December 11, 2012

The Wall Street Journal: Neighbor

WSJ "Neighbor" Illustration
A small illustration I did for this past weekend's Wall Street Journal on identity fraud rings operating close to home. The sketches below were first done using the Paper app for the iPad and then tightened up in photoshop before going to the ink and digital finish (above.) Much thanks to AD Mark Tyner.
WSJ "Neighbor" Process
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November 28, 2012

The New York Times: Is This the End?

New York Times Sunday Review: The End
Last week I illustrated my first Sunday Review cover for the New York Times. The opinion piece by James Atlas touched upon aspects of changing coastlines and vanishing civilizations throughout history and up through present day. Erich Nagler, Art Director for the Sunday Review, proposed an underwater Antlantis-type view of New York City, which I started in the sketches below, ultimately adding in a bit more sea life and light to the adjusted Statue of Liberty scene.
New York Times Sunday Review: The End sketches
It was a pleasure to get to share the paper with so many great illustrations in the Sunday paper, and an additional surprise to see it cited by Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News the following day.

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New York Times Sunday Review: The End print

November 5, 2012

The New Yorker: Flight

The New Yorker: Flight
I got a call from The New Yorker to illustrate this week's review of Robert Zemeckis's new film "Flight" starring Denzel Washington. Even though I only had access to a few interviews and trailers, I enjoyed the challenge of keeping things simple and a bit more iconic in the sketches.
Much thanks to AD Chris Curry.
The New Yorker: Flight [sketches]

October 17, 2012



Found some time between a couple of longer-term projects yesterday to paint up a daily sketchbook drawing from earlier in the week. Lots of fun, look forward to doing it more.

August 28, 2012

Washington Post: Glucagonoma

Medical Mystery series illustration in today's Washington Post. This story followed a man whose skin condition symptoms misled doctors for nearly a decade. The sketches below were based on one point in the article when a seminar of 20 medical specialists were brought in to consult on the situation. This apparently included a lot of "head scratching." Art Director Brad Walters.


June 26, 2012

Nike: Jordan Trunner Dominate

Last fall I started working with Nike to illustrate a series of comic-book-type cityscapes designed to be staging backdrops for large-format displays for the just released Jordan 'Dominate Training' campaign, featuring photos of Chris Paul.

The sketches emphasized familiar, but not-quite-recognizable, cityscapes and alleyways, balancing dark corners and highlights to show early morning light. The left top and bottom sketches were selected, with some adjustments, and the addition of a basketball court.
Here are a couple of the details from the finished line drawings (developed at 1200 dpi for the sake of enlargement) and below are the layouts from the Nike design team and some shots of the finished displays. Much thanks to David Frank and the whole team at Nike for the great collaboration.

May 29, 2012

The New Yorker: Doctor Who

New Yorker: Doctor Who Illustration
Getting assignments to work on something you're a fan of is always fun, but getting to work on something that you become a fan of while working is especially cool. I got a call from The New Yorker to illustrate a Doctor Who piece by Emily Nussbaum for the Sci-Fi issue and immediately regretted having put off watching the series. However, there's a lot to be said for being immersed in an entirely new subject while sketching and, in the case of the Doctor Who series, the only real visual struggle was editing down the wealth of great locations and monsters. Below are some of the unused rough sketches and the four sketches I cleaned up to submit. Thanks again to Chris Curry for the consistently fun assignments, and to the BBC for an exceptionally smart show.
New Yorker: Doctor Who roughs + sketchesNew Yorker: Doctor Who iPad

May 16, 2012

Grantland: Hagler v. Leonard

Grantland: Hagler/Leonard Illustration
 The new issue of Grantland, McSweeney's sports quarterly is on stands now with a huge amount of really nice artwork and essays. I had the good fortune to get to work with Juliet Litman on an illustration for a piece by Eric Raskin recounting the hotly debated oral history of the 1987 Hagler vs. Leonard fight. The crux of the piece being how subjective the calls were depending on perspectives and tastes of the judges, and how far from clean-cut the final decision was. Below are a few of the steps of the process, beginning with thumbnails done while reading the article, followed by sketches on the idea of conflicting viewpoints, and then the ink drawing layers. Grantland: Hagler/Leonard process

April 26, 2012

Mother Jones: Nuclear Truckers

Mother Jones: Nuclear Truckers
I got a call from Tim Luddy at Mother Jones to illustrate an article by Adam Wienstein about nuclear trucking routes through major cities and across the US. The security safeguards and trainings were interesting to learn about, but for the sketches I tried to come up with some scenes that conveyed the ominousness of these unmarked trucks and their radioactive cargo against the roads and cities we use every day. The issue is on newsstands now, much thanks again to Tim Luddy for the assignment.
Mother Jones: Nuclear Truckers Sketches

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Destinations

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Krubera Cave
A few months ago I had the opportunity to work on a series of illustrations for Birthe Steinbeck at the German Newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. It was a travel feature on extreme destinations around the globe (the deepest cave, the flattest place, and the steepest stone wall) and an interesting challenge to work primarily without figures.
Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Salar De Uyuni Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Mt. Thor SZ Magazine Sketches

March 19, 2012

The New Yorker: John Carter

NewYorker: John Carter
Last week I got a call to illustrate the John Carter film review for this week's New Yorker. Not having seen the film at the time, I pored over the (surprisingly) great selection of early teaser previews and clips from the movie while working on the sketches below. Ultimately we went with the giant monster attack scene, which was (not surprisingly) super fun to work on. Much thanks to Jordan Awan for the call.
  New Yorker: John Carter sketches

February 21, 2012

Washington Post: PBA

Washington Post: Medical Mystery February
The February Medical Mystery is out in today's Washington Post. The piece is about a man who was struck by a drunk driver, sustaining a severe brain injury that left him with aphasia, and suffering from random, uncontrollable emotional outbursts.

Below are the quick thumbnail idea sketches, where I was trying to think through different scenes and explore how to connect the elements of the story clearly. The tricky part, I discovered, was how to illustrate the context of the severe crying episodes, which were inexplicable, and often unrelated to the surrounding circumstances. I submitted the two refined sketches below, and ultimately we went with the elevator direction, which was drawn up on paper with ink and then painted digitally using Corel Painter and Photoshop. Art Direction by Brad Walters.
Feb Medical Mystery process Feb Medical Mystery paints

February 6, 2012

The New Yorker: Chronicle

I got my first call from The New Yorker last week to work on a quick turnaround illustration for a review of the new film Chronicle which opened this weekend. The films found-footage style seemed like an interesting and grounded take on the superpower origin story, so I tried to play off the 'character' of the camera lens' in the sketches below. After the first round of sketches, I refined a couple of them, adding in more characters in the fourth sketch, which was then chosen for the finish. Ultimately, the piece didn't see print, but it was a blast to work on.
NewYorker_Chroncle_Sketches650px NewYorker_Chroncle_Sketch02_650px

January 31, 2012

Washington Post: Dravet Syndrome

Washington Post: Dravet Syndrome
The January installment of the Medical Mystery column in The Washington Post is on stands today. The story is about an infant in Centerville Iowa that began to exhibit severe seizures shortly after being vaccinated at six months. As the baby developed, the seizures became so severe that she was placed in a medically induced coma for a short period, and medevac'd to nearby Des Moines or Iowa City hospitals multiple times. Ten years later she was finally diagnosed with severe mycolonic epilepsy of infancy, known as Dravet Syndrome, an inherited genetic mutation and completely unrelated to the vaccination. The sketches below were interesting to work on because of the amount of travel that takes place in the story, but ultimately we opted to go with the intensive care scene, since it touched on both the severity and inexplicability of the situation. Art Direction by Brad Walters.
 Washington Post: Dravet Syndrome

January 20, 2012

Washington Post: FMD

Washington Post: FMD Illustration
Above is one of the finished illustration from the Washington Post Medical Mysteries series I had missed posting last year. This particular piece was about an young woman whose undiagnosed Fibromuscular dysplasia led to years of dizziness, chronic headaches, vertigo and dangerously high blood pressure before finally being diagnosed as the cause. The sketches below were roughly based on the idea of her athletic marathon running life colliding with the physical effects of the disease, and ways the internal symptoms of hypertension and vertigo might be expressed in an externalized, two-dimensional way. Art Direction by Brad Walters.
Washington Post: FMD Sketches