Posted by Workbook on 07/23/2010 — Filed under: Illustration
Below is a handful of pieces done recently for various sections of the New York TImes. Thanks so much to Nicholas Blechman at the Book Review, Peter Morance on the Science desk, and Corinne Myller at the Sunday Styles section.
The piece above was for a book review of Otto Steinhauer's, "The Nearest Exit", about a covert operator and assassin who wants to leave the shadow world while in the midst of an assignment to kill a teenage girl in a secret forest location. The story involves multiple identities and deception. (article here)
The above image was also for a review in a past edition for the book entitled, "The Untold War", by Nancy Sherman. The book explores the lasting effects of combat on the brains of soldiers and the "inner war" that lasts long after the battles are over. (article here)
There's a handful sketches below to show a bit of the process. I'm not the best a generating a mountain of sketches, so when I do come up with more than just a few I like to share them.
This was my first time working with Corinne Myller at the Styles section but I certainly hope it's not the last. The assignment for the piece below was for an article that questioned whether the coming-out of celebrities still carried an influence or benefit for the gay community.
We tossed around a few ideas of varying complexity but settled on a simple solution of a star peeling it's outer layer to reveal a pink triangle, a long-standing symbol of homosexuality. Thanks, Corinne, for going with an unexpected solution.
Over the past few years Peter Morance at the Health section has been the source of some really challenging topics. The first piece below ran last week, about how the enemies we make at school can actually makes us better at dealing with life later on. The article
, written by Benedict Carey, suggests that in many ways we remain connected to these school yard foes and draw upon them during times of social stress.
The second image, also for Peter, was for a story about cronic overall body pain that is hard to articulate. The writer, Dana Jennings, describes in first person detail, how intense and chronic pain is a direct "path to humility". (article here)