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July 16, 2007
illustration roundup dusts through town once again with an amalgamation of illustrational delights collected from the past few weeks. Served up for one and all, from the illoz gang.


illustration thanks to David Gothard

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the future of TV in Australia
posted by John Hersey
client: Australian Financial Review
art director: Shirleen Nolan

Out in the bush they have got BushTV as in pucker bushes kangaroos and millions of rabbits ... and some crocs too

AFR link

Mutually Assured Mayhem
posted by Chang Park
art director: Christine Silver

This is a spread for an article about hedge fund blowup that has thrown the world's biggest financial institutions into a game of brinkmanship.

Unmasking the Father
posted by Joseph Fiedler
client: San Francisco Chronicle Magazine
art director: Dorothy Yule

My Word essay about lesbian mothers worried about raising their two boys without a father.

article online

Invest In Obesity
posted by Michael Sloan
client: Forbes
art director: Charles Brucaliere

One of four illustrations about investing in companies that cater to the obese. There's a chain of clothing stores for the "Big and Tall" man that sells... well, you can guess!

online story

Portrait of Fredy Bush, CEO of Xinhua Finance Ltd.
posted by Cathleen Toelke
client: The Wall Street Journal
art director: David Pybas

The Wall St. Journal, known for it's traditional black & white stipple portraits, commissioned me to do a painted color portrait for their recent Weekend Edition's centerpiece "Riding the Tiger". 

The subject is American Fredy Bush, CEO of Xinhua Finance Ltd. in Shanghai, the company she founded out of an alliance with the Xinhua News Agency, the Chinese Communist Party's primary media organ.  Originally a divorced mother from Utah, hers has been a success story of a self-styled, enterprising American being in China at the right time.

Recently, Ms. Bush and her media company are under fire for certain highly profitable transactions.  The Journal wanted to stir away from controversy in the portrait however, focusing instead on Ms. Bush's transition from Utah to Shanghai.

David Pybas was a dream to work with on what was for me a fast turn-around job.

New Portrait Series
posted by Joshua Gorchov
client: San Francisco Chronicle Magazine
art director: Dorothy Yule

This is a portrait of Jim McKerrow, director of the Sandler Center for Basic Research in Parasitic Diseases. It is part of an ongoing series I am doing for San Francisco Chronicle Magazine.

article online

Best of LA Cover
posted by Michael Doret
client: Los Angeles Magazine
art director: Joe Kimberling

My favorite AD, Joe Kimberling asked me to come up with a pixellated "pool tile" letterform design for the August cover of Los Angeles Magazine. I worked together with NYC based Joe Zeff - who created the super-real underwater tile effect, for a true Coast 2 Coast collaboration. This is the 2nd Best of LA cover I've worked on - the first is in my Covers gallery.

At The Public Theater
posted by Edel Rodriguez
client: The New Yorker
art director: Chris Curry

This illustration accompanied a review of a musical called"Passing Strange" at The Public Theater in NYC. Stew, a popular performer at Joe's Pub, was commissioned by The Public to develop this story of a young black bohemian in search of self and home who charts a course for "the real" through sex, drugs, and rock and roll. More of my images for The New Yorker can be seen HERE in the "Culture" section of my portfolio.

article online

The Mullets of Summer
posted by Adam McCauley
client: Cincinnati Magazine
art director: Nancy Stetler

One from a series of ongoing back page illustrations done for Cincinnati magazine.

Democrats and Faith
posted by Tim O'Brien
client: Time magazine
art director: D.W. Pine

Over the long weekend around the 4th of July I received an e-mail from Time about whether I would do a job. I try to get away in the summer and not be glued to cell phones and e-mail...(thanks Steve Jobs!) So I read the e-mail and I see that calls were made trying to find me and I quickly replied. It was for and image of the democrats, namely, Obama, Clinton and Edwards talking more and more about faith and religion. It was a cover. I think the AD thought of two ideas; one of the three in a church kneeling and the other was perhaps a stained glass. I liked that one and promised a sketch when I returned to the studio. It was due Wednesday...that gave me 2 and a half days. I did the sketch Sunday night and it was approved on Monday afternoon. I looked at many windows and have a house filled with them as well. Glass the effect of showing that these shapes were not just geometric but of glass was one that I was going for. The glass is varied throughout and the faces are rendering a way that looks a little like Tim O'Brien did it and a little like the rendering on a stained glass window. It is really hard for me to not just do what I do...I kept wanting to call Marc Burkhardt and split the job with him. He would have done these faces the right way. Cathleen Toelke too. Anyway since it publishes on Friday now, here is the painting. Intended for the cover, but not selected, they placed it as an opener. That's a nice thing. For years when I did a cover that was not used they put it on ice. Always killed me that it didn't run at all. Fun assignment that reminded me of how Ken Smith would use me. Not just the rendering but pushing the idea way out front.

article online

posted by A.Richard Allen
client: Fortean Times
art director: Etienne Gilfillan

An intriguing bit of copy looking into an account from the 10th Century of a giant woman supposedly washed up on a beach in Ireland.

More about the process here

posted by Robert Crawford
client: Feiwel and Friends
art director: Rich Deas

This is the cover of a book about a young girl who loses herself everyday at the same tree reading a book and eating Scooter pies and watching the train go by.
It takes place in the rural south in the 50's.

I love doing these types of books. Plenty of character and a great AD!