Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Maisonneuve - Cover Illustrations Part 1

The current issue of Maisonneuve magazine has a really cool and very different cover design (by Anna Minzhulina). The cover story is about the death of newspapers and the rise of citizen media. I was asked to do an illustration of a crowd breaking through the main frame and spilling onto the newspaper page to see what this new media is all about.

After my sketch was approved by the art director I took a bunch of ridiculous looking photos to overlay on my sketch with similar poses. Chantal and I spent some time running around yelling and screaming, stumbling and rolling around to get the right expressions and movements.

I transferred this image to watercolor paper, made a few adjustments, added some more people and started painting. The flying newspapers in the final illustration were added digitally from photos I took.

This issue is on newsstands now. Check back tomorrow to see some more work I did on the cover.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Treasure Map - TimeOut Chicago

I love painting maps and was happy to get the chance to do this treasure map for Time Out Chicago. This piece accompanies an article about finding certain Jewish foods during 0ff-holiday times.
The foods I was asked to include are: Challah bread, chicken soup with matzoh balls, an apple and a bagel.
To push the Jewish angle of the piece I thought it would be fun to mark each food with the Star of David, and Chicago, Il. is written in the top right with a Hebrew script.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Papillons Letterpress Invitation

Here's another illustration I worked on recently for a letterpress wedding invitation set. The illustration was printed with a really nice purple while the text was printed with silver ink on 110 lb Crane Lettra paper.

The invitations were printed by letterpress stationers, Papillon Press.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Seashore Letterpress Invitation

Here's a seashore scene I drew a while back for a letterpress wedding invitation that took place in New Brunswick. The invitations turned out great - all those little crosshatch details showed up really nicely.

These cards were printed on 110 lb Crane Lettra by Papillon Press.