In Today’s TECHNOLOGY section in the San Jose Mercury News and Contra Costa Times is my illustration for a Peter Delevett story on new startup services that allow users to stay connected to friends from multiple lists and networks from one central location. Many of the services use geo-location features that allows users to track friends, and their locations, in real time. Here is a link to the story:
This was a super quick turnaround. Thursday I had a thumbnail sketch approved, but I wasn’t able to start illustrating on the finished piece until Friday morning. The concept I came up with conveys a connection to many contacts in multiple networks. Of course this meant on Friday morning I cranked out 28 different faces in my sketchbook. ( I felt like I was doing a homework assignment for the late, great Barbara Bradley at the Academy of Art in San Francisco!) About two thirds of the faces are from photo reference, about a third are invented. ( I snuck in a few friends, family and even jazz musician Joshua Redman.) The main figure holds up her cell phone into the singular connection point that all of the other networks of friends are joined to. The circles were created in illustrator, the faces and figure were sketches I scanned in and rest was painted and combined in Photoshop. Starting on the faces at 9 a.m. I turned in the finished illustration to the designer at 5:30 p.m. I can’t think of a better way to spend a day!
Here is how to looked on the page, design by the talented Daymond Gascon:
June 4, 2012 | Categories: Chuck's illustrations, Comic Art, Jazz, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Silicon Valley, Social Media, Technology | Tags: Academy of Art, art, artwork, Barbara Bradley, Bay Area, Bay Area News Group, Chuck Todd, clarity, comics, connect, connecting, Contra Costa Times, design, drawing, facebook, faces, family, fantasy, graphics, illustration, illustrator, infographics, Jazz, Joshua Redman, music, newspapers, Oakland, Oakland Tribune, painting, pencil, photoshop, San Francisco, San Jose Mercury News, Sci Fi, sequential art, storytelling, visual journalism, woman, www.chucktodd.net | Leave a comment