In the Sun
The day comes
early in New York town.
The summer is here
and with it somehow,
I no longer want to change
the world or fix the one
I’m in—I just want a little
more time in the sun,
before the fall begins.
(by amri amri)
Last year I had the pleasure of working on some backgrounds for Chainsaw Richard, a new cartoon by Christopher Reineman. These were then colored by Kristin Donner.
You can watch Chainsaw Richard HERE on Cartoon Hangover.
GATHERERS, another new one for SooJin Buzelli at PlanSponsor. This is for an article about how healthcare and retirement planning can work in unison.
I liked all my sketches for this, though, as usual, only one of them actually works for the prompt. It usually takes me a bit to really suss out the core of the article. There’s a balance that the working sketch strikes that none of the others do.
When these projects pop up, and I can more or less draw anything, as long as it relates back to the topic, I almost always try to exhaust whatever current topic my mind is focused on, before trying different subject matter. Last time it was knights, this time it was strange animals.
I usually get a lot of color advice from Kali, but she had a bigger hand in this one than usual. Pretty much steered the whole ship for a little while.
These started as just rough thumbnails, but it’s one of those things where I didn’t want to do a final image because it might lose some of the raw energy it had before, as with a lot of things in sketches. The one with the cat and mouse thing started from a small thumbnail image on our phone that kind of looked cool, even though it didn’t have to do anything with the subject in the small painting.
Silicon Valley Lady Warrior
3 illustrations accompany the profiling of the feisty Shanley Kane by Elizabeth Spiers. Kane, a feminist publisher, started her own media company Modern View Culture in the male dominating Tech environment in 2013. She’s known for her outspokenness when taking on the worst of Silicon Valley (and sometimes her allies, too).
Read the story and check out AD Erich Nagler’s beautiful layout design here on Medium.
Big thanks to Erich, whom I have enjoyed working with during his NYTimes days, for this challenging assignment!
Tattoo by Jef Small @jef_small_tattooer
Noelle Triaureau - Hotel Transylvania
To make his furniture, artist Greg Klassen collects trees (in a sustainable way, I might mention) from the river bed of the Nooksack River which flows near his home in Lynden, Washington and then transforms them into gorgeous works of art; cutting, carving and sanding them all by hand. You can see more of the gorgeous work below!
— but you are not one of us.