the old '98 lb weakling' from the Charles Atlas ads, but with Tom Ridge. The layout was rather dull, being stuck with the stiff poses from that old cartoon, and the face didn't seem to fit the body in this case. It probably would have been funnier to parody the entire cartoon, and to make it actually look more like the original source material. Live and learn.
The spot to the left, was a small one for my national newspaper client. This was concerning ATM machines being put down in Mexico, but tied to US banks. This almost looks like early training for how the 'health care' spots would eventually turn into a couple years later.

The above piece for an east coast legal newspaper was another one that I was less than happy with. I don't remember who the subject was, but if one of them was supposed to be George W, then it was a pretty poor likeness. Interesting experiment with fading out the background characters to help the forward ones 'pop' a bit better.
The piece below, was another for my national newspaper client, this one about IPOs and federal regulations.

And finally, the illustration below, which was for my educational publication client. This one about different colleges cooperating with each other in some respect.

02 May 2002

Misc May Whatnots


Another strange 'puzzle page' illustration is pictured above, for my children's science magazine client.
I also had a series of 'voters' to draw along the bottom edge of a layout for another children's magazine from the same client this month. (pictured below)


Another unusual cartoon this month, was for a catholic magazine. I don't quite remember what the topic of this one was (polish bake sales?), but I did have fun with the layout and the frumpy old ladies.

I also had another color scratchboard piece for a jesuit magazine in May, this one having something to do with lay persons leaving the church (I think?)