Illustration

My drawings served as sketches for larger paintings until I realized that I enjoyed making the drawings more. There is an immediacy to drawing by hand that makes the end product feel more “alive.” I use pencil, ink, oil pastel and water color, and draw from life, photographs, and memory. In recent years, my illustrations have incorporated photography, allowing me to merge the real and surreal in an authentic way.

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Kiplinger’s November issue is now on newsstands (and atop our dining room table, too). The magazine includes new photo-illustrations I created for the story Six Home Projects That Save Energy (and Money).

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine was founded in 1947 and has a paid monthly circulation of 800,000. The monthly advises its readers on managing their money—covering investing, retirement planning, taxes, insurance, real estate, buying and leasing a car, health care, travel and financing college.

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Last week’s experiment with hair clippers, Sumi ink, and 120mm film.

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SFMOMA-Panel

Each issue of SFMOMA’s quarterly Member Magazine includes an original work by a local artist featured on the mailing panel. The work is meant to explore the expressive capabilities of typography while underscoring the Museum’s commitment to creative exploration and its support for alternate ways of thinking and making.

For the Fall 2015 magazine, I created type for SFMOMA that serves as a means to see into the Museum’s current expansion efforts (photograph, including the front cover below, by Henrik Kam. More lettering—coming into and out of focus— includes the words “Sculpture”, “Painting”, “Media Arts”, “Education”, “Design”, and “Architecture”, conveying movement in alignment with the Museum’s “on the go” programming that persists through the period of construction.

Design and Production of the magazine was provided by MacFadden & Thorpe with Design Direction from Jennifer Sonderby.

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The 235,000 square foot expansion (designed by architecture firm Snøhetta) doubles the Museum’s gallery space, allowing SFMOMA to showcase an expanded collection along with the Doris and Donald Fisher Collection of contemporary art. While the museum building is closed, SFMOMA is presenting exhibitions and public programs at partner museums and other venues throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more about the Museum’s future here.

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Gap’s Remix Project collection launches Friday, 5/29 online and in select stores. I’m thrilled to be included with such a talented group of artists. From Vogue Magazine:

EVERYONE loves a classic Gap T-shirt, and now there are more reasons to covet one. For its latest collaboration, the American retailer has created The Remix Project that sees it team with a series of emerging artists to create an exclusive collection of limited-edition prints.

They have attracted some of the brightest emerging names on the international art scene, including: Fantasista Utamaro and Yuka Choco Moo from Tokyo; Lin Zhipeng from Beijing; Candy Bird from Taipei; Loïc Lavenu and Maud Vantours from Paris; Kyle Pierce and Jessica Hische from San Francisco; POSE from Chicago; and Neville Brody and Quentin Jones from London.

 

My design for the REMIX project was inspired by San Francisco, the city I’ve called home for the past 18 years—and where Gap was founded in 1969. It presents the Golden Gate Bridge within a contour of the city; letterforms recreate the fog that so frequently graces the Gate.

 

Get to know a little more about me and my process in the video above. The video below includes all eleven artists and serves to introduce the project.

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The Winter 2014 issue of Buddhadharma: The Practitioner’s Quarterly was released last week and includes the artwork above running across a full-spread. The feature provides readers with information on the Alexander technique—a mindful, movement-oriented method that supports the human body’s design, improving balance and coordination while releasing unnecessary tension. The photograph was provided by Buddhadharma.

Buddhadharma is a magazine serving Buddhist practitioners and communities of all traditions. It is published four times a year by the Shambhala Sun Foundation.

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The December 2014 issue of Kiplinger’s Magazine features my full-spread photo illustration for the article “Best of the Online Brokers”. The survey of ten leading online brokerages included ETrade, Firstrade, Merrill Edge, Schwab, Scottrade, TD America, TradeKing, tradeMONSTER, TradeStation, and Fidelity—who has since opted to reprint and distribute the article at its branch locations nationwide.

The illustration served as a section opener for “Investing” in the monthly magazine’s issue dedicated to “The Best List” (Kiplinger’s picks for everything from phone plan and ride-sharing service to wireless audio and place to retire). The collage of hand drawn elements include a charting of the S&P 500 and ink and watercolor renditions of app icons.

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NewSlowCity-cover

Advance copies of William Power’s book New Slow City arrived last week ahead of today’s official release. I designed the cover of Power’s memoir, including the photo-illustration and hand lettering, and created 11 illustrations for interior pages. New Slow City was published by New World Library in November, 2014.

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About the Book
Burned-out after years of doing development work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina, as recounted in his award-winning memoir Twelve by Twelve. Could he live a similarly minimalist life in the heart of New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot “micro-apartment” in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a two-day workweek, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life more people—and planet—friendly.

About the Author
William Powers has worked for two decades in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, and North America. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the community components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won a 2003 prize for environmental innovation from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His essays and commentaries on global issues have appeared in the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune and on National Public Radio’s Fresh Air. Powers has worked at the World Bank and holds international relations degrees from Brown and Georgetown. A third-generation New Yorker, Powers has also spent two decades exploring the American culture of speed and its alternatives in some fifty countries around the world. He has covered the subject in his four books and written about it in the Washington Post and the Atlantic. Powers is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and an adjunct faculty member at New York University.

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TAM-animated

Middlebury Magazine’s Summer ’14 issue includes my illustration of the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) on a two-page spread.

Developed with Design Director Pam Fogg, the map highlights many of the features you might see while wending along the 16-mile loop: Midd’s golf course, baseball diamond, organic farm, and Old Stone Row; Chipman Hill (the college’s former downhill ski area); and cross country runners, wooden teepees, discarded Christmas trees, and croaking frogs. Get on it—the 25th anniversary of the TAM is this year.

The map has been a recurring feature since the magazine’s 2012 redesign—a collaboration between the magazine’s staff and Pentagram.

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Middlebury College is a private liberal arts college located in Middlebury, Vermont. Founded in 1800, it is one of the oldest and consistently best-ranked liberal arts colleges in the United States.

Photograph by Paul Dahm.

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Birth-Stripes

An illustrated birth announcement upon the arrival of our friends’ new baby boy. Congratulations Ashley and Aaron!

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I was excited to find New Slow City available for pre-order on Amazon yesterday. Authored by William Powers, the 288-page book will be published by New World Library in November. In the meantime, you’ll find me working on the interior illustrations beginning next week. Take a look at the book’s summary and Powers’ bio below—this promises to be good.

Summary of New Slow City:
Burnt out after years of doing development and conservation work around the world, William Powers spent a season in a 12-foot by 12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina. Could he live a similarly minimalist way in the belly of the go-go beast — New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot micro apartment in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a 20-hour work week, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries, rooftop gardening and beekeeping, and Glassphemy! recycling. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers practical inspiration to anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly.

About the Author:
Born and raised on Long Island, William Powers has worked for over a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, Washington, D.C., and Native North America. From 2002 to 2004 he managed the community components of a project in the Bolivian Amazon that won a 2003 prize for environmental innovation from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. His writings on global issues have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, Slate, and the Sun. Mr. Powers has worked at the World Bank, and holds international relations degrees from Brown University and Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. He is the author of the Liberia memoir Blue Clay People, the Bolivian memoir Whispering in the Giant’s Ear and the memoir of living “off-the-grid” in a twelve-foot-square cabin Twelve by Twelve: A One-Room Cabin Off the Grid & Beyond the American Dream. He is currently based part-time in New York City, and is freelance writer, speaker, and senior fellow at the World Policy Institute.

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