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Peculiar Pictures 39, 40, 41

December 16, 2015


I’ve mentioned the Business Fundamentals CD I created for Artville back in the 90’s when I was a professional illustrator, and here are a few images from that CD.


I was tasked with painting business clichés and other images that might appeal to art directors in need of business related imagery—the reason many of the men are holding briefcases. I was given two months to create sixty illustrations, after first providing drawings for approval before beginning the final pieces. This left me only six weeks to paint sixty images, so these were all painted rapidly in quick-drying acrylic, sometimes two or three illustrations a day. Because I worked so speedily, I have little memory of this time and can barely recall painting these pictures.


This turned out to be my most lucrative illustration project, although many of the images showing computers and cell phones are now outdated and aren’t popular. Still, after fifteen years most of these images continue to sell, and I continue to cash the royalty checks.














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Smart project... you should give consideration for creating Version 2.0 or Volume II. Based on your comment... there is a market for your images.
By: Daniel LaFrance on December 16, 2015
the head-in-the-sand is a good one, but i really like the clever sardines one.
By: TexWisGirl on December 16, 2015
nice to have work that continues to bring in income.
By: ellen abbott on December 16, 2015
your illustrations always tickle my funny bone and they are so sharply to the point! Cheers- glad they are still bringing in $$.
By: Kathe W. on December 16, 2015
I love getting royalty checks. Jilda and I wrote songs 20 years ago that are still being used. We can't retire off our checks, but I smile every time I get one. You should try to put some of these on Canva. It's a site where people can build presentations online and they buy one-time use art to go in their presentations. R
By: Rick Watson on December 16, 2015
Royalty checks must be a wonderful thing. I love dividend checks!
By: cranky on December 16, 2015
The three images you've shared are brilliant and seemingly timeless. I can't believe you were able to produce so many paintings in that timeframe! And quality paintings at that!
By: Mitchell is Moving on December 16, 2015
Ah, those lovely royalty checks. Wish I'd thought of something like that.
By: Catalyst on December 16, 2015
Very, very clever stuff, Stephen!!
By: fishducky on December 16, 2015
I would consider those illustrations as being timeless--even long past the days when sardine tins were commonplace.
By: Jerry E. Beuterbaugh on December 16, 2015
I really like the second one. I often feel like doing that too. In fact I do right now.
By: LL Cool Joe on December 16, 2015
These are just amazing. Glad you're still cashing those checks!!
By: Bouncin Barb on December 16, 2015
I checked EBay and Amazon and couldn't find a copy of this for sale. Darn. I really wanted to own some of your artwork.
By: PT Dilloway on December 16, 2015
Hey, let's see the rest of these paintings. Somebody has a great sense of humor. They catch your eye.
By: red on December 16, 2015
Ooh! The sardine key instead of the flip top! That one's my favorite.
By: Val on December 16, 2015
Sometimes that elephant really does have the upper hand, er, uh, foot.
By: messymimi on December 16, 2015
I certainly enjoy seeing your visual art. Thanks for sharing it from time to time.
By: Tom Cochrun on December 16, 2015
These are great!
By: jenny_o on December 20, 2015

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