Last week Nicholas Blechman called requesting an illustration for an article about squash, the sport, not the vegtable, written by Tad Friend in The New Yorker.
The article is about Mr. Friend's relationship to the sport and also the mental side of the game as an antidote to midlife malaise. The editor sent along a note about the Hourglass Analogy, an idea that in middle-age a weaker player may occasionally beat a much better player. Sketch 1 is in color, because I wasn't sure the pencil sketch would communicate my thinking clearly.
Sketch 2 was chosen and I sent over two color options. In re-reading the article I also realized that Mr. Friend is left-handed.
They went with the red one. It's always great to see a piece printed, surrounded by that distinctive New Yorker typography.
Cover for Stanford Social Innovation Review, AD David Herbick
Cover concepts for MIT Technology Review, 35 Innovators Under 35. Creative Director Nick Vokey called for an optimistic cover that referenced the magazine’s 1960s/70s aesthetic. In the end, the editor decided to go with a more “fun” approach.
Logo concepts for LA’s Architecture+Design Museum fundraiser in their new building downtown. They went with the one on the top right.
Cover for SPY Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album, Director Paul Feigs wanted a “cool 60’s graphic, old James Bond style artwork.” He went with the one on the bottom left.
Illustration for The New Yorker to accompany an article about Mexico’s drug tunnels, (with apologies to Diego Rivera.) AD: Chris Curry
Vintage playbill style poster for Kemistry Gallery's 10th Anniversary Show in London.
Drawings of famous movie lawyers for a calendar.
Portraits for Mockingbird Magazine issue on forgiveness, Editor, Ethan Richardson
A map I designed for Herb Lester Associates has just been printed, Writing London is a guide to “a city full of stories and the people who make them.” You’re always in good hands with the guides from Herb Lester, the locations are described with wit and style (here by Sam West) and the maps are always beautifully designed. To try and keep up my end of the deal, I used the work of one of my favorites, E. McKnight Kauffer as inspiration.
Seventy locations – from Hampstead Heath to Dulwich, from Martin Amis to W.B. Yeats.