It’s the Economy, Stupid

Barrons, WSJ

The overwhelming majority of my illustration projects this year continue to revolve around the poor economy. It was interesting to note that I proposed a ‘depression-istic’ illustration concept in the middle of 2008 to the Journal, and it was rejected out of hand as being much too ‘alarmist’. Now here we are six months later, and the depression concepts are starting to get a bit easier to swallow. The above illustration, for the Wall Street Journal last weekend, was on the ‘fear of unemployment’ topic, and the illustration below, was another rush job for the same client, this one on ‘furloughs’ as an alternative to getting ‘laid off’.

I also had a couple of dire financial illustrations this past week for Barrons, the one above on ‘money disappearing’ acts, and the one below on consumers taking on the bank’s toxic assets.

I continue to work on the ‘game board’ project this month, and should have some samples in the coming weeks.

The Ides of February

Sorsamo Games, WSJ

Been a busy month, but mostly with a single large project, and there hasn’t been much free time for anything else. The above illustration is another health care spot for the Wall Street Journal, and below is another illustration for the same client sometime last week.

By way of a sneak preview of the ‘large project’ that has been taking up most of the month, below is an early version of the box cover illustration. This is a board game project for a client in Finland. The project involves the box design, the board layout, a rules/story booklet with several illustrations and various cards and peripheral materials. I’ll be posting more at a later date when the project is complete.

Waiting in the Wings

ChronicleHE, Highlights, self portrait

A couple of quick projects early this week, while the main bulk of my work this month gets under way. I’ve started on another ‘game board’ project for a client in Helsinki which should keep me fairly busy in February (I’ll have some samples from this project to post sometime later in the month). Meanwhile, other work continues to trickle in. The project above was for the Chronicle of Higher Education about the current atmosphere of ‘timidity’ in the halls of learning. I actually preferred my other rough concept (left, click to see a larger version), but this one was a nice simple solution. Used myself as a model on this one.

Below was a small spot for Highlights that I had a rather long lead time on, but which came due early this week. This was for a ‘science page’ explaining about how the moon seems to follow you around when you move about (information I’m sure my dog would find illuminating, if she had the mental capacity).