March 4, 2014
Editor Emily Potts called with a fun project to create a custom set of 100 mini cards with rounded corners for myself as part of a campaign by Moo.com to have creatives from many disciplines showcase the possibilities of their mini cards. It is amazing how easy it is to customize cards these days and it was fun collecting, reediting and cropping images from past work to create a cohesive collection.
Here’s an interview with Emily on Rockpaperink about the cards.
Client: Moo.com Editor: Emily Potts
February 25, 2014
Hélène Le Cannu from TITA (an advertising agency in Milan) contacted me for a fun project for La Scala In Famiglia which is a series of performances meant for children. I was asked to create an image for a piano accordion style guide for the opera, Lucia Di Lammermoore. The main concept for the art is Lucia as a tour guide guiding the audience through the opera. To make this idea work, I approached the composition with characters and elements as toy figures in miniaturized set. It was also fun to finally see my characters with facial hair. Much thanks to Hélène and TITA for a fun project.
Poster and Guide for Lucia di Lammermoore. Agency: TITA srl (Milan)
February 18, 2014
Emily Potts called with a fun project from Moo.com. They wanted me to create 100 unique images for a 100 set of mini business cards with rounded corners to showcase their ability to customize. An article and interview about the cards and process will appear soon but Emily was kind enough to let me show a preview. It was fun and I did feel a tinge of sadness when the project was complete.
Much thanks to Emily and Moo.com.
February 11, 2014
Dan Smith from the Wall St Journal called with an assignment about companies getting on board with big data. Seems like they see other companies using big data and they are scrambling to get on board so they won’t be left behind. As a child my biggest worry was being the last to know if the other kids were doing something fun so this was a very easy concept for me to create. Come to think of it, many of my concepts are probably rooted in the dynamics of the playground.
February 4, 2014
Very welcome and surprising news came from CA that one of my pieces has been accepted for the 2014 Illustration Annual. I used to read CA in high school and it was a big inspiration for a student finding his way. This is probably the toughest annual to be accepted so it’s always exciting to hear good news. Here’s a great post by Upper Case Magazine’s Janine Vangool about her experience judging the show.
The illustration “Who’s afraid of black swans?” was for an article about risk for Morningstar Advisor Magazine. Alex Skoirchet is one of my favorite directors and we have a nice collaborative process. Since I’m a bit of a financial geek, I really wanted to draw a black swan since it is a term for financial disruption. Risk is about fear so the image of being afraid of monsters at night seemed perfect.
Here were other options for risk. The literal monster could have worked but obviously I’m thrilled Alex picked the swan.
January 28, 2014
The Chronicle of Higher Education and I go way back and it is rare to have a client for the life of a career. They were my first client and we have worked together ever since. It has been satisfying to watch the Chronicle grow in stature and see their articles selected for many of the aggregate sites I read.
This illustration for Art Director Scott Seymour was for an article about the retreat of US university education from an international scope at a time when the world is becoming more interconnected. What makes this even more distressing is US universities historically were leaders in an international view on education, especially during the 50′s and 60′s. The idea behind this was playing on the fear of being left behind.
January 21, 2014
Tim Carr from Golf World started 2014 requesting a series of illustrations about advances in using statistics to improve the game of golfers. We have worked together since the Golf Magazine days in the 2000′s and have played many rounds together. Since I have been accused of having a single handicap swing but a mid handicap brain, this assignment might be the cure for my golfing ills. Growing up in a family of scientists also made this project fun. Maybe the next time Tim and I play, the brain will finally match the swing.
The illustration was originally a full page before Tim decided he needed a spread.
The focus of the spots were various aspects of the golf game which can be examined and the sometimes surprising results which can be discovered.
January 14, 2014
Planet Yang is off this week but will be back soon. We’re keeping an eye out for pirates so you will be safe.
January 7, 2014
Watched a little football playoffs this weekend and one team’s success was attributed to chemistry between quarterbacks and receivers. They know each other so well the quarterback knows where the receiver will improvise when a play breaks down and the receiver knows where the quarterback likes to throw the ball. Art Director SooJin Buzelli and I have a similar relationship. It is uncanny how many times she picks the sketch I’m most excited about doing without any prompting. This was an illustration for PlanSponsor about how generation Y is learning how to adjust to the ups and downs they have confronted with the economy.
The sketches were ideas about the ups and downs generation Y has to endure. My gut said sketch 2 was best but any of them could have worked depending on the emphasis of the story. SooJin read my mind and picked sketch 2 but it is not uncommon for us to like the same approach.
We should really think about taking our mind reading act on the road.
December 31, 2013
An interesting request for a group exhibit came by email asking for an interpretation of the world’s end which seemed like an ironic request during the holidays. My take wasn’t the apocalyptic scene which I’m sure many illustrators will take but a more quite “snuffing” out approach. One science fiction short story talks about a scientist who helps monks calculate every possible name for God with a super computer. Once this task is complete, the purpose of man is finished. At the end when the names are calculated, the stars vanish one by one.
December 24, 2013
May everyone get all the presents you want may your dreams come true for the next year. I would also like to thank my clients for a very good year. Few things make me as happy as working away on a deadline then scampering off to indulge whatever hobby like a kid who has proudly finished his homework.
Have a happy holiday and please drink an extra glass of eggnog for me.
December 20, 2013
Like many young artists, my first introduction to art was comics and I dreamt about being a cartoonist before discovering illustration in high school. Things have come full circle after a couple of Parsons students insisted I create a comic based on the humor of my twitter feed. One student said I play all the gentleman games but am not always a gentleman. This is how the Impolite Gentleman was born. If you would like to follow his journey (and many false starts while I learn) please follow him on Tumblr or Facebook.
The game plan is one strip will be produced every week.
Here’s the first to give you a feel and enjoy.
December 17, 2013
It’s been a pleasure working with the CFA institute on various projects and covers for their regular magazine. Even more fun has been working with Communication Design in Richmond. My former professor, Robert Meganck is one of the principles so it always brings back nice memories. Bil Cullen called and asked for a cover about age demographics and picked this bell curve solution. For the sake of ego, I’m going to pretend the male in the middle is me.
December 10, 2013
The Washington Post will always have a soft place in my heart since they helped my career break out as a young illustrator starting in DC. It was very heady to walk into the famous newsroom and see the energy. When Ben Bradlee walked by, I almost had a heart attack. He definitely had a presence. Lisa Schreiber called with a story about new apps for computers being ignored because software companies use resources to first develop mobile apps. I might have felt like the tiny computer in the presence of the great Bradlee.
December 3, 2013
Emerging Markets have been a big theme for the last few years even though many of the “Emerging” countries are much older than the US. This was an illustration for Orlie Kraus for the Weekend Wall Street Journal with a quiz for investors about investing in Emerging Markets.
Layering has been a thing of mine lately and it was fun creating a texture with multiple flags in the background.