I created this illustration for Bay Area News Group to go with a Dana Hull story on lock down technology used by Apple and other smartphone makers to thwart thieves from stealing private information from a cell phone. In print the illustration ran in the San Jose Mercury News and in the Contra Costa Times in the TechMonday business section. I few months later I was delighted to learn that my artwork was also picked up by The Huffington Post and ran with this story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/16/smartphone-kill-switch_n_5158926.html
The illustration was created with pencil, photocopy and Photoshop. I wanted to really push the threatening feeling of the hands trying to snatch the iPhone. I did this as a separate drawing, xeroxed it to push the blacks and texture and then worked back into it some more. On another piece of bristol board I drew the hand and the lock with chains wrapping around the iPhone to keep it locked down. I scanned both in and accented the hand and phone with color in photoshop. Keeping the background black and white was more striking and sinister. This approach harkens back to my love for printmaking and etching.
October 14, 2014 | Categories: Apple, Business, Chuck's illustrations, Comic Art, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Security, Silicon Valley, Smartphones, Social Media, Technology | Tags: Apple, art, artwork, Bay Area News Group, chain, Chuck Todd, Contra Costa Times, directory of illustration, drawing, etching, fantasy, fantasy art, graphics, hand, horror, Huffington Post, illustration, iPhone, kill switch, lock, newspapers, pencil, photocopy, photoshop, printmaking, private information, San Jose Mercury News, Sci Fi, security, smartphone, stealing, storytelling, technology, thief, thieves, visual journalism, www.chucktodd.net | Leave a comment
Recently I got this illustration assignment for a Pat May story published in the San Jose Mercury and Bay Area News Group papers. Pat was interested in finding out what made Apple’s enigmatic, helpful (sometimes) and mysterious female concierge tick. He wanted to get inside SIRI’s head. To do that he enlisted the help of a local psychologist to probe and ask SIRI questions to discover the mind behind the iPhone voice.
Trying to psychoanalyze SIRI was a fun assignment to get. When the story was pitched to me by the Business editors we hit the idea of putting SIRI on the psychiatrist’s couch. I took the idea and ran with it. And what more famous couch…or psychiatrist to dive into the mind of SIRI than Sigmund Freud himself. No kidding on running with this assignment….with other newspaper deadline work I had just a morning and part of the afternoon to go from thumbnail to finish.
You’ll find in the illustration a few apple and female related symbols.
You’ll find Pat May’s story at this link:
September 28, 2013 | Categories: Chuck's illustrations, Comic Art, Freud, psychology, Silicon Valley, Social Media, Technology, Uncategorized, Visual Journalism | Tags: Apple, art, artwork, Bay Area News Group, Chuck Todd, comics, Contra Costa Times, design, drawing, fantasy, freud, graphics, illustration, iOS7, iPhone, mind, newspapers, Oakland Tribune, painting, Pay May, pencil, photoshop, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychology, San Jose Mercury News, sequential art, Sigmund Freud, Siri, storytelling, subconscious, visual journalism, woman, www.chucktodd.net | Leave a comment
Here is an illustration I did of Steve Jobs for the Contra Costa Times a number of years ago. Apple announced today that Jobs is stepping down as CEO. Jobs is a great pitchman, visionary and guru. This illustration was for a story about Apple’s rising success under Jobs’ guidance.
August 25, 2011 | Categories: Chuck's illustrations | Tags: acrylic, Apple, art, artwork, Bay Area, Chuck Todd, clarity, connecting, design, illustration, illustrator, newspapers, painting, Steve Jobs, storytelling, visual journalism, watercolor, www.chucktodd.net | Leave a comment