Illustration Roundup: March 2015

Animals with human clothes! Board games as metaphors! Walk signs with self awareness! Let's do this.

Opportunity Anxiety NY Times AD: Aviva Michaelov

Opportunity Anxiety
NY Times
AD: Aviva Michaelov

I got the chance to dust off the animation panel in photoshop this month. This was for a story on how the fear of the unknown can keep people from taking action when opportunities arrive. Thanks to Aviva Michaelov for the assignment!

Sespe Sunrise Aun Apprendo AD: Oliver Cornell, Randy Bertin

Sespe Sunrise
Aun Apprendo
AD: Oliver Cornell, Randy Bertin

This was a fun one for the alumni magazine of my old highschool (go Coyotes!) One of the big traditions of the school was a yearly trip up to king's canyon. They would give us a list of supplies we had to put together before we headed out, and for some reason wool pants were mandatory, so I went to a thrift store and got these ancient wool army pants that were as stiff as cardboard and about as comfortable. Somehow, everyone else had realized they should just bring the normal pants they always wore. Formative experiences. Thanks to Randy Bertin for thinking of me for this! 

Cuba Numbers Newsweek AD: Mike Friel

Cuba Numbers
Newsweek
AD: Mike Friel

This was a piece for Newsweek's "Two Number's" column, for a story on lifting of the travel embargo to Cuba. I was working on this while all the controversy about Edel Rodrigez's cover was going on, and I found myself scrutinizing this depiction of Cuba for any potential cultural insensitivities. Thanks to Mike Friel for the assignment!

I thought I might want to use this as a promo, so I reimagined it as a promotion for an imaginary airline. (Then I googled Aero Cubana, and it's actually not as fictional as I thought.)

Coding Land Crain's Chicago Business AD: Karen Freese

Coding Land
Crain's Chicago Business
AD: Karen Freese

I designed this game board for a story opener in Crain's Chicago Business. (The story compares the value of 10 week "Coding Bootcamps" with more traditional 4 year universities.) When I was a kid I played "The Game of Life" once, and was kind of confused by the rules, but really loved the board itself. It was at a cousins house, so I only saw it once, and after the fact it became more beautiful and complicated in my mind. Looking it up on image search now it is pretty standard. My imaginary version looked more like the Game of Thrones intro. Thanks to Karen Freese for the assignment!