Sunday, January 27, 2013

New York Times Book Review

Hey guys! Recently I completed a set of illustrations for an essay in The New York Times Book Review, which is out now in today's New York Times! The essay, by Karen E. Bender, recounts the event that inspired her to become a writer: getting hit in the head by a rock during a birthday party when she was six years old. Later in the essay, she uses rocks as a metaphor for anything in our lives that forces us to consider and process our experiences to try to make sense of them.
My AD Rex Bonomelli wanted a playful way to connect three spots, so his idea was to have a rock bouncing from one to the next. Here are my initial sketches:

Idea #1 was chosen, with a few slight adjustments made to better fit their layout. Here are the final ink drawings:

Here are the final spots, colored in Photoshop:

And here is the final layout:

Thanks to AD Rex Bonomelli and the New York Times for the opportunity! I had a lot of fun on this project!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everybody! I haven't posted anything in a long time because of the craziness of the holidays and the craziness of my workload, but I can post something now that I have a second.
Recently I started working freelance/part-time for WeLoveFine, which makes pop-culture-related shirts and accessories. Occasionally I might post some stuff I make there. Here's a design of Kitty Pryde/Shadowcat (of the X-Men) that I came up with:

It's called "Phases." Get it? Because Kitty Pryde can "phase" through matter? Also she's a teenager?? Ahh, you get it. Anyway, you can get it as a shirt here.

If you're wondering, this was drawn in ink and colored in Photoshop. If you've been following my work for a while then you know that I rarely work digitally, but now that I've been doing it more and more I'm kind of growing to love it (being able to change colors around is especially appealing to an indecisive person like me). I'm still not as quick as I'd like, but I think I'm getting faster and more used to working this way.
I actually just finished a freelance editorial piece that was also done in ink and Photoshop. I'll probably be able to post that soon so keep an eye out for it! Hopefully I'll be able to get some good old-fashioned painting done some time in the near future so I can post that, too.

Yayyy 2013!