20 November 2004
Kids Workbook Project
Around the turn of the century (hmm, still sounds strange to say that), I did a number of black and white children's workbook projects for a local educational book publisher, Instructional Fair. These usually involved a series of 20-30 small spot illustrations, mostly cartoonish in style, on a variety of subjects, depending on the book title. I mostly worked with one editor, and we did a number of books together, but then after a few years, the company underwent some shake-ups and reorganizing, and the projects started drying up. Occasionally one would trickle in, the company now called 'Carson Dellosa' and with different editors, and this one that I did in the fall of 2004 was the last one that I worked on. I'm only posting a few of the illustrations here, just to give a feel for what the project entailed. These are not available for reprints, due to the contract I signed, but posted for history's sake.
These were usually quite fun to do, for the most part. The pay wasn't all that great, but the sheer volume of illustrations meant a substantial paycheck at the end of the project. They were fairly quick and easy, and gave me a lot of practice in perfecting my 'cartoon line work', and most importantly, kept me busy.
This particular batch of illustrations was for a book on 'outdoor activities for children'. The quantity was somewhere in the neighborhood of 30 illustrations, ranging in size from full page to small spots, and mostly similar to the type of illustrations seen here in this posting (a couple were more involved and difficult, but there were more than enough of the small quick ones to even things out).
There was usually very little in the way of art direction or changes to my sketch ideas, so working with this client was usually pretty painless. Looking back, though, I wish I was a bit more strident in negotiating the contracts, as there were a mountain of illustrations involved.
More illustrations from this book here on another posting. The book is still available on Amazon (link here).