18 December 2003
An appropriate and timely assignment from Newsday is pictured above. One of several larger sized illustrations I did this month, this one to accompany a lifestyles section article about 'christmas pageants'. I returned to an old style that I haven't used in quite a while, soft pastels, and much darker than I usually dare myself to go. The dark/light contrast really helped focus the central point of the illustration and helped pop out the little girl in the angel wings at the front of the stage.
Above is pictured another one of my 'fiction pieces' for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. I don't recall the story on this one, other than the fact that it featured an old spooky house.
Another large sized piece in December was the one above for the American Bar Association. A full page illustration in which I believe is the very first time I used this particular technique in portraying a curved surface (I would get better at it with practice over the coming years). It involves taking a series of parallel lines and opening them up in photoshop and using the 'spherize' filter on them, and then bring them back into my paint program and manipulating the curved lines, either colorizing them or overlapping several layers of them and using the airbrush to doctor them up a bit. It is a bit more work, but well worth the effort.
The above map was another 'larger sized' assignment I had this month. This was for Cobblestone and concerned the Lewis and Clark expedition, focusing in on all the 'wildlife' they encountered along the way. It is too hard to see on this small reproduction, but I had several small vignettes along the 'path' indicating many different types of fauna in the regions where they were likely to be encountered. This map appeared in the magazine as a two page spread.
12 December 2003
In addition to all the rest of the work for the month of December, I also had due another of my 'bible study' curriculum projects for the Christian Reformed Church. This batch contained about 25 illustrations, mostly large poster sized images (11x17 or larger) of particular bibles scenes or activities related to this period's topics. I've chosen some samples to give a feel for the project. A lot of crowds of bearded individuals wearing robes. I do believe I have a pictoral representation of nearly every scene in the bible somewhere in my archives, once you add together all the projects I've done for this client and a few others.
06 December 2003
The above illustration, while not for a 'children's publication', featured a kid in a classroom setting. One of two 'blackboard' illustrations I had this month (funny how these things frequently come in groups), this one for US Catholic magazine (I don't remember the slant of the story).
The other 'blackboard' illo was actually a portion of a logo for a NY designer, something to do with some sort of medicine or supplement for a corporate client.
02 December 2003
One of the charming aspects of encroaching old age, is the memory problems that creep up. I pulled the above illustration out of my archives yesterday, but now I can't remember which client it was for, whether it was for US Catholic or America magazine. Anyhow, this was one of my favorites for the month, accompanying an article about 'rebuilding the priesthood' in the aftermath of all the scandals. A nice elegant simple concept, and the rendering makes nice use of solid blacks and whites.
Then, the above 5 illustrations were for my weekly 'health care' column gig for the Wall Street Journal. Oddly enough, the priest in the top illustration looks a bit like my young neighbor Scott, and the gal in the 'lip balm' spot looks a little like his wife Sarah. I wonder what year they moved in next door? I don't think it was deliberate. Anyhow, the topics this month were; 'high tech headache relief gizmos', 'carb blocker medication', 'nasal sprays', 'lip balm' and 'health benefits of nuts'.
The same client also handed me a few other assignments this month, pictured below. A piece on Argentina's export economy, a piece on a 'tuxedo rental service' and a rather complex narrative on 'fund management' (combining my favorite illustration elements, buildings and lots of explanatory text).
Newsday handed me a few same day black and white assignments in December, one on the 'Iraq Exit Strategy', and another one about planning and designing the '9/11 monument'.