The Downward Dog Days of Summer

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If Vancouver had its own magazine, similar to the The New Yorker, this is what it would look like. Made with pencil and gouache.

This is a personal illustration for The New York Times article, “Health Officials Try to Quell Fear of Ebola Spreading by Air Travel”.
Health Officials Try to Quell Fear of Ebola Spreading by Air Travel
"GENEVA — The World Health Organization on Thursday swiftly sought to quell fears that international air travel could become a conduit for spreading the deadly Ebola virus from Africa around the globe, emphasizing that such a risk was low.
The organization acted after Korean Airlines suspended flights to Kenya, which is not among the four West African countries affected by Ebola — Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria — but is a major air transit hub that serves those nations. A message on the organization’s Twitter account said: “W.H.O. disappointed when airlines stop flying to West Africa. Hard to save lives if we & other health workers cannot get in.” “ Read more

This is a personal illustration for The New York Times article, “Health Officials Try to Quell Fear of Ebola Spreading by Air Travel”.

Health Officials Try to Quell Fear of Ebola Spreading by Air Travel

"GENEVA — The World Health Organization on Thursday swiftly sought to quell fears that international air travel could become a conduit for spreading the deadly Ebola virus from Africa around the globe, emphasizing that such a risk was low.

The organization acted after Korean Airlines suspended flights to Kenya, which is not among the four West African countries affected by Ebola — Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria — but is a major air transit hub that serves those nations. A message on the organization’s Twitter account said: “W.H.O. disappointed when airlines stop flying to West Africa. Hard to save lives if we & other health workers cannot get in.” “ Read more

Here’s a little tribute to Robin Williams.

Here’s a little tribute to Robin Williams.

Looking at old  ideas and found a piece that I just know will finally get me into The New Yorker. ;)

Looking at old  ideas and found a piece that I just know will finally get me into The New Yorker. ;)

Here’s yet another colour version of my editorial illustration for a twitter article about social media causing cheating. This time I painted shadows in india ink wash, and then used a custom brush in Photoshop to add colour. I also figured out how to get a custom organic edge using a pre-painted square and the layers (and the screen funtion).
Overall, I’m not sure about this one. It’s a little busy. I like the palette though. Will likely do another version with no india ink and very flat colour that I will paint by hand.

Here’s yet another colour version of my editorial illustration for a twitter article about social media causing cheating. This time I painted shadows in india ink wash, and then used a custom brush in Photoshop to add colour. I also figured out how to get a custom organic edge using a pre-painted square and the layers (and the screen funtion).

Overall, I’m not sure about this one. It’s a little busy. I like the palette though. Will likely do another version with no india ink and very flat colour that I will paint by hand.

A painting test for an editorial illustration about twitter ruining your relationship.

A painting test for an editorial illustration about twitter ruining your relationship.

Meet Moolectro the wonder cow. This is a sketch and colour test for an children’s editorial article I’m working on. It’s about using cow poop to generate electricity. I’m using a new technique to generate ideas, which might sound a little weird. I’m not reading the article first. I’m just taking the basics, cow poop = electricity and riffing in my sketchbook to see what I get. Then later I’ll read the article. I could be way off, but hey, who doesn’t love cows and superheros.

Meet Moolectro the wonder cow. This is a sketch and colour test for an children’s editorial article I’m working on. It’s about using cow poop to generate electricity. I’m using a new technique to generate ideas, which might sound a little weird. I’m not reading the article first. I’m just taking the basics, cow poop = electricity and riffing in my sketchbook to see what I get. Then later I’ll read the article. I could be way off, but hey, who doesn’t love cows and superheros.

The Sad Toe Creative Process

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The Project: This is the final illustration for a personal project where I re-illustrated, Wondering about ingrown toenails? from The Washington Post kid’s section. I didn’t see the actual illustration that went with the article until I had finished my interpretation. It was a story about how you get ingrown toenails and had a tie-in to soccer. Now…on to how I came up with the final.

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Concept #1: Watching the game. I had to tie-in the story to soccer so I imagined the hurt foot watching the game rather than playing. The other toes are all mad at the big toe because they can’t play in the game. Fun, but too much going on I think.

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Concept #2: For simplicity, this was just a foot with a giant foam we’re-#1-hand on one of the toes with a sad ingrown big toe. Although funny, this didn’t have as strong as a connection to soccer as the first concept. I did get a nice foot character here though. I kept it and moved on.

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Final Concept: Back to soccer! I boiled it all down to just my foot, and a soccer goal. I like this much better and created the final illustration with a few tweaks. It’s china marker and graphite on tracing paper, coloured digitally with my own customized photoshop brush. The big toe is ingrown, but only a little.

The Actual Concept Used: The original illustration by Alla Dreyvitser is of a foot with a big toe shouting in pain and bandaged up. I think kids would find this very intriguing and would want to read on. I really like how the little toes are shocked by the big toe’s predicament. This is a very eye-catching and effective illustration!

Overall, I learned a lot about simplifying an image and being able to let go of ideas you like but that just don’t work. Also, I think the kids can handle a little more horror! I’ll be doing more of these fun personal projects in the coming weeks.

" Oh!" said the Princess. “No. I scarcely slept at all. Heaven knows what’s in that bed. I lay on something so hard that I’m black and blue all over. It was simply terrible.”  — The Princess and the Pea, by Hans Christian Andersen.

" Oh!" said the Princess. “No. I scarcely slept at all. Heaven knows what’s in that bed. I lay on something so hard that I’m black and blue all over. It was simply terrible.” — The Princess and the Pea, by Hans Christian Andersen.