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
Who knew you could farm Abalone? Infographic explains sustainable farming of red abalone in Monterey Bay
Here is a graphic I created for Bay Area News Group that ran in print and online last week in the San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times. Hidden from the view of tourists the Monterey Abalone Company is busy farming abalone under a municipal pier in Monterey. The natural and sustainable way of farming foodie favorite red abalone utilizes the seawater habitat of Monterey Bay. The graphic went with a story by Nicholas St. Fleur. I enjoyed rolling up my sleeves and doing the graphics research, reporting, writing and Adobe Illustrator rendering for this one. It ran online as shown here. In print the top portion showing the growth of the abalone ran on the front page and the rest of the graphic ran on the jump. Here is the link to Nick’s story: http://goo.gl/10Jju8
March 31, 2014 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: abalone, adobe illustrator, aquaculture, cage, Chuck Todd, chuck Todd illustration, chuck todd infographics, Contra Costa Times, data visualization, dining, farm, farming, food, giant kelp, graphic, graphics, infographics, marine, marine biology, Monterey Abalone Company, Monterey Bay, news, ocean, red abalone, San Jose Mercury News, sea, sea life, seawater, seed abalone, sustainable, www.chucktodd.net | Leave a comment
Street Smarts graphic and illustration by Chuck Todd created for the Monday, Dec. 2 TECHNOLOGY section in Bay Area News Group papers. Centerpiece design by Daymond Gascon (and the Street Smarts headline). Story by San Jose Mercury News writer Dan Nakaso.
Cars are getting smarter and safer: From Toyota’s fuel cell concept car expected to go 310 miles between fill ups to sensors that detect and warn of cars in a drivers blind spot to systems that maintain safe distances from cars in traffic, new car technology is changing how drivers interact with their vehicles.
For this illustration I played on the idea of cars making drivers smarter. I had fun using the car as the brains of a driver and used the vector car art to highlight new car model technology. The driver’s profile was drawn in pencil, xeroxed and drawn back into to increase contrast and then taken into photoshop. I decided to keep the driver drawing in light blue tones and pop the car out for emphasis by using oranges and black lines. The car and graphic elements were created in illustrator.
Here is a link to the story: http://goo.gl/6FoziB
December 2, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: Bay Area News Group, car, car technology, cars, Chuck Todd, design, drawing, driver, drivers, fuel cell, hydrogen, illsutrator, illustration, infographics, photoshop, portrait, profile, safety, San Jose Mercury News, technology, toyota | Leave a comment
A man tries to go cold turkey from Facebook for thirty days and and writes of his experience. Illustration by Chuck Todd for Bay Area News Group. For story by Sherman Turntine on his experience of trying to go 30 days without Facebook. I created this illustration using pencil, illustrator, and photoshop. The writer of the article was also the model for the illustration. The story and illustration will be in Monday, Nov. 18 print editions (with design by Daymond Gascon) and is online at mercurynews.com. http://bit.ly/17yL0us
November 17, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized | Tags: Bay Area News Group, Chuck Todd, computers, connection, Contra Costa Times, facebook, family, friends, illustration, photoshop, San Jose Mercury News, Sherman Turntine, social media, technology | 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
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
Here is my latest illustration for today’s (June 8) editions of the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group papers for a column by Mike Cassidy. With all of the “cloud” storage out there for apps, photos, documents, videos and such it makes it virtually impossible to keep track of the virtual clutter. Cassidy says that the “beauty of the cloud” doesn’t help when ” I don’t even know what cloud I’ve seeded with what document.” Here is a link to Cassidy’s column on http://www.mercurynews.com:
I explored the motif of having someone’s head in a cloud. Rather than it being a positive…the clutter of files swirl about…the cloud, like fog, makes it hard to see…or remember where things are. The cloud hides, twists and confuses around the head. I like the fog-like fingers of the cloud that start to wrap around the man’s head and in front of his vision. The final is painted in Photoshop on top of rough sketch. For speed, I sketched out the line art clutter in pencil on paper, scanned it in and layered it into the photoshop file.
June 8, 2012 | Categories: Chuck's illustrations, Comic Art, Politics, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Silicon Valley, Social Media, Technology | Tags: art, artwork, Bay Area, Bay Area News Group, Chuck Todd, Contra Costa Times, drawing, facebook, fantasy, illustration, newspapers, Oakland Tribune, painting, pencil, photoshop, San Jose Mercury News, Sci Fi, sequential art, storytelling, visual journalism, www.chucktodd.net | Leave a comment
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
A quick post with two housing themed illustrations for Bay Area News Group. The Bidding Wars illustration went with an A1 story on the San Jose Mercury News and other front pages on housing markets in parts of the Bay Area that are red hot. In some South Bay areas, the demand is sparking multiple bids and bidding wars on high-priced homes. Hey those newly rich Facebook folks have to find a place to live.
The second illustration below went with a business and technology story in Bay Area News Group. This story dealt with apps and websites that allow users to get up to the minute updates on Rental properties in the Bay Area.
June 3, 2012 | Categories: Chuck's illustrations, Comic Art, Political Art, Politics, Science Fiction / Fantasy, Social Media, Technology, Uncategorized | Tags: art, artwork, Bay Area, Bay Area News Group, birds, book, Chuck Todd, clarity, comics, connecting, Contra Costa Times, design, drawing, facebook, family, fantasy, Gary Bogue, graphics, illustration, illustrator, infographics, Oakland Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, visual journalism, woman, www.chucktodd.net | Leave a comment