olympic Jews

our dreams are in your hands
several burned screens / extra paint = two versions.


this is the year

detailfor an article about how some of Alberta's fast growing companies plan to take off in 2010. My 5th piece for Alberta Venture, this time for Kim. I always love working with them cause it truly feels like a collaboration. This article is about businesses standing out (outlook, positioning etc)- especially during the recession they're ushering in the recovery. fun project and weird, difficult shape to work with and really hard to paint because everything was so small - i think in real life its about 2.5 inches high and maybe 14.5 wide. final and a rough or two

roughs about "the right tools / workers" and "setting the standard that others will follow"


fresh like damn

this was for an article about the rights of singles vs. the rights gay couples vs. the rights of married couples. It seems that although there are inequalities for gays getting married (and even not having that option is some states) there are even more inequalities for singles. Those choosing not to share their lives with someone generally cannot pass social security on to a person of their choosing + about a million other issues. Really interesting article which boiled down to "the single person, whether gay or straight is being discriminated against". i wanted to play with hierarchies and after some sketching a podium came to mind - and what looks like a podium? you guessed it, a wedding cake. i loved this idea, and thankfully it was chosen. attached are some roughs and the final. Thanks Grant!!
woulda been happy if this idea was chosen too (scale idea)



not my best title, but one that kinda has anything to do with the post for a change. This was for an article about this really crazy psychological syndrome exclusive to hollywood - where up and comers are defining their happiness by their success in the industry - they're obsessed, as their careers wane, they'd rather be DEAD than obsolete. to start, i sent alot of roughs - i liked this article and it seemed full of potential visuals, heres a small selection of favourites:i really liked the idea of being "tripped up by fame" - like not seeing it coming (star is on of those stars on the sidewalks)also really liked the idea of the would be star being pierced through the heart be the attention, because in essence thats what happens
falling into the spot light

taking a shot at fame
and finally a descending staircase in a red carpet. - the final they decided to go with
after some back and forth and a more refined rough it was decided that we'd have the red carpet going over a cliff - a more immediate, easy to read, and understandable solution - im all about understandable. It was fun to work with Paul, hes the type of person that i can tell is a nice guy in real life. anyway, more work soon-ish - everyone thats going to the ai party have an amazing time, i will jealously be looking out the window that night - thinking of you all.
oh, heres the final:


Global Metal

This illo was for a book review of Mary Karr's new memoir "Lit". I've never done a job like this - generally with the stuff i get to do the articles have a set idea or theme and i can kinda just play with that - in this case i felt like i had alot of interpreting to do and it was a real workout. "Lit" essentially has many meanings in the memoir, but I chose to focus on the authors drinking and its destructive coarse throughout her life. The memoir also speaks of fire alot - when i combined the two i thought of a Molotov cocktail - a really good solution because it sort of ties everything together but also comments on the destructive and at times rebellious nature of her life. I was really really happy to be able to work on this and the AD Jane made it really easy and created a nice creative environment for me. Also, fun to push some new work and be paid for it.
Oh, and Jill and I just moved into our new place in Toronto and its really great - stop by wont you?! Thanks for looking and reading - Oh - i attached a rejected rough - really liked this idea too.