This illustration is a spot for Scientific American Mind and is about why people cherish family heirlooms and celebrity memorabilia. Objects which are in some way thought to actually contain a piece of the person they relate to. It is a phenomenon that scientists call magical contagion. New research suggests this effect helps fulfill our need for social connection. In other words, we expect these hand-me-downs to keep us company.
Hopkins Medicine Magazine contacted me to produce a full page illustration to accompany a story about new "stroke goggles" that are being used on patients to help differentiate between dangerous strokes and benign dizziness, based on eye movements.
My initial sketch featured the goggles too heavily so pulled right back to show the whole figure with a bright red highlighting the movements of the eye. The second sketch was approved with the proviso that the figure clearly be an older man.
A series of illustrations done for Experience Life magazine about how much of what we are told about keeping our hearts healthy is is in fact wrong.
Here are two sketches for the initial spread. It was felt that the first drawing had too much emphasis on exercise when really, although exercise was a factor, the copy was also concerned with nutrition, stress management and sleep.
Another illustration for the same article focused on the myth that high cholesterol is the root cause of cardiovascular disease. The image of a heart with roots was an evocative one so I used that in conjunction with anatomical drawings and red pointers to indicate other areas of examination.
Other images for the same piece inculded a number of spots on different aspects of heart health. Running clockwise these illustrate the following points: Eat more whole foods, the myth that eating fat raises cholesterol levels, nurturing positive relationships, going beyond cardio and managing stress.
This illustration was to be the cover for an oncology magazine but alas went used as another story took precedence at the last minute.
Not the easiest format to work with, the right-hand needing to remain clear for the typography. This job was unusual for me because I went straight into working on a colour sketch, something I almost never do. I was also working towards a rougher, more textured feel. Above is the version I sent for client approval.
New spot image and rough sketches for a piece about how exercise enhances genes. The evidence includes a customised bike that exercises one leg at a time - hence the solution for the illustration. Although too abstract for the client's requirements I favour the direction of the top sketch and may work it up into a separate piece.