Nov 19, 2007

Editorial Illustration


'Risk Assessment' for Gas & Oil Investor Magazine (Click for larger view)

In the late 90's and early...uh...0's? (I just realized I have no clue what to reference the first ten years of the twenty first century?) Anyway, I use to do a lot of editorial illustration but over the last six years my niche has changed and most of my illustration is within a design context and frankly I prefer that.

Even though I enjoy doing illustrative design I still do editorial projects when they come my way. I've been doing editorial illustration for one of my clients since 1999 and every few months they send me an article and have me read it then conceptualize an editorial illustration to go along with it. The articles aren't what I'd call page turners since they deal mostly with the minutia of Gas & Oil investing, so trying to pull out a clever concept I can visually capitalize on can be somewhat painful.

This illustration is the end result of my most recent editorial work.

PS: My wife isn't a creative type and I'll admit some of my work just pushes her comfort zone style wise. She likes much of it but would never want it to hang in her living room. I had shown her the above illustration mid-way through and all she said was "His nose is too long. Nobody has a nose that long." I just laughed and my oldest daughter who was in my studio at the time chimed in with "Mom it's not suppose to be real." I seconded my daughters comment with a proud nod of agreement and my wife exited my studio saying "Too big." LOL

3 comments:

garth bruner said...

I am so glad I'm not the only illustrator that goes through this. My wife is the exact same way. She likes my work ok, but not enough to hang it up. And she is terribly critical, although she admits she's not a creative type. I rarely, if ever, hear a compliment from her. That's tough sometimes. Yet my 6 year old daughter is the artist of the bunch and she adores my work!

Great illo btw!

Vonster said...

Sounds like your wife and my wife would get along perfectly. LOL

Robyn Craig said...

I was googling editorial illustration as my daughter is interested...

My husband is an acrylic artist and no matter what he does I show support. Even if I only like a small bit I mention that. My daughter is in fine arts and my son is a budding photographer- my job is cheerleader and I love it and I am so proud of them all. Artists need positive feedback and I'm sad for you that you don't get it as you are obviously very talented! I love your illustration above...

Keep going...you have the gift man...

Robyn