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ARE WE THERE YET?
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The New York Times Travel section, art directed by Corinne Myller. Are We There Yet? When Families Fly. 
The first two images deal with the difficulties of traveling with young children on domestic flights. The third is about all the goodies, care and attention those same aged children recieve on international flights.
 I've worked with Corinne several times over the years and I can't say enough what a great pleasure it always is. She's just wonderful both as an art director and as, well, as who she is. We spend as much time talking about family and what's going on in our lives as we do on the project at hand. Which is not to say she isn't focuse on the work. She is. Completely. Did I mention what a great pleasure it is working with her?

 This first sketch was a doodle for my reference. A first thought after reading through the article.
 This second sketch is the one I sent to Corinne. As some of you know, I don't like to nail down every detail of a piece in a sketch. Collage is improvisational. I prefer making up the images and composition as I go along. Here the central characters (Mother and child) as well as the guy reading a book a book with his elbows exending past the armrests are the only three to appear.


For the book I took an iPhone photo of the one I'm currently reading, The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry edited by Rita Dove.

The man with the headphones is based on my friend Tunde. His clothes are the ones he's wearing in the music video below. The tie came from a screen grab as did his glasses. I would have hated to have gotten those things wrong.
As a side note this depiction is also partly based on my own experience. When I fly I generally spend the entire trip listening through my Bose noise reduction headphones to the iPod I loaded up with old radio shows (Jack Benny, Groucho Marx, Mercury Theater, Studio One, Best Plays, CBS Radio Workshop, Bob and Ray, Jean Shepherd etc). For this section of the piece, however, I listened to TV on the Radio's Nine Types of Light several times.




 A few more iPhone photos employed here including my wife's bag for her laptop and her iPhone. I have an older model iPhone. I didn't want the woman to appear out of date.

 The sketch for the image above was merely an indication for my purposes. A note. I sent Corinne updates of the entire process as it went along so a more detailed sketch for this image wasn't needed.




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