Saturday, September 24, 2016

Two more sketches for the cover of a book of poems.

The author wasn't feeling it with the former two images, wanting instead a more figurative approach, which is aligned with the nature of his work. Since the poems are so much about the human condition, it makes sense to include figures engaged in some conflict in the imagery. I understand.

The poems are about loss, detachment and reconnecting with life through pursuit and observance of beauty. The imagery is derived from some of the more profound sections of the book.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sketches for the cover of a book of poems.

La Divina Commedia: Inferno I - X

The series so far, larger drawings based on earlier sketchbook efforts.

Each spread measures 22.5 x 15." These are horrible reproductions but they're the best I can do right now with my camera and no copy stand, etc.

I'm developing the drawings to correspond with the sequence of the poem, so my own process is somewhat analogous to Dante's journey. They're tedious, meticulous undertakings. 

I'm performing the translations myself (except the first three featured here), and this has proven to be interesting. 

My Italian residency was fantastic—very productive—and now I'm home, trying to keep up with freelance work, the responsibilities of maintaining a house, the dogs, etc. 

Must regain momentum.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Abstraction as illustration.

I was pretty pleased with this. In an unusual and highly appreciated affordance of artistic license, the client allowed me to work with abstraction in the cover image for the magazine. The reason was that the concept was terrifyingly complicated: the theme of the issue of this journal was meeting the challenge of engaging parents/families communities in school leadership, but with an added emphasis on how plans may often come together, only to be collectively reviewed and revised, and ultimately result in a successful outcome—a higher level of community involvement with greater numbers, less distance and unified direction.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Cover Art.

"Bringing Transformative Family Engagement to Scale: Implementation Lessons from Federal i3 Grants"

Monday, November 16, 2015

The Colossus of Rhodes

Not sure why, but I have been thinking about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World a lot lately. 
I decided to make this little picture and poem as an ode to the Colossus of Rhodes.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

La Divina Commedia, A Questo Punto.

I'm including below all of the sketches so far for my Divine Comedy project, simply a way to keep them in one place for a quick review of how it's coming along. It's obvious that in the earlier drawings I had no idea how to handle the text, but I later figured out a way to structure the lettering consistently, and I'm please with the effect. 

Friday, March 13, 2015

Revisions, Revisions, Alas.

The client wanted a less chaotic concoction.

The top poster image is aimed at grad students, the second for undergrads. It's looking a little too tame now when it's supposed to reference the myriad stressors associated with student life at the Institute. The topmost design fiddles with scale and proportion a little.

I incorporated the spiral that will be used in a postcard/placard (bottom), identifying "safe places" to seek help on campus when things go south. In my mind this makes for a more unified campaign so I'm hoping they'll go with it. 

The last design was selected for the postcard, but I think the rejected design (the hand rising from the whirlpool) is stronger.