Finished spread illustration.
I just finished a series of illustrations for Teaching Tolerance magazine last night. I was given a generous deadline, the pay was good, and the art director was a pleasure to work with. Sometimes the most difficult part of illustrating for me is the night before everything is due. I go through the routine of liking it, picking it apart, then panic sets in and I feel like the art director is going to burn my art and me at the stake. This can be good and bad. I usually get crazy around one a.m. when I start to hallucinate.
The article is about a group of “at risk” students and their activism in their community. They surprised their teacher by cleaning up a run down cemetery where poor migrant workers are buried. The students had to go through a lot of red tape to get this place cleaned up. The spot illustration was done for an adjoining article titled “Homeless not Hopeless”.
I wanted to show my process on this job from start to finish.