18 October 2004
October was a very busy month for me. Based in South Haven, caring for my Dad as he went through chemo treatments for Multiple Myeloma, and working on the dining room table. I had three big multi-illustration projects come due right around the same time. Carson Dellosa, who had been giving me work since around '99 (though under the name of Instructional Fair), and who had gone through some corporate shake-ups in recent years handed me an assignment to illustrate a 'spanish poster' which needed around 25 spot illustrations to illustrate different spanish nouns (pictured at left and below). Rather than post all of them, I just chose a couple examples, the rooster, the kite and the leaf. For the same designer during this month, I also had a book cover illustration (pictured above), something geared towards teachers in need of activities to occupy their classrooms.
For the same company, but a different designer/editor, I had a pair of workbooks which needed about 20 or so black and white illustrations each. I've chosen a few samples to post here, and the rest are posted in another pair of blog entries this month. These were for a series of 'Test Preparation' books that I was working on throughout the year (grades 3 through 8), and the two this month were for grades 4 and 5. (more samples from these book projects can be found here and here)
In addition to these projects, and my regular monthly workload, I also was working on an ongoing curriculum project for the Christian Reformed Church. Most of the pieces were large in size 11x17 (and some larger posters), mostly done in a modified semi-realistic cartoon style.
This 'bible' project was an ongoing thing (this current project since '02), meaning that I didn't do all the work in October, but it was spaced out over a period of 3 months or so, but the finishes just happened to come due in October. There were about 20 or so of these illustrations in each batch, and they were all fairly similar, depicting various bible scenes and/or activities, and I've just chosen a few of them to post here by way of example. (more to be found here in another posting)