Archive for January, 2011

Business Week: After The Spill (+1)

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Art Direction: Patricia Hwang

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This illustration for Bloomberg Business Week came together quickly after the story that Patricia Hwang and I had been working on prior to this was killed. The large oil drop is attached to a piece reporting how small, independent drilling companies are being bought up by larger oil corporations in the wake of the Gulf oil spill.

The story which we had been working on previously (which, naturally, I’m now keenly interested in reading), examines how the announcement of Goldman Sachs’ new finance reporting guidelines amount to little else than a shuffling of numbers just complex enough to present the impression of work. It’s obviously a weighty accusation, so it’s entirely possible that tabling the story while conducting further extensive reporting might have been why it was pulled. Details of the sketches I submitted are below.

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January Recap – Burying the Lede

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Much to my surprise, January 2011 began with a full-tilt sprint of still-in-the-works work. So, in the wake of what has been a Pamplona styled onslaught of ongoing work and activity, I’m running contrary to the content ravenous, must-post-first 24 hour news cycle by posting my own completed, belated tidbits at the end of the month, rather than the beginning. These are they:

1. SI 53 (above)
The series of illustrations I produced for the Times last January on the psychology of terrorism had the honor of being part of the Society of Illustrators Sequential & Uncommissioned show this January. Chairman Edel Rodriguez, executive director Anelle Miller and the entire crew at the Society hung and presented a beautiful group show which showcases a formidable range of styles and talent and I would encourage any and all who are interested to check it out in the next two (2) remaining days before it comes down in anticipation of what is sure to be their next great show for Book and Editorial pieces.

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2. YESTERDAY’S NEWS (Cont’d)

Art direction by Alexandra Zsigmond.

I (slowly) completed what was perhaps my most challenging assignment for the Times’ Letters section in recent memory. The Letters were in response to a Week In Review piece about Justice Scalia and the particulars of Constitutional originalists. Coming up with a spot-sized image that is devoid of snark which also somehow encapsulates the suggestion of Constitutional originalism is difficult enough on its own merits. Having to follow Paul Sahre, who had already spectacularly tackled the concept not once, but twice in the original article was an altogether separate challenge. This solution, for better or for worse, was not arrived at with ease.

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3. MAH, I MADE IT TAH HAHVAHD!
I’ve recently been working with art director Betsy Robichaud at the Harvard Business Review doing spots for their Interaction section in which their writers respond to their readers’ responses to their original pieces. A sampling of the conversations revolve around what follows:

How emotional reasoning can sometimes trump a high IQ

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On developing ‘disruptive’ work and business skills—skills which don’t come naturally, but substantially support an individual’s innate talents

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How office-sponsored health and fitness programs improve productivity:

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(Approved Final)

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— Forecasting 2011′s developments in social networking

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(killed sketch)

New Year’s Day Reprieve

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Bertrand Russell

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1/1/11 gave me the chance to do two things I had far too few opportunities to take advantage of in 2010.

1. We had company over.

2. I drew for recreational interest only (and without deadline) for the length of the late afternoon and evening. In this instance, an as-yet-finished drawing of a very elderly Bertrand Russell. Hopefully, there will be more opportunities for this kind of thing in the next 363 days.