The Wall Street Journal: Which spouse gets the house?

I did a quick assignment for the Wall Street Journal this week, a piece for their October 1 issue for a story about how the market is affecting divorce arrangements. I really wanted to do the bird cage sketch but the art director wisely chose the house sketch and completely avoided discussing the cat sketch.

Below is my Colorforms version, all the vector paths separated.

Washington Post illustration

The previous dentist chair sketch was ink work for this illustration, an assignment from the Washington Post for an illustration to accompany an editorial about defunding the United States Institute of Peace.

Below are the thumbnails. This was a quick deadline, one day for sketches, two days for art. I started out with a peace symbol but moved to a dove/olive branch. The biting and scissors represent pruning, cutting; the defunding part.

Below is the rough sketch sent to the client, a dove dropping an olive branch that is being cut by a pair of scissors.

Here are a couple of scissors sketches (done in the dentist waiting room).

Here are olive branch sketches (done in the dentist chair, waiting for the novocaine to kick in).

Here is the final ink work (done just before the drill).

Later, I scanned and rearranged the above ink work to create the following composition. Also added a worry brow for the dove.

For the background, I painted an area of gouache using magenta and white. I only have magenta, blue, and white gouache at the moment. I tend to use these gouache elements as value only and either grayscale it or adjust the hue after scanning.

The illustration was grayscale so I converted the goauche into a light gray.

And here again is the final illustration.

Foot in the Door 4

This is my work for the Minneapolis Institute of Art's Foot in the Door exhibit. My daughter and I got in just in time, about a half hour before they closed off the entry point. We stood in line for about two and a half hours, weaving our way through the new Target Wing up to the second floor where they were receiving the work.

The process for this was similar to my Mail Me Art piece. I designed the image in Illustrator, printed it out on plain thin paper, used matte medium to adhere it onto a 12" square canvas, and then painted over the background white areas with acrylic. For the green areas, I "painted" on color tissue paper using wheat starch, same process used by Eric Carle for his children's book illustrations.