05 October 2005
The illustration above, originally for Barrons, who I had just started working for within the past few months, has the distinction of being the one illustration I have done that has gotten the most reprint requests, and has been the most lucrative for me. I don't even remember what the original story was about, but this one seems to be quite popular as a way of portraying any number of concepts. Also appeared on the cover of a german financial magazine WirtschaftsWoche, and in a couple other US magazines who's names have slipped my mind.
A couple more illustrations for the same client around this time, include the one above (which was actually quite a bit more horizontal in the original, stretching across the top of the page), and the one below, with the demented looking alarm clock.
I had a couple of new clients contact me around this time. One of them was for Yankee Magazine. An illustration to accompany a recipe for baked beans. I don't normally think of myself as primarily a 'color illustration specialist', even though I do the majority of my illustrations in color. I'm most comfortable working in black and white, and think of color as an 'add on' after the fact in most cases. This piece, though, I have to say seems to be one of the rare ones that I actually enjoyed the color aspect of it. The scratchboard is rather simple and for once, not too dark and overpowering, and the colors actually seem to enhance rather than spoil the effect.
Another newer client, Westchester Magazine, for which I did the above full color illustration regarding the health care industry. The illustration below was for another new client, The Scientist Magazine, and concerned grants and funding for scientific research. While both of these gave me a much bigger area to exploit, and I tried to use color in a bright and splashy way, neither of them has the impact of the small 'baked bean' spot. I don't know if it is the size, or what, but I just can't quite seem to get the same magic with a full page assignment.
And finally, I had a cartoon-ish assignment for a Highlights magazine this month, which also included a number of tiny 'rebus' illustrations to sprinkle around the page (which I haven't included). This was a bit more realistic than most of my cartoon work, probably because the publication's editors were so concerned with portraying the asian boy as accurately as possible. (note how the cat is much more cartoony than the boy) A lot of the items in the boy's room are based on furniture and toys that could be found in my own son's room 10 years earlier (he's nearly 16 around this time, and way past the age where I'm able to use him as 'chilren's reference').