It’s September... back to school for the kids, and back to work after an all-too-brief summer vacation. Here is some recent work and some recently-announced award winners, as well as two from the archives to celebrate back-to-school and Labor Day.
LA Times Fall 2018 Arts Preview
One of three "Fall Preview" illustrations I recently did for the LA Times: the Arts Preview, the Movie Preview, and the TV Preview. Each was intended as a full page cover of the Preview section, although the "Movie Preview" art got bumped to the inside by a photo of someone named Lady Gaga. :-/
The Arts Preview
LA Times Fall 2018 Movie Preview
The Movie Preview
LA Times Fall 2018 TV Preview
The TV Preview
New work: Tomorrow
The glass may seem half empty, but tomorrow's a new day. Personal piece, created while working on an assignment about "optimism."
Five winners in Creative Quarterly 53
Moving on from the fall leaves of the LA Times Fall Previews to summer leaves... "Gone" is about man eulogizing the death of his father; as a child, he and his father had built a birdhouse together. The image represents the secure home life his father built, as well as the void his passing left. Read more about this piece in July’s newsletter.
This piece will appear in print in Creative Quarterly 53, due out in January 2019.
Four more CQ53 winners that will appear online
These four appeared in recent newsletters; here’s a quick look, with links to the original posts which feature larger artwork and further details.
Prez Dispenser A personal piece about the constant dispensing of lies by the current occupant of the oval office. Read more in May’s newsletter.
These will appear online upon publication of CQ53 in January 2019.
An illustration for the Society for Human Resource Management, for an article on employees using their corporate mobile devices after hours, and the implications it may have for overtime pay.
From the archives: Back to School
This was done for The New Yorker’s Blown Covers blog—an ongoing challenge a few years back in which illustrators submitted ideas for hypothetical covers whose themes were chosen by the magazine’s art director, Françoise Mouly. The theme was "back to school," and I focused on the relief parents feel as their lives return to some semblance of order and normalcy. Some day, I believe, my kids—who disapproved—will come to like this piece.
In celebration of Labor Day: From the 2008 Manifest Hope show
"American Worker" was created for the Manifest Hope show, an exhibition of artwork by artists calling attention to the issues and candidacy of Barack Obama. Selected artists could choose one of a variety of issues, and I opted to focus on "labor." It hung in the DC Manifest Hope show in Georgetown in the weeks surrounding the January 2009 inauguration.
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