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.
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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.
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