January 3, 2010

Suicide Watch

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A few months ago, I got a call from UCLA Magazine to illustrate an article on rising suicide rates among middle-aged Americans. After sketching the first few thumbnails and re-reading the article, I decided to focus on the absence of connection and we went with the man in the park. From there I experimented with the idea of visual isolation by including the passing world in watercolor figures and warmer temperatures.

12 comments:

Irina Tozzola said...

excelent work!

Patrick Hruby said...

Owen, this came out so good! I also like the sketch of the people in the water. It is a difficult topic and I think you handled it with a lot of dignity.

Alexis said...

I love looking at all your thumbnails. the hand-drawn charcoal people are a really nice touch in the final piece.

wayne johnson illustration said...

much to be learned here as always!! damn good finish bruther owen!!

Cláudio David said...

you are incredible man!

pete ryan said...

really nice stuff!

Michael Cho said...

I really enjoyed seeing your thumbnails as you grappled with a difficult subject to illustrate. This could easily have turned into a mediocre illustration in less adept hands. The final concept and it's execution are exceptional.

James(Luke) said...

killing it owen

DAVRO DRAWVRO™ said...

im so amazed..!!!

spaceneedle68 said...

Wonderful stuff. Love this one.

Yasemin Baran said...

love this Owen! great concept, beautiful execution :)

dave said...

killed it on this one O