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Bill Mayer
New Technologies. Cover, American Gas Magazine
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Interesting project I recently did for American Gas Magazine. Always starts with some thumbnailing... lots of great ideas. there were a few I thought worked best so I tightened those up and sent them off.  have been playing around with some digital directions. This seemed a perfect fit. The articles were about some interesting technologies in industry and agriculture, They really liked the "giant tomato".and the "tomorrow land" .....We decided to keep the cover more directed at the futiure technologies side, a bit more of a broad direction for the cover.



 I really liked a few of these ideas and I am sure a few of them may show back up down the road. For now the winner is "Tomorrow Land." I loved those old pulps-ish covers from the Thirties and forties...  My initial thought was to have old industry represented by gears with a bridge tied to the new tech of fuel cells. They didn't get this conection and wanted the gears replaced with more of the tanks and cells. Kind of a scifi look to it. I made all the buildings made of fuel cells conected with walkways and piping.... Once i got deep into the finish it seemed just too hard so i pulled some trees and birds into the environment to soften it up a bit....They also help add some wieght to the bottom.


 I wanted to add spires in the back and decided that clock hands worked wellconceptually and visually. There was some thought that they looked a bit to much llike the Islamic towers... But no one mentioned it at the magazine.

 Blue is the color for gas so the obvious choice for a color sceme.... I tride a quick hue slide and saturation to the green side but Tina liked the blue and that's where it stayed.

 Big thanks to art direcrtor Tina Enck at The YGS Group for thinking about me on this project ... great fun....LInk to Magazine
What doesn't kill you... Scientific American
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A new piece for Scietific American... This article is about the health benefits of not only the antioxidants in vegetables but also the toxins produced naturally by them, that stimulate our nerve cells and bolster our immune systems.
A lot of ideas and variations. Love where this one went... Kind of saturated painting with an alien like blood red beet looming above.... Much thanks to Jason Mishka... Great gobs of fun.....Thank you.
 
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More Bugs! Scientific American....
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 Seems like I've been drawing bugs all month. Not really complaining, I loved these projects... This one was for Scientific American. An article about "Scientists dengue-proofing mosquitos with the help of a pervasive, natural bacterium that can be passed on from one generation to the next. ".

I did the normal dozen thumbanils. The concept kind of went back to one someone had mentioned in a meeting before it even came to me. Jason threw it out casually. So I always include those options. The plugged up nozzle of the mosquito seemed to be the fastest way to get the idea across so we stuck with it. At first I had thought about a more graphic simple color palette but when it came down to painting it,  just felt like it needed more detail.
I loved the idea of putting the mosquito in human clothes... Maybe some nod to blood sucking vampires... but ultimately we decided to blow him up huge. The size would hint at the scale of the problem with dengue. Jason picked number 24 or 26 but since the story was light on copy, wanted to push it to be a spread for more impact. So I did a few sketches of the new layout as a spread.


 They picked "b", so one more tighter sketch before painting. I painted the packground and bug separate because I was really not sure where this was going. When I got into painting it just felt like it needed more detail... We liked "b" because he felt like a huge beast.. I loved seeing him hunched over sort of sulking...


  Above a quick color sketch....My original idea was to do something simple color palette flooding the background red but after I finished the painting it seened such a shame to loose all of that great detail so I changed direction.


 Actually liked the tight cropping, seemed like the size of the bug would get even more exaggerated. And not sure at this point where Jason ended up cropping the image. The only change was a comment about the cork not reading quick enough... An easy fix... Can't wait to see this one in the magazine... Going to make such an impact.
Much thanks to Jason Mishka for letting me work on this with him... So much fun.

Simple design but so eligant... Great gobs of fun working on this little blood sucker....
Should One Size Fit all Managers? For CIO Magazine
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 I have been playing around lately with some simple digital illustrations, and where better to try one out than on one of the illustrations for the fabulous SooJin. Always so many directions where these things can go... Thumbnailing ideas always one of my favorite thing to do.
From the dozens of ideas, the one clear concept seem to be the "Ships." It was tricky trying to size them without making one look inferior to the other. Showing that both had attributes that work in different ways... Seems like it always falls back to the very first idea...

I explored the composition, trying to find the one that felt right. When I got into the final, I decided to make the size between them more exaggerated...

The end result turned out simple, but I thought very elegant.
Always a pleasure working with SooJin Buzelli with one of these illustrations for CIO...

Beautiful type and layout from SooJin, Always makes the art look even better.

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