25 May 2003

Newspaper Spots

All the illustrations in this blog posting were for the same national newspaper client in May of '03. The above piece was a same day assignment, but I don't quite remember the slant of the story.

I also had my usual quota of 'health care' spots. A weekly column that I had been contributing to for about a year at this point. These were usually stories about 'dubious health claims', and the columnist would weigh the pros and cons of each. I usually provide 3 sketches for each story, some of them more outrageous, some of them rather conservative, and the editors pick which one for me to finish. The topics this month were: 'pesticides and kids', 'tooth extraction', 'sugar substitutes' and 'virus attacks'.

The 'trained falcon' illustration to the left was another spot for the same client. I don't quite remember the topic of this one, but I liked how it turned out. The 'lawyer's desk lamp' made a nice perch for these 'attack lawyers' (if that's what they were supposed to be).

Another one for the same client, was the illustration below. A rather dull (I thought) concept involving microchips swarming over a portion of the globe. I wasn't completely happy with how this turned out, but strangely enough, I got a call from someone at the corporate offices of the company pictured in the illustration after the illustration ran in the paper, and they wanted me to send them either the original (which doesn't really exist, since I draw digitally), or a signed print (which I happily provided them with).

Another quickie piece for the same client is pictured at right. This one of an investor doing the high dive into an improbably small bucket. I don't remember the concept for this one, but it was probably about 'long shots' or 'taking risks' or something like that.

And then, finally, another piece for the same client, this one no doubt about scrutiny or accountability, or something along those lines.

10 May 2003


I had a couple maps for my children's magazine client in May. The one above was a two page spread having to do with dams or locks along the Nile River. Type was supposed to overlap certain portions of the illustration, thus the 'sandstorm' along the left edge of the spread.

Then, another map, for a different magazine, but the same client, was this map of the southeast United States, having to do with a certain indian tribe and their area of concentration.
Then, same client, but again a different publication, this one a science magazine for kids, that I provided a 'puzzle page' illustration for every month. This one had to do with a series of rooms and surveillance microphones placed in certain locations.

Then I had a couple cartoon illustrations for a couple different clients during the month of May. The one pictured below, was for a catholic publication, and was rather fun in a strange way. This one involved families getting personally involved in every aspect of funeral planning, and they wanted something a little lighthearted in approach to this somber subject.

Then, for an east coast newspaper client of mine, I had the illustration below, something for the lifestyle section about dating or relationships or something (I forget exactly what the topic was). I don't know what it is, but I particularly liked the layout and character design of this one. Fun expressions and body language, a simple design and execution and nice colors. I didn't 'overwork it' for once.

02 May 2003

Another one for May

Ran across another illustration for May of '03. This was for a new client (and so far, it has remained a 'one shot' assignment), and I seem to remember it had something to do with a 'graphic arts assembly line'. Of course, many of these graphic arts techniques are no longer actually in use, as most of this sort of work is done on a computer nowadays, but it was fun to portray a piece of my own personal history, as this was the sort of work I started out doing back in the late seventies.