Some recent work, some outtakes, and trick or treat!
Oprah magazine: Spiritual medium
One of six illustrations for a feature titled "Good Grief," for Oprah magazine, which was a series of essays on how we deal with death and grief. This illustration accompanied a story about a woman who was able to have a conversation with her deceased parents, including an anectode about the family cat.
Oprah magazine: Green burials
There is a growing interest in non-traditional burials; one alternative is to have a loved one's remains composted and used to nourish a memorial tree.
Oprah magazine: Death doula
A doula is a woman who typically provides support to a pregnant woman during labor; a death doula provides support for the terminally ill on their final journey. The "death doula" essay never ran, but I liked the sketch and took it to final on my own.
Oprah magazine: Good grief
An unselected sketch on the general theme of "good" grief. While a loved one's passing is cause for sadness, many believe their journey continues to a better place, and the terminally ill are freed of agony and discomfort.
For an article about Chinese bonds, which, while still not entirely safe, are becoming safer. An alternate version of this image ran in the magazine. Here, the red yuan symbol represents debt, with the "slip" marks suggesting risk. (The published version substituted a "stop" hand for the yuan symbol, so as not to suggest that the currency is unstable.)
Trick or Treat!
From the archives, an oldie done for the New Yorker magazine's "Blown Covers" blog, in which illustrators submitted proposed covers for themes assigned by art director Françoise Mouly. In this case the theme was—you guessed it—Halloween. This was titled How a child's brain works on Halloween. Homework is pretty much the last thing on his mind.
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