A year's worth of Illustration Spread Out - Part 1

Looks like i've neglected to show the illustrations I do as my living on this here blog for a year or more so here goes in a multi part series spread out so you don't get inundated with illustration.  This one was for the cover of Atlanta magazine's annual college guide

I started playing Pétanque when I lived in Paris and fell in love with it. Big 24x36″ poster size. In a kind of hidden corner in on Ile de la Cité there is Place Dauphine, where the Horse Chestnut trees bloom with pink in the spring and you can find people drinking wine, snacking on glorious French foods, and playing Pétanque. The rules are similar to Bocce but I think it’s more fun because the balls are smaller making it possible to snipe out someone’s ball or other strategic plays. The aim of the game is to throw your metal balls (boules) as close to the smaller wooden cochonnet ball (literally piglet) as you can. As with Bocce it’s traditionally been old guys playing outside but like with all things old the hipsters have taken to it also. Shout out to C. Coles Philips. Happy Pétanque’ing! Prints available here https://society6.com/product/ptanque_print#s6-4514349p4a1v3

I grew up with Newfoundlands amongst the pines of western New York State. I got the coolest pocket square in Japan with a blueberry pattern on it and lost it so this coat pattern is a shout out to that poor pocket square lying in the street somewhere in the world.

Oscars 2016 who should win and who will win annual thing they do in The Hollywood Reporter. This spread like illustration was a lot of work but a lot of fun. Represented here from left to right we have Joy and Fear from Pixar’s Inside Out, the Bear from The Revenant and Mark Ruffalo from Spotlight. Amy Winehouse from Amy and Sylvester Stallone from Creed. Brie Larson from Room and Lady Gaga for best song from The Hunting Ground. Alicia Vikander from The Danish Girl is drawing Leonardo Dicaprio from The Revenant holding the dress that Eddie Redmane’s character holds in the Danish Girl. Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn rounds out the page. Of course there are many more peeps up for oscars and if they featured them all here I would be dead now.

Pick a universe. Any universe? What’s to do when our best theories of reality can’t be tested. Illo for The New Scientist in the UK about theories like string theory that can’t be tested and the controversy of this untested method causing an uproar with the people that like scientific process

China’s richest man, Wang Jianlin buying big Hollywood studio Legendary. China has a foreign film quota of 34 films per year maximum that can be show in the country and they all have to pass the censor board’s approval. With this deal Wanda can make Hollywood films that aren’t foreign made, bypassing the quota (they still have to deal with the censors though).

contemporary writers envision lost and rebooted scenes from Shakespeare’s works for his 400th birthday.  Richard III played by high school nerd up against the quarterback in the school election (ps Richard III had a hunchback).  

half pager for Philadelphia Magazine about Millennials and how molly-coddled and protected and sensitive they are. Biting editorial that I agree with as a millennial myself.

Quick one for the NY Times in today’s paper. This was the brief I got because the story wasn’t in yet: “How New Yorkers are carving out personal space with headphones and nothing playing.”

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan is a must read if you care about your health and the food you eat. His little haiku is: Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants. He actually wants you to eat, but moderately and make sure its food and not food-like substances. You can still eat meat. He outlines a bunch of simple rules backed up with science and the fault in this and this book. I included the ones that seemed most prominent in my illustration. Take your time on your food is the biggest take-away I got, hence the hourglass. Take the time to cook your own meals, take the time to eat your meals at a table and with others, take the time to garden, to shop at farmers markets. On the crest: drink a glass of wine with dinner, eat fungus and bacteria, cook, eat little oily fishes (healthy and well stocked in ocean). Bob’s favorite rule: Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. You’ve seen Pollan on food documentaries like Food Inc. and Fed Up. The PBS documentary came out a few weeks ago, streaming for free http://www.pbs.org/video/2365635287/