27 August 2007
Back from Vacation.
After we returned from our 'disc golf tour of Wisconsin' during the second week of August, we had planned on taking a few days at home and then spending the rest of the following week on our boat on Lake Michigan, but weather conspired against us, and we ended up staying home for most of the week, and doing a few short daysails when the weather cleared. Plenty of work was waiting for me when I got back. A set of 4 illustrations for Cricket magazine about whaling in New Zealand and an interesting human/killer whale cooperation that took place there for a time. This is a client that I've been working for since my first year in business (back in '89), although the original AD has moved on during the past year, and the new AD seems to have me pegged as the 'historical nautical' specialist. I've included only one of the four illustrations (above), as they are unusual shapes that spread across two page spreads, and this one I've chosen is probably the best of the lot.
The Wall Street Journal (and affiliated publications) took up the lion's share of the rest of the workload over the following few weeks. My bi-monthly 'health column' (pictured left) regarding some sort of herbal remedy for night sweats. Then a 'chart accompaniment' illustration in black and white later in the week. (pictured below right) Something to do with the market gyrations, ups and downs, etc. And then there was also a piece on 'bullies', which I don't quite remember what the story angle was, that was also for the same paper at a different time of the week.
And, for Barrons, who I've been doing more and more work for lately, I had an assignment that I had the good fortune to convert from a single illustration to an additional spot thanks to the client enjoying both of my sketch ideas. The story was about some banking scandal where the institution didn't have the requisite funds in the vault (or something like that). The larger spot is pictured below and the smaller spot is below that to the left. (one of them ended up being used on the contents page as a 'teaser')
And, then, in addition to all the 'financial' subject matter, I had an assignment the Chronicle of Higher Education, who wanted an illustration to accompany a story about study programs abroad, and the government's interference with them (or at least that's how I remember the story - memory is a bit fuzzy on this one). I liked how this one turned out. I usually have trouble with 'shoes', but these turned out quite nice. I especially like the background shading that I used, I tend to go a little too light on the backgrounds, perhaps that is why I always feel like 'color' tends to diffuse the power of the scratchboard medium. Maybe I'm just being too wimpy with it.
Also had a quick spot for one of Niche Media's regional publications regarding tongue in cheek etiquette advice for fine dining, more specifically, not fighting over the bread plate. Did this one in a bit more of a 'cartoonish' style, something I used to do a lot more of, but has fallen by the wayside of late.
Around this time I also had a same day illustration for Newsday (pictured below). Something to do with sluggishly slow progress on urban development projects in the area.