This was a project from earlier in the summer. For the whole month of July all I drew were robots. Child robots. Grown up robots. Robots in parks, in libraries, running around. Who doesn't like drawing robots? Didn't draw any robots riding bikes though.
It was essentially an entire advertorial, cover, inside spread and spots, that arrived with the Sunday LA Times as a separate insert. A resource guide for parents, encouraging children to read.
The idea was to avoid race issues, so robots were the answer. The type on the cover had to be bi-lingual. Janice Gilson, the art director, was great to work with. I snuck in my chicken character from my first kids book on the cover of this book.
Earlier this week, I did this assignment for the NY Times. They needed a letters spot, responding to an onslaught of letters regarding the impending Petraeus testimony. "Spotlight on Iraq" was the theme.
The editor read one of my sketches as a double entendre - a spotlight, at the same time of the General being "down in the trenches". These were the other sketches...
As an aside, I'll hope you'll take the time to listen to this song by Billy Bragg, "The Price of Oil". I have a feeling it may become a theme for our times. I first heard it at the SF Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. Later on, I've heard it on one of my favorite radio stations, Pirate Cat Radio. It's a beautiful and passionate song, and has a spirit that I think resonates with a lot of us here in the States.
This has been stuck on my "to finish" bulletin board for a year. Maybe it was the 9/11 anniversary, I dunno, but I felt an overwhelming urge to put aside my deadlines and book projects to finish it up.