New York Times

A piece out today online and in Tuesday's paper for Peter Morance at the New York Times Science section.

It was for a story about the issues and causes surrounding the lack of oxygen to infants brains when they are born causing brain damage. You can view the story here.

Communication Arts 55

Thank you to the judges and Communication Arts for selecting this piece to be included in the current annual! I always enjoy going through this annual every year and it's an honor to be included in it.

Orange Coast

A piece I thoroughly enjoyed doing for Orange Coast Magazine about the swallows of the Mission San Juan Capistrano and their migratory patterns.

X-Ray Glasses - CreepyPasta

This was a fun side project I was invited to be part of by one of my good friends and coincidentally, one of my favorite artists, Jensine Eckwall. Besides having a cool name, her work is fantastic and I jumped at the chance to be part of this zine project. Jensine and her partner in all of this Peter Schmidt plan on creating a zine to be sold at MoCCA and Toronto Comic Arts Festival and at Brooklyn Zine Fest! More venues to buy the book soon to be announced.

You can check out some of the amazing work going into the zine by some pretty fabulous artists by clicking here.

I had a blast reading these pretty bad stories. There was a couple on the top of my list but one of them screamed making a film which seemed off the plate because of the format of what we were doing but the other, X-Ray Glasses gave me enough cool imagery that I was hooked on doing it. It's a short story:

"For a brief period in 1971, a New Jersey based company sold novelty “X-ray” glasses through the mail via advertisements in the Marvel line of comic books. People who viewed their televisions while wearing these glasses reported seeing images that were “hellish” or “like hell”. It should be noted that this phenomena occurred whether the televisions in question were turned on or not. The company quickly went out of business and investigations reveal that the company’s address leads to a graveyard founded over 150 years earlier."

If you want to know a little bit more about what CreepyPasta is, here is a general definition and history about it as well and a link for you to explore more.

“The word ‘creepypasta’ derives from ‘copypasta’, a generic term for any short piece of writing, image or video clip that is widely copy-and-pasted across forums and message boards. In its sinister variant, [creepypasta] flourishes on sites such as 4chan.org and Reddit... and the Creepypasta Wiki, which at the time of writing has nearly 15,000 entries… Creepypasta resembles rumour: generally it is repeated without acknowledgement of the original creator, and is cumulatively modified by many hands, existing in many versions. Even its creators might claim they heard it from someone else or found it on another site, obscuring their authorship to aid the suspension of disbelief. In the internet’s labyrinth of dead links, unattributed reproduction and misattribution lends itself well to horror: creepypasta has an eerie air of having arisen from nowhere.”

Thank you Jensine and Peter!

New York Times - Facial Recognition

It's been a busy week. I've been fortunate enough to have work come in that has been keeping me busy for weeks. Lately, things have been a bit more robust in that the regular work I've been doing has had deadlines over a period of a week or two but in between, I've been getting some work from daily papers which fill those evening moments when I should be sleeping.

This job was one of the assignments I received on a Wednesday which was needed by Thursday. It's a lot of last minute schedule manipulation but it is hard to turn down juicy jobs like this. I am lucky that various art directors at the New York Times call because of the amount of times I've had to decline jobs because of crazy schedules or I am simply not in the studio at the time they need me. I am sure they are used to it. It really is a scramble when the news has to be current and timely.

I really enjoyed the subject matter for this job and big thank you's to Minh Uong for giving me the call. Here is the story.

On a personal note - it is really an honor to work with Minh. He was the art director for the Village Voice for many years when I was coming up as an illustrator and I always wanted to work with him. While I never got the chance to work with him at the Voice, it is just as exciting and humbling to work with him at the Times.

Above is the sketch that was approved for the job. I was excited about it right off the bat so I am grateful that it was selected.