26 November 2008

Paints


The illustration above was for a new client, Business North Carolina magazine, a little different style than the usual scratchboard. A fun portrait assignment of Ken Thompson (of Wachovia fame). I tried doing a little faux 'cracking' in the paint to emulate an old canvas, subtle around the edges, but it doesn't show up real well on this small version I've posted here.

25 November 2008

Thanksgiving Rush


A week to go before we head down to the BVI for our 25th anniversary, and work has started to pick up a bit after a rather slow summer and fall. Several large projects will be keeping me busy over the Thanksgiving weekend as I try to clear out the docket. Taking vacations has never been easy as a freelancer, and with the uncertain economy I'm a bit leery of missing any work due to being in communicado.
The illustration above was for the Wall Street Journal last week. The original version is the one on the left, as I wanted to show the dark murky depths swallowing the figure near the bottom of the layout. However, the designer was worried about how it would print, so I revised it so that the solid blacks weren't so pronounced. I'm torn as to which one I like better.
Also for the Journal earlier in the week, I had a quick rush job, an icon for a recurring feature on 'books'. Not much direction was given, just something generic involving books and reading. I've posted both the color and black and white version below.

Also for the journal over the previous weekend, I had an illustration regarding ceo's refusing bonuses during these tough times (but not necessarily the middle management).


During the past few weeks, I've begun hearing from a few clients who I hadn't heard from in many years. The above map for Legal Times was the first assignment I'd done since 2005, and I also had a fun 'icon' assignment for Strategic Finance, who I hadn't heard from since 2003. These were small (they will be printed approximately 1 x .5 inches) and will go with various topic headings in a 'bulletin' section. I've posted one of them at a greatly increased size, and a sampling of the rest of them at a size approximately double how they will appear in print (there were nine of these total).



There were also a few jobs for Barrons in the mix this past week. Most have been involving the economic woes of recent months. (above and below)

And, also this weekend, I had an interesting piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education, involving scientific research in the age of instant information dispersal.

And much more to come after the weekend, plus work lined up for when I get back from vacation. Nice being busy again.

12 November 2008

The Usual Suspects


Most of the work in these first few weeks of November were courtesy of a few of my 'regular clients', and I thank my lucky stars for them every day. The illustrations on the top half of this post are all for the Wall Street Journal. The illustration above was for the bi-monthly 'aches & claims' column which I have been doing for going on seven years now. This was a rather nice one, so I've posted it a little bigger than usual (they normally appear in the paper around the 1x2 inch size - not always in color).
The illustration to the left, for the same client, was one of two illustrations for an article about Medicare and drug plans. The other was a small 'logo/icon' to go with the title 'the medicare maze'.

And very soon after, for the same client, I had a black and white 'collage' illustration, also having to do with medicare and elder care. This was a longer horizontal, and ran along the top of a couple of columns (pictured below)

I also had a few assignments over the past few weeks for the Chronicle of Higher Education. The first one had to do with internet access and providers who are starting to police and restrict usage amounts. The next two, which are appearing in a special supplement, have to do with University Professors and salaries.



03 November 2008

October Wrapup


One of the more interesting illustration assignments I had over the past week or so, was an assignment for Barrons about hedge fund managers. I haven't had a Barrons assignment since early in the year, so it was nice to work with them again. For some reason, a lot of my favorite illustrations of the past few years have been for this client. This was an interesting one, in that I did this one completely without taking reference photos, and the figures turned out quite nice.

Over the weekend, I had an assignment for the Far Eastern Economic Review in Hong Kong. This was another travelogue assignment. I also had a puzzle page assignment for Highlights come due earlier in the week, and despite the cartoon style, this one was quite labor intensive. The actual layout has these groups of three panels side by side, but I have split up the layout to show more of the small details. Using visual clues, you are supposed to put these six panels in chronological order.


Been doing quite a bit of this cartoon style over the past month, as I had a larger assignment from Adventure House publishers for an upcoming textbook. Many small spot illustrations on various topics (I've posted a few samples of the previous batch earlier in October), and may post a few samples from the second half of the month later on.