No body talk illustration

I created this illustration for The New York Times for a story about a summer camp that did not allow any body talk. I used the smiley faces to represent the positive conversation as well as cover the bodies. Below are sketches showing options for the smiley face balloons. For the print version, I sent in two options, one with texture and one without. The art director preferred the texture version but I think I like this texture-free version better.