Throwing Shade for Sierra Magazine

After designing the layout of an illustration for a double page spread, it’s always a thrill to see it incorporated well with the text. Here’s one recently created for Sierra Club’s Sierra Magazine. Art Director Tracy Cox and I worked through a few rounds of ideas until we found the right balance for this story about utility company executives taking measures to demonize and even penalize solar power consumers.

I Put a Bird on Something for Variety Magazine

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I got a call from Art Director Cheyne Gately for a quick turnaround illustration for Variety Magazine. This was for a story about bringing satellite TV to the internet and mobile devices. A simple and straightforward approach seemed best, although I thought the addition of a bird hanging out on the satellite dish added a little more visual interest. The bird was killed because of an understandable concern that it might be seen as a Twitter reference, but I still prefer the feel of this version.

5 Illustrations for the New York Times

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I was thrilled to work with Minh Uong for this series of illustrations for the New York Times Sunday Business section (on the stands today). I was asked to visualize five tax-related topic briefs as simplified, iconic images. I believe four of them went to print, but you can see all five here. The first one above was entitled Medical Deduction Whittled.

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Simpler Home-Office Math

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Harvesting Losses

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How the Rich are Hit

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Underwater Uncertainty

Read the whole article here >>

New Work for Variety Magazine – Film Lottery

Here’s another piece for Variety about the fact that studios are picking up less and less films each year. And so getting your film picked up is akin to winning the lottery. Art Director Cheyne Gately came to me with this concept and it was a winner, (get it?) so we just went straight to final.

Speaking at the ICON8 Illustration Conference

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I’m not sure how much I’m allowed to say about this right now, but it looks like I can officially announce that I will be joining the wonderful roster of speakers at this year’s ICON8 Illustration Conference. After attending two of the previous events and even serving on the board for last year’s conference, I’m truly honored to be a part of this year’s gathering in Portland, Oregon. Stay tuned for more details to come…

Here’s the official press release via ICON8 >>

More information about the conference here >>

The Day I Granted Clemency to Edward Snowden

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Tell Edward the joyous news! Over the weekend I created this quick-turnaround illustration for Intelligence Squared US for a last minute debate topic about the fate of Edward Snowden. It’s always fun when I get a chance to draw from classic popular culture like this Monopoly “Get Out of Jail, Free” card. The real challenge was making Snowden’s likeness work within the Monopoly style. Thanks again to Clea Chang for the assignment.

Check out the debate here >>

New Round of Illustrations for Intelligence Squared US

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After a few months of work I can finally share my latest round of illustrations for the Spring Season of Intelligence Squared US debates. I was really excited to take on this new collection after my first collaboration with Director of Marketing and Production Clea Chang. The folks at ISquared US always have such inspiring topics and are wonderful to work with.

Please enjoy these latest additions to the lineup and be sure to watch and/or listen to one of their amazing debates.

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Russia is a Marginal Power

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The Future of the University is Online

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Death is Not Final

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Obamacare is Now Beyond Rescue

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Labor Unions are the Enemy of the Middle Class

Illustration Squared – A Project Comes Full…Square?

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A couple of weeks ago I had the great pleasure of attending an Intelligence Squared US event with my mother, which was special for so many reasons. You may or may not be aware that I created illustrations for their current season of debates.

While most of the events are held in New York, this one in particular was being held in Los Angeles, California the very weekend that I was helping my mom move from Phoenix, Arizona to Santa Rosa, California. AND it also just happened to be the debate that I created a Wizard of Oz themed image for, which was my mom’s favorite movie growing up. So we of course jumped at the opportunity to attend.

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(Yours truly with some of the work I’ve created for Intelligence Squared US)

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(With Clea Conner Chang, Director of Marketing and Production)

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(With Moderator John Donvan)

It was so great to see my work up on the main stage and also meet some of the people I’ve been working with for several months.

Brain Scale Illustration for Experience Life

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Art Director Stephanie Glaros of Experience Life (and formerly Utne Reader) contacted me to illustrate an article claiming that lost weight leads to a sharper brain. I was grateful to finally get a chance to work with Stephanie, and we agreed that the brain shaped weight scale was a perfect solution.

New Illustration – Spy on Me, I’d Rather Be Safe

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I had a lot of fun with this latest piece for another Intelligence Squared US debate entitled “Spy on Me, I’d Rather Be Safe”.

Here’s a synopsis of the debate:

“The NSA collects data on billions of phone calls and internet communications per day. Are these surveillance programs legal? Do they keep us safe? If not for the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, most Americans would be unaware of the vast amounts of information their government is secretly collecting, all in the name of national security. But whether you believe leakers are heroes or traitors, an important public conversation has finally begun, and we should ask ourselves: What tradeoffs are we willing to make between security and privacy?

As Benjamin Franklin might have asked, “Are we giving up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety, and thus deserving of neither?”

* On a related note, I’m very excited to be able to attend one of the debates that I created illustrations for next week in Los Angeles, so watch for updates on that.

Spotlight Q&A for Intelligence Squared US

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Recently I posted here about my illustrations for the current season of Intelligence Squared US debates, which air on PBS and OPB. The illustrations are being used on their web site, as well as in posters, programs, and even onstage, as shown in the screenshot above. I really enjoyed working on this series, and we’re already getting geared up for the next half of the season.

This week they were kind enough to publish a brief Q&A about my creative process for this series of images, which you can read here if you’re interested.

New Work – Social Media Risks Plus One

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Welcome back! Today I wanted to share this latest illustration for Architectural Lighting Magazine for an article about the risks that businesses face when engaging in social media. I had a lot of fun with the banana peel metaphor for this one. Probably a little too much.

And here’s another one for Scouting magazine about the Boy Scout Association’s efforts to call alumni scouts back to the organization for volunteer work. Thanks for looking!

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6 New Illustrations for Intelligence Squared

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I am so excited to finally share this collection of illustrations I created for the new season of Intelligence Squared, a debate show that airs on PBS and NPR. It was such a thrill to work with the Director of Marketing and Production Clea Conner Chang on this because I respect what they’re doing over there and enjoyed developing smart concepts based on each topic. I’ll be creating a blog post for them about the development of this project, and I’ll be sure to share that here as well.

The image above was for the topic Don’t Eat Anything with a Face, and here are the rest:

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The U.S. Drone Program is Fatally Flawed

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Break Up the Big Banks

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For a Better Future, Live in a Red State

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Let Anyone Take a Job Anywhere

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The Constitutional Right to Bear Arms Has Outlived Its Usefulness

Organic Cover Illustration for Dallas Observer

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I love cover illustration projects, and it has actually been a few months since I’ve done one. This was for a Dallas Observer article about a veteran soldier who turns to organic farming. Such a fun overlap of visuals to choose from for this one. Thanks to Tracie Louck for the collaboration. You can check out the story here.

New Illustration for Nautilus

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I was truly honored to get to work with Art Director Len Small of Nautilus, a great science publication that makes amazing use of talented illustrators. This piece was for an article about “orphan planets”, which don’t seem to orbit around anything, but instead wander on their own. You can read the story here.