20 June 2002

Maps 'n Trains

Had a few map assignments in June of '02. One of which came from an unlikely corner of my client base. The map to the left was for a travel article in an east coast newspaper. They asked for something sort of loose and fun, including a few small vignettes and icons, and hand lettered labels (which I'm never very comfortable with, but these turned out alright).

Another Roman/Mediterranean map assignment came from the usual children's magazine client (pictured below). This was a historical map showing the extent of the Roman Empire at a certain point in history.

Below that, is another map for the same client, but a different publication. This was a rather complicated region map of India, showing different regions and borders, and who knows what all else. A lot of work, and didn't end up looking all that nice when I finished it. Not the kind of maps I really like doing, I prefer something with a bit of life to it, topographical details, looser design, ... this one just felt like a chore from beginning to end.

The train illustration below, had to do with a notable accounting firm that was going through rough times, and was for a national newspaper client of mine. This was the sole color scratchboard assignment that I had during this month, everything else being in black and white.

I also had a job this month for a book publisher, according to my invoice records, but for some reason I can't seem to find the corresponding artwork files for it. I may check my hard copy backup files later to see if I can't locate the art and post it later. This was a french textbook, and probably was a bunch of cartoon spot illustrations, although I barely remember even doing this project.

05 June 2002

Black and White in June

The five spots above were the second full month of 'health care' spots for my national newspaper client, having just started contributing to this regular feature in April. Still getting used to working on such a small scale, and some of them looking better than others. I also had a series of small spot illustrations for my educational publication client this month. Also all in black and white and rather small in size. These were to decorate a special educational funding supplement, and were all basically variations on a common theme.

I also had another fiction assignment for my long time 'mystery digest' client. I don't remember the story on this one, but I do remember that back then, the title and author would frequently appear at the top of the illustration, which is why I would fade out the upper portion of the drawing in most cases (or fade to black and let them reverse out the lettering).

The illustration to the left was for my national newspaper client, and I don't quite remember what the topic was (I don't think it was baseball, at least implicitly). Back around this time, I was coaching a little league team, and I would frequently use any excuse to draw a baseball concept, just like how later on I would use any excuse to draw a sailboat.