Bruce Day Art Gallery

 

Bruce Day
Artist

Growing up in Southern California, Bruce Day discovered his love of drawing at the age of 5 and spent much of his young life drawing cartoons and reading comic books. As he grew older, he got more involved with sports (especially football) which he played for 13 years. Amazingly, these two major loves in his life melded together when he became a freelance artist drawing game programs, caricatures, greeting cards and other products for the NFL. It was his first assignment in a string of many more projects to come. In 1985, while Focus on the Family was still located in Arcadia, California, Tim Jones (the art director at the time) contacted Bruce about doing some work for them. For the next several years, Bruce created artwork for several of Focus on the Family's magazines (most notably Clubhouse) and was also asked to draw some pictures for Adventures in Odyssey when it started in 1987. During this time, Bruce's drawings become synonymous with the radio drama and it was these drawings that gave fans their first real glimpse at what the characters inside the radio actually looked like. In 1990, Focus on the Family began putting together an Adventures in Odyssey video series and felt that not only was Bruce Day's depiction of the townsfolk not contemporary enough, but it wouldn't translate too well in a video series for children. So Bruce left for other projects including opportunities with CBS, Burger King Inc., The Los Angeles Times, Lexmark, Campbell Soup, and Scholastic Magazines. He also drew for other Christian companies such as Gospel Light and Guide Magazine, where he has created posters and monthly story illustrations much like he used to do for Focus on the Family. Bruce currently resides in the Boise, Idaho area with his wife Carrol and youngest daughter Summer. You can check out more of his artwork (and order some prints) at brucedayink.com.

Bio courtesy aiosoda.com

 

 

Artist Gallery

Below, we've showcased Bruce Day's work for Adventures in Odyssey. This showcase is not all-inclusive, so if you happen to have any, please scan it (300 DPI or more) and send it to us and we would be happy to add it to the gallery.


 

A rough sketch of Whit and Jamie Martin in "The Case of the Secret Room." Whit and Jamie Martin discover a secret room in the basement of Whit's End in "The Case of the Secret Room." Featured on the original cover of Volume 2: Grins, Grabbers and Great Getaways. Irwin Springer and Nathan Hale watch after throwing a rock at a beehive in "The Day Independence Came." Featured on the original cover of Volume 2: Grins, Grabbers and Great Getaways. A bear chases Whit and Donny McCoy up a tree in "Camp What-A-Nut." Featured on the original cover of Volume 2: Grins, Grabbers and Great Getaways. A generic illustration of Whit talking to a girl at Whit's End as she eats an ice cream sundae. Featured on the original cover of Volume 2: Grins, Grabbers and Great Getaways.
         

A generic illustration of Whit working on an invention with a Whit's End patron. Featured on the original cover of Volume 2: Grins, Grabbers and Great Getaways.

A climactic scene depicted from "The Last Great Adventure of the Summer." Featured on the original cover of Volume 2: Grins, Grabbers and Great Getaways.

Similar to the picture of Whit and Jamie Martin, only with a boy instead of a girl. It's possible that this artwork was originally created for "Nothing to Fear" but later adapted for "The Case of the Secret Room." Jack Davis watches Mr. Kirban load a mysterious item into the back of his van in "Rumor Has It". Featured on the original cover of Volume 3: Secrets, Surprises and Sensational Stories. Connie witnesses David's exciting defeat of Goliath in "The Shepherd and the Giant." Featured on the original cover of Volume 3: Secrets, Surprises and Sensational Stories.
         

"Lightning" Livingtson raises Jimmy up to the basketball hoop in the episode "Heroes." Featured on the original cover of Volume 3: Secrets, Surprises and Sensational Stories.

Whit and Donna visit Karen Crosby at the hospital in "Karen." Featured on the original cover of Volume 3: Secrets, Surprises and Sensational Stories.

Connie reacting to an out-of-control vacuum cleaner from the episode "The Sacred Trust." Featured on the original cover of Volume 3: Secrets, Surprises and Sensational Stories. Donna tries to explain to her gym teacher why she is wearing a rain coat in "And When You Pray..." Featured on the original cover of Volume 4: Puns, Parables and Perilous Predicaments. Young Thomas Riley walks across the railing of a bridge before losing control and falling off in "A Matter of Obedience." Featured on the original cover of Volume 4: Puns, Parables and Perilous Predicaments.
         
Jimmy Barclay squanders away his savings at an arcade in "The Prodigal, Jimmy." Featured on the original cover of Volume 4: Puns, Parables and Perilous Predicaments. Whit, Connie, Robyn, and Oscar react to an exploding science project volcano in "The Greatest of These." Featured on the original cover of Volume 4: Puns, Parables and Perilous Predicaments. Donna Barclay is shocked when Odyssey Mall security stops her and a friend, Rachel, for shoplifting in "Bad Company." Featured on the original cover of Volume 4: Puns, Parables and Perilous Predicaments. The Barclay family introduces their family budget in "A Good and Faithful Servant." Featured on the original cover of Volume 4: Puns, Parables and Perilous Predicaments. The Barclay family has a spontaneous water fight in "Our Best Vacation Ever." Featured on the original cover of Volume 5: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes.
         
Illustration of a concerned Whit, featured on the original cover of Volume 5: Daring Deeds, Sinister Schemes.

Whit, Connie, and Robyn enter a cave in "The Treasure of LeMonde." Featured on the original cover of Volume 6: Terrific Tales, Mysterious Missions.

An illustration used for the cover of Clubhouse magazine. It depicts a scene from "The Treasure of LeMonde," and while it looks very similar to the illustration on the original cover of Volume 6: Terrific Tales, Mysterious Missions, it isn't the same illustration.

A Clubhouse magazine illustration featuring Whit, Connie, and Robyn Jacobs following clues in "The Treasure of LeMonde." An illustration of Whit, Connie, and Robyn studying the telescope they find in "The Treasure of LeMonde." This art piece was one of several pitched for the original cover of Volume 6: Terrific Tales, Mysterious Missions.

Illustration of Whit. The Barclays are surprised by visitors on Christmas. Meanwhile, the kids in Odyssey perform "Romeo and Juliet" on stage. Featured on the original cover of Volume 7: Courageous Characters, Fabulous Friends.

Whit leaves Whit's End in a tuxedo to meet Emma Douglas in "Curious, Isn't It?" Eugene, Connie, and Bernard are also present. Featured on the original cover of Volume 8: Cunning Capers, Exciting Escapades.

Robyn and Jessie baby sit Boswell, Mrs. Fishbine's cat, in "All's Well with Boswell." Featured on the original cover of Volume 8: Cunning Capers, Exciting Escapades.

Whit gives Emma Douglas a ring in the cemetery in "Curious, Isn't It?" Featured on the original cover of Volume 8: Cunning Capers, Exciting Escapades.

When money turns up missing from the cash register at Whit's End, things get a little messy in "Suspicious Minds." Featured on the original cover of Volume 8: Cunning Capers, Exciting Escapades.

         
       

Kids Radio is re-launched in "The Big Broadcast." Featured on the original cover of Volume 9: Amazing Antics, Dynamic Discoveries.

       
         

Generic Illustrations

Whit stands by the fire with someone, possibly George Barclay in the episode "Peace on Earth." This illustration would later be used as the cover illustration for Family Portraits, a download-only album containing the 13-part series preceding Adventures in Odyssey. An early glimpse at the Imagination Station, as imagined by Bruce Day. A sketch of Whit unveiling a new invention, possibly the Imagination Station or Kids Radio equipment. A fun illustration of Eugene Meltsner with Whit looking from behind. Whit shows interest in one of his customer's science projects. Eugene watches in the background.
         
   
A very detailed illustration of a busy Whit's End soda fountain, as featured in Clubhouse magazine. This image was later used as the cover illustration for the cover of The Officer Harley Collection available exclusively through a membership to the Odyssey Adventure Club. A Clubhouse magazine illustration of Whit pointing to a globe. A very detailed illustration published in Clubhouse magazine.    


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