Art Direction: Chris Curry.
This week, the drawing below accompanied Zadie Smith's new fiction, "Permission to enter" in the New Yorker. As a fan of hers, this was a joy to work on.
The final art as it was printed.
Art Direction: Chris Curry
The editor, Chris Curry, sent me the layout above and suggested a dyptic with two separate scenes.
I typically sketch until I have two or three decent concepts or until the sun is rising and I can't keep my eyes open. The three sketches above begun as very loose pencil sketches which I scanned and further developed in photoshop with a wacom tablet. After submitting these concepts, Chris suggested trying an eight-panel composition...
At this point, I turn the black lines of my color sketch faint yellow and print out the sketch on a tabloid sized piece of bristol board. The yellow ink, barley visible in the photo above, serves as my "pencils." I still use traditional media for inking: real brushes, nibs, and India ink. As you can see above, a fair amount of editing takes place during this stage as well.
Regular readers of the New Yorker will be familiar with the weekly "spots:" a series of small, usually black and white illustrations scattered throughout the text of the entire issue. This has always been one of my favorite features of the magazine, so I was honored to when editor Françoise Mouly asked me to take a stab at it. She suggested the theme of hoodies in memory of Trayvon Martin.