Saturday, October 30, 2010

Op Ed Ill

I'm taking a great class this term with Brian Rea and Paul Rogers. Brian was the art director of the Op Ed page of the New York Times for several years. In this class, we get one-week assignments to illustrate a current Op Ed article.

First assignment finals, "Follow the Dirty Money":

The second assignment final, "Weird Weather in a Warming World":

Final from "How to Spot a Terrorist," an article on homegrown terrorism:

"Growers First" video

I recently had the opportunity to work with a great organization called Growers First. They help third-world coffee growers become self-sufficient, cost-competitive, and eco-friendly, without giving handouts or making them feel beholden.

The hands in the video are mine! I pretty much showed up and drew what I was told. The creative vision belongs to Andrew Davis.

You can view it on YouTube at Growers First ( or below.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Inventive Character finals

For Inventive Character class, we got to choose a story, create a special slant/setting for the story, then design five characters. I chose the story of Matilda, by Roald Dahl.

Matilda is a gifted girl who has horrible parents, and an even more horrible arch-rival, Agatha Trunchbull. Miss Honey is Matilda's only support. I chose to set the story in a traveling circus. By the end, Matilda has used her telepathic powers to become the star.

Miss Honey didn't make it to the portfolio pages. People didn't seem too fond of her "Yah-ta-da-da" pose.