25 June 2003
The piece above, on 'rebuilding Iraq' was one of several spots for my national newspaper client in June. The 'three legged race' concept was one suggested to me by the editors.
For the same newspaper, I had my monthly quota of 'health care' spots. The topics were; migraine headaches, baby formula, ecxema medications, tanning lotion and antioxidant benefits of certain fruits.
I also had an unusual spot for the 'employment' section of the paper, this one about a hiring agency for 'party entertainers'. (pictured below)
Then, another spot for the same client. I don't quite remember the topic of this one.
20 June 2003
I'm not sure, but there might have been a special supplemental section for Newsday in June of '03. I have a series of spot illustrations, that all seem to have something to do with retired persons in one way or another, and they might have all been for the same article, although a few of them are in a different style (like the stork illustration above). The illustration above, if I remember correctly, was about older Americans having children well into their retirement years.
The illustration at left, also seems to be featuring an older gentleman, this one being about online dating. Plus, there were a few other 'cartoon' style illustrations this month (all titled similarly in my archive file), one of them featuring an older woman with a overabundance of pets, and another 'computer themed' illustration featuring a guru on a mountaintop (although this one doesn't seem to be featuring a 'retiree' - that is, unless the guru is retired...).
I also had another spot for the same client this month, in which I used a much different style than I've attempted before or since. Using a 'watercolor' wash technique, and keeping the illustration rather light and realistic, I tried for something a little more sensitive than the usual. This one was something for the lifestyle section, having to do with terminally ill family members. I'm not exactly happy with how it turned out, probably why I never went back to this technique again (at least this light and pastel colored).
Then, pictured at the bottom of the entry, is a black and white illustration that I did for the Chronicle of Higher Education. This one having something to do with separating education from government control (or something like that). I had a lot more fun drawing the hands, than I did drawing the buildings.
18 June 2003
All the spots on this page were for a 'World History Timeline' poster for a children's magazine publisher. I had another one the following month (US History Timeline). Like the other project, I approached these spots with a scattergun of styles, some color, some black and white, some detailed, some stylized, paints, watercolors, scratchboard, cartoon - All as a way of adding a bit of pizazz and variety to the layout. I won't bother labelling all the spots here, but will leave it as a sort of quiz: how many of these important historical personas and events can you identify?