Got an email yesterday from Nathan Huang at the NY Times OP-Ed page for a quick letters illustration. This weekend is memorial day, and the topic of Veteran’s health benefits and access to care is the subject of the illustration.
These are always fun to do, three hours for sketches and then another two hours to do the final. Your brain pushes out solutions and it’s your job to sift through all the noise for something that is achievable and simple.
The Black and White is in the printed paper and color is on line. I love acid green! Final printed size is about 3” so for all you newspaper readers out there keep your eyes peeled in today’s NY Times.
It’s always a pleasure to interpret and visualize medical or scientific articles. I love finding different solutions that both relate to the subject and allow for some experimentation in the creative process.
I don’t claim to be able to accurately represent complicated sciencey stuff but thankfully my clients don’t ask me to be! This is for the Scientist magazine, a full page and four spots dealing with the science of germs.
The first concert I attended on my own volition was on July 13th, 1996, the gig was Pantera/White Zombie/EyeHateGod at Coca Cola Starplex in Dallas, Texas. It was also the first time I took LSD. I was 13 years old. At the time, it was the coolest thing I had ever done. Although I spent most of the gig freaking out in a Port-o-Potty, overall the experience left a big impression with me - whether that’s good or not, I do not know. Pantera meant a lot to Dallas - which I know sounds cheesy - but when you grow up in a shitty place full of shitty people, you gotta hold onto the few things that make you proud to be from where you’re from. Mine was Pantera.
Dimebag was probably a nice guy, or at least that what you hear about him. I’m sure he dropped the occasional “N BOMB” here and there, but what are you gonna do? He’s from McKinney, TX, those people are maniacs. He always reminded me of my awful redneck cousins; sure they used to call me a queer, but they would also give me cigarettes. I had to use a stock photo of his tombstone due to the fact that some jag-off was laying down next to Dimebag’s grave blasting “I’m Broken” on his iPad and wouldn’t get out of my way. He seemed pretty terrible and was very, very, ugly. CFH
Not pictured- Eddie Van Halen’s bumblebee guitar from Van Halen II (cuz Dimebag’s buried with it)