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

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.

 Interiors.




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.

September 18, 2014

Royal Bank of Scotland


Got to mess with the Royal Bank of Scotland for Bloomberg Markets magazine.
Designer was Tim Vienckowski, AD was Siung Tija.

Here's their logo.

Editors: Alligator too violent.
 Editors: Toliet too gross.

 Ahh just right.





August 26, 2014

"Native Son" theatre play


For the play "Native Son" for Chicago Magazine.


Alot of good illustration has already been done for it, so I felt challenged.


I thought an early scene with the metaphoric rat had some good visual potential.

Luckily the AD on this Jacqueline Cantu saw the potential in the first one, even though I had started favoring others.

 The play is set in 1930's Chicago so I did a bit of history research for the skyline.

Here's the piece in print.


However, if I was to do this for a play poster, I wouldn't need to reference the theatre curtain.
So I would have done it like this.



May 30, 2014

Volcker Rules!

This was supposed to be typical financial story for American Banker, abstract concept that is hard to illustrate. Which I'm very used to.

Subject was "Why SBICs Are Back in Vogue at Banks" So I explored a bunch of different options.
Paul Volcker was mentioned in the article so I was sure to include some options with him.

Then the art director tells me, that in the yet developing story there is this connection between Volcker and Sputnik,  and can I explore that?

Explore that? I couldn't wait to find some visual connection!

Thanks Scott and Kyung for the surprisingly fun job!






May 13, 2014

Treating ADHD in teens with for NY Times

Practicing cognitive control (meditation) is found to help teens with ADHD just as much as drugs, but without the side effects.

Peter Morance one of my favorite art directors was wise enough to see the graphic potential in the seal.

I started out with fleshy brain colors, but it didn't like teens and ADHD so kept playing with it...