My latest assignment was for the cover of Westchester Magazine’s supplement publication, 914. This one was for a fun article that made a case for getting rid of ridiculous, outdated laws in New York. Although I submitted several more “concepty” ideas, the Art Director wanted to go in a more literal direction, so we settled on an image that depicted one of the silly laws in question. Apparently, there’s a law on the books that makes it illegal to wear mismatched jacket and pants in public.
For this image, I tried to find a nice balance between a clashing outfit and one that still worked well within the illustration as a whole. I named the character John Griffith because his appearance was somewhat inspired by John Candy’s character in Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, Del Griffith, with a little John Hodgman thrown in for good measure.
I also enjoyed going for a washed out, pasty lighting scheme reminiscent of actual mug shot photos.