Story of His Life

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T H E    L U C R A T I V E    A D V A N C E

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T H E    N E W    Y O R K    T I M E S’    B O O K    R E V I E W

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When I was handed this assignment, Nicholas Blechman’s brief was explicit in handling this as a portrait illustration which showcased the (justifiably) outrageous tabloid heights that John Edwards’ Olympic-level career suicide had reached in full public view in connection with Andrew Young’s newly published book. In this task, I failed entirely in the first round of sketches, so it’s to Mr. Blechman’s credit that he gave me a second chance and a little extra time to take a second crack at it and give me a moment to arrive at the above piece which ended up running.

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The extremely loose, unfinished, axed comps which didn’t make the cut are below. They all touch upon the mechanics of the scandal, but they don’t possess the tabloidesque exclamation that was needed to help contextualize the article. I will absolutely use one or some of these ideas for something else down the line if a subject more fitting for their tones ever come my way.

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ROUND #2 – REJECTS:

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Comments

  1. February 15th, 2010 | 8:12 pm

    I dig the hair-brained Edwards, but the tabloid headline text tells it like it was.

    Thanks for the peek at the comps and the process!