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Campus Technology: Digital Dorm Room

Here’s a new full page illustration for Campus Technology Magazine. One of my favorite things to do in a drawing is fill out a space with random clutter. At some point I had to scale back a little to keep the focus on the guy getting sucked into his computer, but I might have to stretch my legs with a couple of %100 bric-à-brac drawings on the side. Also, I think this is the first time I have ever drawn venetian blinds! So now I can check that off the list. Thanks to Scott Rovin for the assignment!

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New York Times: “On The Road” & Letters

Two new peices for Joe Sharkey’s travel column “On The Road,” and a quick one for the Letters section. This week’s “On the Road” deals with fee-based pricing structure that hotels are adopting from the airline industry. The middle illustration was for a story on the practice of allowing passengers to pay a fee to bypass security lines. And finally, the letters peice was based on an editorial arguing that Detroit suburbs could be intrumental in the recovery of the region. A big thanks to ADs Bob Goetz and Alexandra Zsigmond for the assignments!

NY Times: Snow Delays

For this week’s “On The Road” Joe Sharkey writes about this winter’s record number of weather related flight cancelations (it is quickly approaching 100,000, with another week of storms on the horizon,) and weighs benefits of the recently implemented  DOT rule which imposes hefty fines on airlines that keep passengers waiting on the runway for more than two hours, but is also partly to blame for the uptick in cancelations. Thanks to Bob Goetz for the assignment!

NY Times: Death Valley

Here’s the latest for Joe Sharkey’s “On The Road,” a weekly travel column in the NY Times. As simple as they are, I had a hell of a time trying to get those “sun-ripples” to look anywhere near what I had in my head. Sometimes something that is so effortless in the sketch will totally stump me when I go into the computer. I am still experimenting with the sparing use of gradients in these. A little goes a long way! Thanks to Bob Goetz for the assignment! 

NY Times: Egyptian Travel Alert

A new illustration for “On the Road.” The essay this week gives advice to business travelers looking to navigate the current turmoil in Egypt. ( You can read the story here.) I was happy to have the chance to incorporate a some concept-motivated style experimentation. Thanks to Bob Goetz for the assignment!

NY Times - Chi Birmingham

I got the chance to test my GIF chops for this letters piece in today’s NY Times. This is my first animated assignment and I had a lot of fun with it! Simple as it is I ran into a lot of dead-ends along the way, but I’ll have a few new tricks under my sleeve the next time I venture into gif-craft. You can check out the article here. A big thanks to AD Alexandra Zsigmond for the great assigment! 

NY Times - Chi Birmingham

I have been daydreaming about a backpacking trip to the west coast, and I was able to channel some of that into this illustration for the NY TImes last week. This was the section cover for a special on Continuing Education, for a story about the obstacles some students face when trying to pay for non-accredited universities and trade schools. I had a lot of fun thinking about this little environment. I might have to spend some more time there poking around. Thanks to Rodrigo Honeywell for the great assignment!

The Pitch - Chi Birmingham

I got the chance to illustrate the cover of the Kansas City’s alt-weekly “The Pitch.” I grew up pouring over my own town’s alt-weekly (shout out to you Coast Weekly) and it is a special thrill to think that this thing is going to be scattered across cafe tables for the next month or so. A big thanks to Ashford Stamper for the great assignment!