My blogs this week are a teaching tool for a class I teach at St.Louis Community College at Meramec called “Drawing for Graphics” ,which I have taught since 1997, as an adjunct professor. Recently I have been telling my students that this class is drawing ideas for graphics. I emphasize the step by step process to solving each assignment. Pencil roughs(thumbnails) are the first step after research and understanding the visual problem. I bring in samples of my illustrations and discuss the client assignment and the technique I used rendering the illustrations. This blog post shows samples of illustrations I created during the 1970’s using the Magic Marker felt tip pen.
The illustration above was created for an assignment while I attended the Illustrators Workshop in 1977. I was employed as a senior illustrator at Maritz Motivation Company during the 1970’s and they paid for my tuition and housing for this workshop taught by Bernie Fuchs,Bob Peak, Alan E. Cober, Bob Heindel, Mark English and Fred Otnes.
This is one of ten illustrations I created of famous teams that were used for sales incentive programs, while I was employed at Maritz Motivation Company. These illustrations were offset printed and the printed size was 10.25″ x10.25″. The art director wanted these illustrations to each be created using a different illustration technique. This was a “stock campaign, that had the story of each team printed on the inside of the piece. A client could print their logo and rules of the incentive program on the pre printed piece and mail them to their employes.
This is another of my illustrations created around 1976 for the stock campaign called Team Power.
I created many illustrations using Magic Markers during the 1970’s. The illustration trend for many nationally recognized illustrators, during this period, was for a loose rendering technique. I created illustrations using other techniques during the 1970’s,which I will discuss in future blog post.