My most recent illustration for Lodging Magazine accompanied another one of those hard-to-picture articles – it spoke about a lot of thought processes and planning but few concrete images presented themselves. The article explained how hotel management should handle an employee who had been injured on the job and was now returning to work, often in a diminished capacity until the employee was fully recovered.
I’ve found that when the subject matter is rather heavy and step-by-step, sometimes the way to make a more lighthearted illustration is to think in terms of a board game. I used several of the many tips in the article to construct a game with a manager driving an employee on the journey back to full capacity. First a rough doodle to lay out the path –
which I refined a bit, then transferred to illustration board –
and then painted in bright acrylic washes for the finished art.
I’ve been drawing cartoons related to Thanksgiving for a number of years for Proactive Performance, often about turkeys, sometimes Pilgrims, but always with some touch of business jargon involved. This past Thanksgiving was no exception, as I moved from the first quick sketch –
to a tighter version –
to the finished cartoon for the card, painted in the classic black and white New Yorker style. Inside the card, Proactive Performance President Jim Shute thanks his clients, associates and colleagues for their business and wishes them the best for the holidays. I always enjoy doing Jim’s card since it blends humor with its sincere goodwill.
Every year I am requested to illustrate a birthday card that Kohlhepp Investment Advisors sends to their clients on the client’s birthday. This year the idea of a hot air balloon ride was suggested, and as always I draw the five principals at Kohlhepp involved in the scene.
I started with a rough pencil sketch –
and when approved, tightened up the likenesses in another sketch
And penciled in a rough color sketch
before painting the finish, below, in acrylic washes on illustration board, with a charming birthday wish inside the card.
My latest illustration for Lodging was for an article advising hotel owners to try to customize employees’ benefit packages to suit their individual needs. The idea arose of a stockroom full of various benefits, which were mentioned specifically in the story. My rough pencil sketch –
and a tighter tracing –
For the final drawing I thought of ‘personalizing’ the boxes the employees’ were using with little headshots of each owner. The finish is done with prisma pencil and acrylic paint washes on illustration board.
I’m pleased that the Lenape Chamber Ensemble again requested a fun drawing from me, for their Children’s Concert next spring. This concert will include music by Mozart, Widor and Prokofiev, played by world-class musicians who also teach the young audience about musical themes and the composers. I read a bit about Prokofiev’s life and thought the iconic St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow would provide some architectural interest in the background, since my last illustration for a concert was set in Venice for Vivaldi.
I also discovered that Prokofiev was a noted chess player! I decided on badgers for this drawing’s main characters, and so drew a couple playing chess while others serenade them with flute, violin, viola, cello and piano, which are all featured in this concert.
Here is the sketch partially inked in – unfortunately had to change the pelican at right to a small bird, to fit in the word bubble.
And the final all inked in – below. Should be a delightful March concert!
Another Brooklyn scene in Chrysa Smith’s book The Upside-Down Gardener shows our main character Dory and her Mom, with some neighbors looking on as the little girl tosses her baseball on their way home. First the pencil sketch –
and then the finished art, painted in acrylic paint washes –