Customer Service Cartoons

I just finished a series of 12 illustrations for Positive Promotions. These were not children’s illustrations, as is my typical genre, but very corporate-targeted cartoons for a customer service department. I think they may go with an established training program or something, but I didn’t get any details on their exact purpose.

If you’ve followed me at all, you’ll notice that these pieces are not anything close to my typical art style. Instead, these were meant to match some previous artwork that the company had been using for years. I can typically match other art styles, as long as they’re cartoonish rather than realistic.

I didn’t even draw these in my trusty Adobe Photoshop, but instead used Adobe Illustrator. The project wasn’t very technical. Just simple shapes and paths with fixed-width lines. Still, it was a good opportunity to brush up on my Illustrator skills which I haven’t had much call to use lately.

I’m sharing these samples to show that I can match other cartoon art styles, and that I can work in Adobe Illustrator. Just in case that’s something you’re looking for. As always, I am accepting commissions. Contact me for more information.

3 Voodoo Dolls

Here’s a commission I finished this week. It was drawn for Isaiah Vest with the group Stileto. It’s a cover for a song titled Coffee and Drugs. The album will drop on April 22nd.

Because of the song title, the image contains drug themes. Nothing egregious, just some pills spilled on a table. But since I’m primarily a children’s illustrator, I’ll hide it behind a link. Click here to view final image.

Here’s a safe version:

An illustration of three voodoo dolls slumped together in front of a spilled, cracked coffee cup.  Copyright © 2022 Isaiah Vest.

A Basketball Story – Interior 9

Oh, I’m sorry. I got a bit distracted over Thanksgiving and didn’t get around to posting the rest of this series. Here’s the 9th interior.

From A Basketball Story, a picture book I illustrated for Entrepreneur Media Inc.

The Sea Turtles have heard that the Jackrabbits get a trip to FUNZone if they win all their regular season games. They’re determined to stop that. I intentionally chose to depict the two huddles, essentially the same pose but with different characters, from two different views.

A three panel comic strip illustration.  The first panel shows 5 members of the Sea Turtles team huddled together with a speech bubble saying, "NO FUNZone FOR THEM!"  The second shows a view from inside the jackrabbit's huddle, looking up.  Five members of that team are saying, "FUNZone!"  The last panel shows after the game with the Jackrabbits victorious and the Sea Turtles defeated.  The Jackrabbits are mostly all standing with fists raised in triumph, but with one hugging another player and another actually leaping in the air.  One of the Sea Turtles has their head in their hands, crying.  One comforts another teammate.  And another walks away.

A Basketball Story – Interior 8

Here’s a two-page spread. You can see the kids are goofing off. Not really doing any harm, but not doing what they’re supposed to be doing either. In the story, at this point, they’re starting to think they’re undefeatable and they don’t have to work at it anymore. This will cause problems later.

Again, this is from the latest illustration project I finished, A Basketball Story, for Entrepreneur Media Inc.

An illustration of the corner of a school gymnasium.  A kids' basketball team lounges around and goofs off.  The scoreboard shows that they won the last game by 20 to 7.  The coach looks on in disapproval.

A Basketball Story – Interior 7

This image covers about a page and a half, with the gutter running between the boy leaning against the wall and the poster. The gray wall color extends all the way to the left, with text overlaid in that empty space.

Aside from the cover, this is our first and only close-up of members of the Sea Turtles team. They’re discussing how, if they work very hard, they can keep the Jackrabbits from going 10 – 0 for the season.

Again, this is for the picture book, titled A Basketball Story: Always Be Humble, which I just finished illustrating for Entrepreneur Media Inc.

In a school hallway, three members of the Sea Turtles basketball team stand around a poster showing the Mid-Season League Standings for four teams.  One boy leans on the wall, the girl has her hands on both boys shoulders.  And the other boy faces away from the viewer with one hand in a fist.