January 27, 2015

Sports Illustrated

Mental illness destroyed the career of the youngest basketball coaches in the country, for Sports Illustrated. AD Liana Zamora.

Roughs. Liana liked the net but had me take out the snakes and just make the net fraying which was better.

Here's the spread in the magazine.

November 11, 2014

Berlin Wall NYT OpEd Letters

Love to get assignments like this. Nathan Huang AD

The letters mentioned Jon Paul II, Reagan and Gorby, so I had to work them in one.

Some photo reference.

A quick value/composition study in photoshop before painting.

November 3, 2014

Battered NFL wives

For battered NFL wives, a message from the cops and the league: Keep quiet 
Washington Post, AD Emmet Smith

Emmet suggested at the outset a woman with football laced stitched lips. I knew that was going to be a great idea, but I still had to try to beat it. But I couldn't : )

Tighter drawing and color study in photoshop.

October 23, 2014

Farm to Table

For Tufts University Magazine, story about Dan Barber, a well-known chef, restaurant owner and farmer interested in sustainable farming and an idea he calls the Third Plate.

And here's a pitch for illustration. This was their possible photo option.
Enough said.

I love this subject (healthy food) so it was easy coming up with a bunch of ideas.
Margot Grisar was the smart AD on this one.

In the layout.

October 6, 2014

Comrade Xi's Choice

For the Wall St. Journal on Xi Jinping and the current Hong Kong protests. AD Keith Webb.
After seeing my roughs Keith suggested a totally new idea, a view from above with Xi Jinping's portrait on the umbrellas.

I thought it was a great idea, so I worked it up real quick.

Some color tests.

Of course the likeness of Xi Jinping needed some work.

Nice and big in the paper, thanks Keith!

September 29, 2014


Immunotherapy spread from the Robb Report Health & Wellness.
Art direction and design by Lisa Lewis.

Immunotherapy tries to get your white blood cells to attack cancer cells.


September 24, 2014

Fall Film Festivals

Apparently Oscar contending films are released in the fall, to build buzz at the fall film festivals like Toronto's.

For the LA Times, AD Paul Gonzales.

Some progressions.