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. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Feeling Overwhelmed?

Sketches for a mental health campaign for MIT. 

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Land of Ice.

Video from our short trip to Iceland in early February.

Illustrator as Public Intellectual.

Call for Proposals
Illustrators and all who study their work have long understood the importance of pictures to communicate ideas and shape opinion, and to possibly provoke the viewer in unpredictable ways. What should illustrators say in the public sphere? What forces limit the illustrator’s expression of thought? What are the key issues and debates around the communication of ideas through illustration? 

Organized and hosted by the Illustration Research Network and RISD Illustration, the 6th annual International Illustration Research Symposium invites proposals for papers, panels, round tables, and visual presentations on the theme of the illustrator as not only conveyor of established intellectual thought in the public sphere, but also as a vital, potent voice in public discourse and the author of content through independent provocation, seduction and persuasion. 

The Illustrator as Public Intellectual questions the common misconceptions that the illustrator’s mind and hand are wholly guided by editors, art directors, and clients; and that their work is subordinate to the texts they illustrate. This symposium proposes that illustrators are empowered as originators and purveyors of unique thought. 

The visual languages of the illustrator not only translate content, they transform it, indelibly inscribing ideas with force and conviction at the intersection of visual and verbal thinking. And yet, public exposition is dogged by inevitable challenges, including balancing profundity and accessibility, intention and misinterpretation. Papers may embrace or reject the concept of the public intellectual, while addressing relationships between communicative intention and audience reception.

The definition of illustration is open to wide interpretation by participants, but as a general guideline illustration may be provisionally defined as fabricated images primarily created to elucidate and communicate an idea, narrative, mood, information, and/or opinion through publication. Studies on the illustration of any era or place are welcome. 

300-word proposals for 20-minute academic papers and practice-based presentations are invited, and may address the following questions, or others that the presenter feels are warranted:

Studio Practices
• How do different forms, techniques, and materials affect attitudes, feelings, ideas and the legitimacy of messages?
• How is “thought” manifested in an illustration—how do creative and visual thinking processes comprise unique forms of cognition?
• What is the relationship between the canon of intellectual thought and illustrators’ methodologies?
• In what ways does an image embody a philosophy?
• What emerging technologies might further or hamper the intellectual reach of illustration?

Public Sphere
• How do ethics and social responsibility impinge upon illustrators?
• If an audience misinterprets an illustrator’s intentions, is the audience’s reading valid?
• What happens when the interests of the intended audience are at odds with the interests of a wider audience?
• What is the impact of technologies of dissemination, old and new, on audiences, creators, and messages? 

Creative and Intellectual Communities
• When, where, and how do illustrators participate in important political, social, and intellectual debates? 
• What is the intellectual community of illustrators and what challenges do they face, particularly in educating illustration students?
• Can intellectual partnerships between illustrator, designer, author, and/or publisher exist?
• What is the appropriate balance between an illustrator’s personal satisfaction and the client’s wishes, and what is at stake when a clash occurs?
• What are future directions for the field of practice as a forum for public intellectual discourse?

Email 300-word abstracts to by Monday, 1 June 2015. 
Proposals are blind peer- reviewed. Selected papers and presentations will be considered for publication in forthcoming issues of the peer reviewed Journal of Illustration. More information and submission details:

Keynote Speaker: Rick Poynor
Visiting Professor in Critical Writing in Art & Design at the Royal College of Art London

Recent Poster Designs.

Cartoons by Paul Karasik and Liza Donnelly

Illustration by Jackie Ferrentino 

Illustration by Christine Rujun Liu