09 October 2004
During this time period, I was living in South Haven, caring for my Dad while he underwent chemo treatments, and living and working remotely from my office. Sometimes the schedule with doctor's appointments would conflict with work deadlines, and I ended up with a situation that produced the above three spot illustrations. I knew I wouldn't be around at the usual time that one of my three 'concept sketches' would be approved, so I prepared ahead of time, and just finished up all three ideas for the same story, and let the designer pick which one they wanted to run.
I don't know which one they eventually went with, but I personally enjoyed the 'fish workout room'. This article was about 'underwater workouts'.
Other spots for this same 'health care' column that I do every week for the Wall Street Journal are pictured right and below and include one on 'aromatherapy for weight loss', 'dental care as related to pregnancy', and 'boosting your brain power'. This column has been a weekly gig for me since around 2002, and I've been very grateful to have it to fall back on during lean times, so I was certainly motivated to keep this client happy, especially during this awkward time with regards to my work availability.
For the same client during the month of October, I also had the spot to the left, regarding 'getting along with co-workers', and a black and white spot depicting the two presidential candidates and their corresponding energy proposals.
And for the same client, a larger spot illustration, pictured below, about young upstart internet phone companies who are challenging the big conglomerates.
These are some more samples from the ongoing curriculum project for the Christian Reformed Church. My records are a bit sketchy, but I'm pretty sure that these were from the batches that came due in the fall of '04. I've selected some of the more interesting illustrations from the project to post here. Most are quite large (11x17 or larger in some cases) and were designed for developmentally disabled adults and children, so the colors and designs were kept bold and simple. There were also quite a few 'character cutouts' like the jesus pictured to the left, but I haven't bothered to include these here. In order to save space, I'm going to post the rest of these illustrations as thumbnails, and you can click on the image to see a larger version of each.
08 October 2004
These are some further samples from the Carson Dellosa book project 'Teamwork Test Prep Grade 4' that I provided illustrations for in October of '04. As is usual with these projects, the topics were all over the board, and the illustrations were a wide variety of sizes and shapes. The book is still available on Amazon (link here)
07 October 2004
These are a few more sample illustrations from a 'Teamwork Test Prep Grade 5' book that I illustrated for Carson Dellosa in October of '04. As was usual with these projects, the topics were all over the place, and sizes varied widely as well.