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
A couple of quick, direct black and white images for The Verdict – a quarterly journal published by the Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals (CCLP). I created these a couple of months back, the magazine should be out soon.
The illustration is for an article on the National Defense Authorization Act and its lack of constitutionality and due process that allows for indefinite detention of individuals. Senator Dianne Feinstein has submitted to Congress the Due Process Guarantee Act that would prohibit the indefinite detention of American citizens or permanent residents.
The edgy, gritty images show individuals who have lost their freedom, they are prisoners who have no voice or rights. The illustrations I do for Verdict are always black and white…bring out my printmaking, pen and ink and sequential art skills and influences.
May 26, 2012 | Categories: Chuck's illustrations, Comic Art, Political Art, Politics, Science Fiction / Fantasy | Tags: art, artwork, Bay Area, Chuck Todd, clarity, Coalition of Concerned Legal Professionals, comics, constitution, courts, drawing, Due Process Guarantee Act, fantasy, freedom, human rights, illustration, illustrator, imprisonment, jail, law, National Defense Authorization Act, pen and ink, pencil, photoshop, Political Art, printmaking, prison, Sci Fi, Senator Dianne Feinstein, sequential art, storytelling, terrorism, The Verdict, visual journalism, www.chucktodd.net | Leave a comment
Martin Luther King, Jr., would have been 83 if he were still alive. I had the honor of illustrating the great civil rights leader when I worked at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader. After researching the writings and many images of MLK I decided on this profile to show his intensity and to emphasize the power of his words. Fun technique. I used china marker (wax pencil) on gesso, worked in ink…and scratched back into the surface with drypoint scribe and an exacto blade. I created the illustration in 1993…it is still one of my favorites.
January 15, 2012 | Categories: Chuck's illustrations | Tags: art, artwork, china marker, Chuck Todd, drawing, drypoint, exacto blade, gannett, gesso, illustration, illustrator, ink, Jr., Martin Luther King, MLK, News-Leader, newspapers, printmaking, scratchboard, scribe, storytelling, visual journalism, www.chucktodd.net | Leave a comment