This is a gallery of illustrations for various journalistic pieces. None of these were commissioned work, they are just exercises that allow me to explore different methods of visual story-telling.
The Bolivarian God that Failed (Quillette)
An article that is a personal account of one leftist’s enthusiasm and then disillusionment with the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela.
The original image is the Venezuelan flag superimposed on a photo of Hugo Chavez. I chose to use a style that recalled Futurism as well as the murals of Diego Rivera—both associated with early 20th Century socialism. I tinted the palette towards the colors of the Venezuelan flag and used the stars to deify Chavez, at once a reference to the article title (“God”) as well as the cult-like effect of Chavismo.
The Break (The California Sunday Magazine)
An article about female big-wave surfers competing for the first time at the surf competition at Maverick's, a 50-foot wave in northern California.
The article is accompanied by a series of beautiful photographs of the women profiled in the piece. Big-wave surfing (and Mavericks in particular) always reminds me of Hokusai’s The Great Wave of Kanagawa, an image that captures both the sublime beauty and inclement violence of the sea. I used an ukiyo-e style to recall that feeling.
Is Wikileaks Russian Front? (The Atlantic)
The original artwork is a photo of Roger Stone. I instead chose to focus on Julian Assange and used transparency to emphasize the theme of a false front.
You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Ocean (The Ringer)
An article on the increase in great white shark spottings along the California coast.
The original artwork is a GIF of an ocean with a shark fin moving about that ultimately—and inexplicably—ends in a smiling shark face mugging for the camera. Anything made more sense than that. I used the juxtaposition of a happy bright beach-goer against that of a dark shark silhouette to contrast the two subjects, both of whom are crowding the same space.
The Unshakeable Bond of the Minnesota Lynx
An article covering the long relationship of four key players on the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.
The original artwork is a drawing of the four players. I felt the emphasis on the bond of the four could be exploited better so I created an image around the idea of a molecule in order to emphasize both concepts of “bond” and “chemistry”.
Facebook Has a Right to Block ‘Hate Speech’—But Here’s Why It Shouldn’t (Quillette)
A former Facebook engineer’s discussion of free speech on the platform.
The original artwork is a silhouette of a person in front of a Facebook sign. I thought something more explicit could work and so used Facebook’s “like” icon to suppress the shouts of angry people.
The Genius of Bill Walsh (The Ringer)
Article on the brilliant football mind of the legendary San Francisco 49ers' coach.
The original artwork is a stock image of Walsh and diagram of a play, which seemed to just say “football coach” but nothing more. I chose to highlight the genius element by representing Walsh’s brain as itself a workshop of playbook activity.
One Is the Loneliest Number: The History of a Western Problem (Aeon)
An article on rise of loneliness and depression in the west.
The original artwork is a photo of a woman sitting alone at a cafe. I chose to emphasis the fact that modern loneliness frequently is found (paradoxically) within dense populations. I used a twist on the concept of a desert island where many desert islands are within close proximity to each other. The image also calls forth Donne’s famous line, “No man is an island,” which is referenced in the article.
Social Media Has Become a Global Battlefield
An article on how states and terrorists use the internet as part of their global offensive.
The original artwork is a photo of a finger clicking a mouse. I made a war map with various social media icons in the role of tanks, aircraft, infantry, etc.