I created this illustration for Marin Magazine for a story about The Zen of Surfing. My idea was to show a surfer within a wave, as if the wave formed a temple, an arch around the surfer. In the middle of this arch, would be a setting sun, like the eye within a storm. I included some variations on this idea, more active wave lines, closer views of the surfer. The art director chose sketch 3, the temple wave idea with a more active wave pattern.
I made this illustration for Quanta Magazine for a story about anyon particles. I based the design of the anyon on a few diagrams I found in my research and also added 'knot' elements.
In the sketch approved by the art director, I originally placed the anyon in a room, like the apple in Magritte's The Listening Room, and I included figures around it to represent scientists or researchers.
Initially I made vector art, working with gradients and a complimentary color scheme, blue and green for the background and main body of the anyon, orange and yellow for the center detail area of the anyon. Bringing the background colors into the anyon made it appear more ethereal, an object but also a part of its surrounding environment. I decided to convert the original room setting into a long angled wall to create a diagonal across the composition.
I was a little unsure about my initial vector approach and the art director felt the same. She suggested reducing the color in the background and taking out the figures since they weren't really adding anything to the concept other than a sense of scale. She also wanted me to add texture.
For the revision, I first redesigned the background, still in vector form. I placed the anyon on a flat horizontal floor. I limited the complimentary colors to just the anyon shape and made the background a neutral bluish gray with hints of more vibrant color in the floating elements.
As a final step, I brought all of the separate elements into Photoshop to add texture and to make final color adjustments.
I made this illustration for the Village Voice a couple of months ago for a story about Uber and unions. The art was created in Adobe Illustrator as two colors, red and blue. These elements were brought into Photoshop and placed on a red layer and a blue layers. The layers were blended to create a dark purple where they overlapped.
Above are two ideas, both using a hand to represent control.
Above is the printed version, with the Uber logo stretched across the hood of the car.
Played around a bit with some fun flourishes later!
Fifteen portraits and five spot illustrations from Pollen's 50 Over 50 project, plus an animated gif.
This is a drawing inspired by Milton Canniff’s character Copper Calhoon from his Steve Canyon strip, ink with digital color.
This is another version, a color experiment, trying out different Photoshop blending mode combinations.