Edel Rodriguez
January 2011
Egypt, for The New York Times

While the protests were happening in Egypt yesterday I sent this idea over to The New York Times, they ran it in the paper with today's letters about the events.   Articles online here
EGYPT sketchbook

About 11 years ago I went on a trip throughout Egypt, I was 28 at the time.  I started off in Cairo, then took a plane down to Luxor and a boat down the Nile to Aswan.   From Aswan I took a smaller plane to Abu Simbel, an ancient Temple that was raised to avoid the flooding caused by the construction of the Aswan Dam.   The views of an expansive flooded desert, with dunes popping out of the water, are one of the most memorable sights I've ever seen.  This was before 9/11, but there was a lot of tension in the air, and the first time I had seen so much security on my travels.   Security men with machine guns and uzis were everywhere.   Large metal plates, about 10 feet wide, dotted the desert around the pyramids at Giza.  When I asked what they were for, I was told they offered protection for soldiers when terrorists attacked.  A year earlier, terrorists had killed about 100 travelers at one of the temples in Luxor and a bus at the Cairo museum had been bombed with tourists on board.  Egypt is quite a beautiful country, but very poor and a bit intense at times. Here are pages from the sketchbook I brought with me at the time.  I thought I'd show it considering all the news coming out of the country today.

China Reform Covers

This is a new set of covers for China Reform magazine, published in Beijing.   I've been doing a monthly cover for them, working with Nai Lee Lum and Paul Mumby in China.  The subject of the first cover here is on the government's monopoly over business.   How the Chinese government needs to cut some of the ties so that the economy can take off.  Sketches below:

The second cover is about cooperation between the different provinces throughout the country, sketches below:

The third cover was for the issue welcoming in the new year.   They were looking for something different, something that would set it apart from the regular magazine and make it the "Annual" issue.   I was also asked to try some ideas with the numbers 2011.   It's nice to have a place to stretch out and try different things on a monthly basis.
Sketches for Annual Issue

The six covers I've worked on so far

Op-Ed on Arizona shootings
Op-Ed, "Sweet Home Arizona"

Like many of you I spent much of the weekend following the news regarding the shootings in Arizona.   Monday morning I got a call from the New York Times Op-Ed page.   Aviva Michaelov, the Op-Ed art director, wanted me to do an Op-Ed and an accompanying image for the letters section, both to be published in Tuesday's paper.  Because of the breaking news nature of the story, the articles were still to be written.  For the letters image, I started working on sketches about my reaction to the event, along with what we thought would be an Op-Ed on toxic speech.   By the end of the day the Op-Ed changed completely to a writer's impression of her hometown of Tucson, so I had to create new sketches and final turnaround in a couple of hours.   Here is the final art along with some of the process of working on it all.   Op Ed article is online here.   Letters article is online here.
Letters illustration

sheets of brainstorming
Lecture at SI on 1/19

I've been invited to give a lecture at the Society of Illustrators in NYC, the details are below.  The lecture will be followed by signing of some of my books and theatre posters.  Hope to see you there on the 19th:
Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
Wednesday, January 19 · 6:30pm - 8:30pm
128 East 63 Street, NYC

Edel Rodriguez will discuss his career as both a freelance illustrator and art director at TIME. He will delve into his working process and share some of the knowledge he has acquired while working for some of the top editorial, book and advertising clients in the field.

This is a rare opportunity to gain unique insights from an artist that understands the business of illustration from a variety of perspectives.

Produced by Fernanda Cohen.

$15 non-members, $10 members, $7 students or call Katie Blocher 212.828.2560

Work selected for SI 53 Sequential and Uncommissioned Exhibit
"Luz", 24" x 30", acrylic on canvas

This is my work that was selected for the Society of Illustrators Sequential and Uncommissioned exhibition.   The opening is this Friday night in NYC, hope to see you there:
Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators
128 East 63 Street, New York, NY
Friday, January 7th, 2011
Refreshments 6:00pm
Awards Presentation 7:00pm
Cash Bar will be open until midnight

$30 Members $35 Non-Members $20 Students
exhibition dates: January 5th through January 22rd
Tues 10 - 8 Wed - Fri 10 - 5 Sat 12 - 4
"Guardian", coffee on paper, 7" x 10"

"Chike and The River", series for a book by Chinua Achebe, Random House Publishers, John Gall - art director
"China Takes Over", series for Newsweek magazine, Leah Purcell - art director

Der Spiegel cover

I was commissioned be Stefan Kiefer at Der Spiegel to create a cover for this week's issue.   They had seen some of the work I've been doing on China taking over the world and wanted something for the topic of this week's issue "China's World, What Does the New Superpower Want?".  There's an image I did earlier this year of a Chinese globe, which they liked, but it didn't seem strong enough for a cover.   So I worked up some more sketches and ended up doing a more graphic, colorful, and tighter version of that idea.  Great working with Stefan and very happy to have done my first Der Spiegel cover.  Some of the other sketches are below:

Final art

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