31 January 2008

January's Flip Side


The above illustration and the two below were actually some of the earliest assignments to come across the desk this month, but since this client wasn't going to be publishing them until later, I held off on posting them at the time. These were all for Barrons, and dealt with tax law (above), dividends (below) and fears about biotech corn (below). I kind of went overboard with the 'dramatic lighting' in all three of these. Hopefully they weren't placed side by side when they reached publication, like they are here.


Earlier this week, I had a quartet of small black and white spots for my the Chronicle of Higher Education. These all dealt with different 'tax proposals' made by different factions of the upcoming election. In order from left to right: consumption tax, tax cuts, tax incentives and 'taxes & elections'.


This weekend I finished up the Suharto portrait for the Far East Economic Review in Hong Kong (it was pre-ordered when he first entered his sick bed the week prior, and then it looked like he was going to recover, but finally kicked it over the weekend).

Earlier in the month I also had an assignment from the Miami Herald, who I hadn't heard from since the previous summer. This one was on 'work perks' like medical benefits and massages. The assignments for this client tend to be a little on the large side, and this used to indimidate me, but I think I'm starting to find an approach that works.

I had a portrait assignment earlier this month for the Los Angeles magazine for Niche Media. I don't remember who this was exactly, other than a movie producer. Also this month was another 'fiction' illustration for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine. This one was set in ancient Greece during a plague, and needed some research on costumes and 'cemetery markers' of the time.

I also continue to work on the 'book assignment' that has been on the workbench for the past two months. Apparently the release date has been set for the end of March, and my artwork will now grace the cover, after some back and forth with the publishers. More info when it gets closer to the release date.

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