19 May 2005

May Spots

Above and to the left are the spots for the month of May for my weekly 'health care' column gig for the Wall Street Journal. Articles about a bracelet for warding off mosquitos, poisons in fingernail polish, dentistry, sunscreen lotion and the pros and cons of soy milk. I particularly liked how the mosquito and the hands in the fingernail polish spot turned out. Using a new technique (to me) where I'm starting to add color to the 'scratchboard lines' as a way of softening the illustrations a bit.

For the same client, I had a quickie color spot regarding soccer, the US and Britain in some capacity, but I don't quite remember the exact details of the story.

Below is another spot having to do with China and the Euro, and again, I've forgotten the angle on the story. I think this was the first time I'd used the 'dragon' in depicting China, but it wouldn't be the last time.

Another spot for the same client was the 'fat cat' pictured below, handing out IOUs. A little different background treatment than I usually do. Looks like I picked some sort of chalk or pastel tool, perhaps as a way of depicting the smoke hanging in the air from the cigar.

05 May 2005

Oddball May Assignments

For Cricket magazine, I had a series of illustrations about an African American member of the Louis and Clark expedition. I chose an overall image of the guy (based on what sketchy research I was able to put together) as an opening illustration on the first page, and a scene of action/adventure for one of the inside page headers, and then it was requested that I do a map of the expedition for the final image. I like doing maps, but I don't care for 'collages', and this final illustration had a bit of each.

Rather than use the more routine scratchboard technique, I decided to do this one using a combination watercolor and colored pencil look. It was a challenging story to illustrate, because other than being along for the ride, the main protagonist of the story remains a bit of an enigma, and very little 'action' takes place in the story.

An illustration for Cobblestone (their science publication Oddysey), a 'puzzle' illustration regarding an overhead view of an orchard, which I also used the same wash and colored pencil technique. This was the last of the Cobblestone assignments, which had been gradually trickling away ever since I broached the subject of stagnant rates and making adjustments to their contracts. (I began working for them in the early 90s).

And finally, Log Home Living requested an illustration showing the whole family involved in designing their dream house. This gave me the chance to work on my 'cartoon' style, or a slightly more realistic version of it. Thanks to the wife for posing as the female in the picture.