September 9, 2017

Terrorism 16yrs After 9/11

For Wall Street Journal on how terrorists keep coming back even 16 years after 9/11.

At first the direction was to do something with the shadows of the twin towers and terrorism.

More shadows ideas requested, but it still wasn't working. No problem.

Instead we tried to focus on the point of the story that the terrorists keep on coming back. And the respawning heads was chosen.

I always like to send a tight color sketch first, and good thing, the terrorist deemed too swarthy.

So I toned down the eyeliner, in the line work before painting.

July 27, 2017

Capitol Theatre poster

I was commissioned by the ad agency BWP Communications to do large posters (4 x 6ft) for each of the main performing arts venues in SLC.  Here's the first one, the Capitol Theatre. Brett Palmer was the AD and Summer Milligan the designer.

Each poster had to be about what the venue showed (opera/ballet, modern dance, broadway or symphony) and respond to each venue's architecture.

So my first step was to go the venue and take some photo reference. This is the main ceiling.

The first mock-up. I usually don't go this far for "sketches" but this needed to be presented to a committee and I needed to give Brett all the help I could since he had to sell it.

Second mock-up, using element of the facade.

I needed to cover the Opera angle in the third mockup.

And the birth of venus beehive on the facade that inspired the womans wig.

June 30, 2017

Hiking Danger

"Hiking Danger" for the Minneapolis Star Tribune

Apparently most of the danger is about getting lost. Most of the trees look the same.

We narrowed it down to these, and to help the editors I threw in a little color.

The AD on this one, Robert Timmons, requested some additional bleed for the typography. Luckily I had painted some extra background and photoshop made up what I didn't :)

Color Blinded

 Double page spread for By Faith magazine, design and art direction by Tiffany Forester, Metaleap Creative (whom, by the way, just won a SPD medal). For the final I was worried about all the white, but I used spray paint over a gouache flesh base to give it some contrasting texture.

Since the topic of race and religion was sensitive, it required alot of exploration in the concepting phase to get it right.

One Child Policy

For NY Times International on China's One Child Policy and the problems trying to unwind it.

Repurposed a personal piece for this, but Alex Hunting the AD on this one picked the right one.

October 5, 2016

Working Vacations HR Cover

Cover for HR magazine on the problems with working vacations. AD John Anderson.

Roughs with that handy office chair...

An interior illustration.

September 14, 2016

African Strongmen WSJ

For the Wall Street Journal on "African Military Dictators", Keith Webb AD

Roughs had to cover the angle of military coups and voting as well.

My initial favorite, but now looking back at it, it doesn't read quite as fast as the chosen idea.