22 January 2008
Out of the Starting Gate
The above illustration was for the Chronicle of Higher Education earlier this week. The story was a humorous take on various literary stories, presented as 'police blotter' synopses, and the editor requested that I do a 'hamlet' scene along those lines. Been reading the 'Big Book of Pulps' anthology that my son got me for xmas this year, so this assignment fell right into place with my current mindset.
I've had a couple black and white scratchboard spots over the past few weeks from the Wall Street Journal. I got a fun phone call one weekend from my Father in Arizona, to inform me that he had seen one of my illustrations in their weekend newspaper, and it ended up being the 'retirement' illustration (pictured below) for this same client. Amazing to think that I just did that illustration the afternoon before, and here it is appearing in a newspaper the very next morning halfway across the country.
Also during the past few weeks, I've had a couple of my regular 'health care column' illustrations for the same client (these usually appear in Tuesday's paper). One of them was on 'ear candles' (which, oddly enough, I actually tried about 5 years ago - it don't work), and the one I did earlier this week was on 'night sweats' (which my wife is having problems with nowadays). I've done an 'ear candle' illustration once before, many years ago, in a cartoon style, and I recently went back and took a look at the earlier one just for comparison's sake. They were both pretty similar in concept (a candle in each ear), but the earlier one I think was funnier, as the character was holding a fire extinguisher.
I had a couple of 'hard news' type illustrations recently. The black and white same day illustration below was for Newsday, and dealth with the election situation going on in Kenya (pictured below), and below that, for the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong, I had a piece on a mud flow situation that is going on in Indonesia (a story I was completely unaware of until I did some research for the story - it looks like quite a mess).
I have a few other illustrations to post, but I think I'll wait on a few of them until later in the month, since I'm not sure if they've been published yet or not. I also continue to work on an interesting book project this month, which I should have some news regarding next month sometime (at the moment, we are still working out the details regarding the book cover).