After 42 years Gary Bogue’s final column published in Friday’s Contra Costa Times.
Gary wrote his pets and wildlife column for the Times for 42 years. Amazing. More amazing is his wealth of knowledge, his empathy for wild critters and his connection to his readers. I have had the honor of working with Gary at the paper on graphics, wildlife posters….and on our three books for HeyDay Books. Gary is a great resource, a gracious and incredible collaborator and a dear friend. We have been on many adventures together to the Lindsay Wildlife Museum for research and events…and giving talks to schools and civic groups throughout the Bay Area. Gary is a pure storyteller, in his columns, in his books….and on our roadtrips to various events.
I’ll miss working with Gary at the Times…I don’t think the place will ever be the same. But, I better clear off my schedule. Now that he has more time…he’ll be hitting me up with many more book projects to illustrate. Bring it on Gary, let the adventures continue! And congratulations on 42 wonderful years of columns that connected, enlightened and raised millions in funds to help preserve open space and care for animals in the Bay Area.
Here is a link to a story on his amazing career in today’s CCT Times.
July 27, 2012 | Categories: Book Illustration, Chuck's illustrations, pets, Social Media, Wildlife | Tags: acrylic, adventure, art, artwork, Bay Area News Group, birds, book, Chuck Todd, clarity, connecting, Contra Costa Times, drawing, facebook, family, fantasy, Gary Bogue, graphics, illustration, illustrator, infographics, kids, newspapers, painting, pencil, photoshop, stories, storytelling, visual journalism, wildlife, www.chucktodd.net | 1 Comment
How do you illustrate the concept of Investing in Ideas? One of the two startups highlighted in Peter Delevett’s story called MOTIF aggregates companies into motifs or ideas. Say an investor likes PETS. Yup you can invest in a grouping of PET companies. Or GREEN companies, or FAST FOOD companies or MOBILE TECH companies, etc.
I thought of an idea taking off, earning money. The concept of turning light bulbs into a flock of ideas flying up and away popped into my head. After a couple of thumbnails the idea gelled. I used $100 bills to construct the wings, which created some fun, bird like patterns. I kept this one loose and fun, I painted up one light bulb and incorporated the finished wings all in photoshop. Then I duplicated the ‘light bulb with wings’ image on multiple layers and made the smaller ones more transparent. I used my artistic license to keep an old style of light bulb…allowing me to leave a subtle birdlike beak on the bulb.
This appeared in Monday print editions. To read Peter’s story online go here:
July 23, 2012 | Categories: Business, Chuck's illustrations, Comic Art, Investing, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Silicon Valley, Social Media, Technology, Video Games | Tags: art, artwork, Bay Area, Bay Area News Group, birds, Chuck Todd, clarity, comics, connecting, Contra Costa Times, design, drawing, facebook, fantasy, graphics, illustration, infographics, music, newspapers, San Jose Mercury News, Sci Fi, sequential art, stories, storytelling, visual journalism, wildlife, www.chucktodd.net | Leave a comment
Don’t blame the end of the male species on sex, drugs and rock and roll. A new e-book claims that violent video games and online porn are leading to the “Demise of Guys.”
In today’s online and print editions of San Jose Mercury News, Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune Bruce Newman writes about the new book.
Newman writes: ” Lamentations over the fall of man reached a crescendo recently with the publication of a celebrated Stanford University psychologist’s e-book, which suggests that guys may be doomed by their addiction to Xbox video games and X-rated video dames. Among author Philip Zimbardo’s more startling conclusions in “The Demise of Guys,” co-authored by Nikita Duncan: “Video games and online pornography could kill you.”
To read the whole story click here:
For the illustration I wanted to highlight the violent video games and online porn that the authors claim are isolating and rewiring the brains of men. I contrasted the physical play of a video game with the internal impact and social isolation. I drew the teen head and shoulders in pencil and created a separate drawing of the hands and the controller. Most of the line art to represent video games and porn was done in Photoshop. The zombies I sketched and scanned in. The rest was painted in Photoshop.
July 18, 2012 | Categories: Chuck's illustrations, Comic Art, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Silicon Valley, Social Media, Technology, Video Games | Tags: art, artwork, Bay Area, Bay Area News Group, Chuck Todd, comics, Contra Costa Times, design, drawing, facebook, fantasy, illustration, illustrator, infographics, kids, men, newspapers, Oakland Tribune, painting, pencil, photoshop, porn, San Jose Mercury News, Sci Fi, sequential art, storytelling, teenagers, teens, video games, violence, visual journalism, www.chucktodd.net | 2 Comments