17 January 2004

Newspaper Clippings and a Growing Sense of Unease

Above is an illustration for the Wall Street Journal. I dont' remember the topic exactly, but it was probably something to do with overseas investing. I've definitely improved my approach to the 'curved earth' illustration in the past three years. But while the 'map' part of the illustration is certainly rather muddled and random, there is an overall 'roughness' to the whole illustration which helps it hold together.

This piece to the left was for Newsday, this one dealing with immigrant labor. Interesting layout, but could have used more attention to contrast between solid black areas and white negative space.

As I dig deeper and deeper into the archives, I'm finding myself subject to the 'queasiness' I am usually afflicted with whenever I look at any of my old work. I see a lot of naive qualities, a lot of stylistic hit and miss, and a general lack of research as far as clothing and hands that I've since started to take for granted as part of my general work routine. But at the same time, there are occasional gems that I'm stumbling across which makes me wonder about whether some of these 'duds' are perhaps due to a heavy workload, and a sense of rushing through something simply because of a tight deadline. I was definitely working a lot harder in this time period, and I'm sure that more than a few pieces slipped through the cracks. It will be interesting to see what pops up as I dig even deeper into the past.

The above four spots were for my 'health care' column that I do every monday for the Journal. All four in color this month, which was unusual. The topics were 'kosher laws', 'a device for exercising on long plane rides', 'workout monitoring equipment', and 'discount lasik surgery'.

Above is a rather fun same day assignment that I had for Newsday. This was about the general sense of unreasoning fear that has gripped the country in the years since 9/11.

Below are a few 'less successful' pieces for the same client, again, both on the 'same day' deadline. A piece on Bush's protecting the 'institution of marriage' which had a fun concept, but I just didn't do it justice, and a piece below that about 'missing persons' (I don't quite remember the slant on this one, but I remember lifting a bunch of 'ordinary faces' off the internet to use as the 'missing people' - something I probably wouldn't do these days, at least without changing them so that they weren't recognizable)

Another couple of spots for the Wall Street Journal are to the left and below. One of them was rather unusual, as it was about a photo developing company, and I needed to make the cloned image on the 'photos' look a little more photo-realistic than I normally do, while still keeping it an illustration to a certain extent. Also, the inclusion of the 'company logo' which I normally don't like to do, but was unavoidable in this instance.
Below that, was a piece for the same client, this one having something to do with Canadian gold mining (I think)

It should be interesting digging deeper into 2003, as I seem to remember that this was one of my biggest years, in terms of sheer volume of work. I'm sure there will be more pieces that make me cringe, but I seem to remember still more nice pieces that I haven't come across yet.

I've dated this entry on my birthday. I turned 42 in 2004, and I'd been doing this freelance illustrating thing now for 15 years.

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