25 May 2004

Children's Publishing Projects

In May, I had another multi illustration workbook project for Carson Dellosa. There were three of these booklets in the early half of 2004, entitled 'Teamwork Test Prep', and were for grades 3, 4 and 5 (not to be confused with identically named projects in the fall of 2004). I think these were perhaps 'teacher's editions', and these contained approximately 40 illustrations each as opposed to the 25 illustrations in each of the TTP books in the fall of the year.

I was usually given a lot of freedom on these spots (a few of them posted here as examples), and was encouraged to keep them light and fun. I enjoyed these projects, and they gave me good practice at simplicity, economy of line and getting a message across with a minimum of detail. Further samples from this book can be found in another posting this month. (link here

In addition to the above workbook project, I also had a few spots for another book publisher, Adventure House, in a similar capacity. These were a couple of black and white and grey wash spots to go with a couple of story problems.

One of them involved a complicated map and getting around on the public transportation system in a foreign country, and another of them had to do with a robbery at a jewelry store. I never quite figured out what book these were for, and I got the impression I was only one of several illustrators hired for this project. These trickled in to me over the course of the year in bundles of 3-10 every couple of months.

At a different time of the month, but for the same client, I also had another spot illustration, this time in color, about a visit to a produce stand. This was an odd shaped one, and needed to wrap around a body of text.

Then, for my regular 'puzzle page' assignment for Oddysey (Cobblestone), I had a maze illustration. I don't remember the story problem exactly, but it seems to me you were supposed to determine if the caterpillar in the middle was on the inside or the outside of the coiled rubber band that snakes across the page. Around this time I was doing less and less work for Cobblestone, with the exception of this one regular feature for their science publication, which ran for another year or so.

10 May 2004

Misc Assignments

The above illustration was for America magazine, but I dont quite remember what the topic was. It gave me some good 'shoe practice'. Another piece for the same client is pictured below, this one had something to do with the enviroment, I believe. The nice thing about this client, is their willingness to let me try different techniques. Sometimes they turn out quite nice, and other times I fall on my face. I'm not sure where the one below fits in.

Then, for US Catholic magazine, I had the illustration below, on whether priests should be allowed to marry.

The illustration below was for Newsday. I'm pretty sure the guy behind the wheelbarrow was supposed to be a likeness of somebody, but I don't remember who (somebody from NJ politics no doubt). I'm not too crazy about how this one turned out. The body and face look very awkward to me, like I was spending most of my time and effort on the wheelbarrow and its contents and approached the guy's anatomy as only an afterthought. Sometimes I stumble across an illustration of mine like this, and wonder how I manage to stay in business. I can't believe I let something like this go out the door. I imagine I'm going to find more than a few ugly ones like this the further back in the archives I dig.

05 May 2004

Newspaper Work

The above illustration was a piece on funding for the Chronicle of Higher Education. I like the action on this one, and the simple technique that I used. Scratchboard can have a bad habit of looking 'overworked' if you're not careful.

This illustration above was for the Wall Street Journal. It appears to be one of those cases where I'm given a concept from the editors, and my job is to 'bring it to life'. I don't normally like to put in labels or logos or words into the illustrations if I can help it, but sometimes it is not my choice.

Then I have my usual allotment of 'health care' spot illustrations for a weekly column for the same client, that I've been doing for a couple years. The one at the top left, about the spring shoes, prompted a call from the manufacturer of the shoes who wanted a signed print of the illustration. The other topics were: 'fertility drugs', 'grapefruit', 'scar medications', and something to do with vitamins either for your teeth or your breath, I'm not sure which.
I also had another tiny spot for the same publication. I don't quite remember what this was for. Obviously someone is getting sworn in down by the Capitol building, but why and who? Dunno.

Workbook Project

These are more sample illustrations from the 'Teamwork Test Prep Grade 5' book that I illustrated for Carson Dellosa in the spring of 2004. This was the third in this series that I did this year, 'grade 3' in January and 'grade 4' in February. This was a 'teacher's guide' with approximately 40 illustrations, and I also worked on a series of 'student editions' in the fall of the year with similar titles. Still available on Amazon (link here).