These were recently done for the excellent Matt Petty at the SF Chronicle, as a cover and spots for their Travel section's annual "Geo Quiz".
The cover concept was based on the question: Which country has lions, tigers and bears living in the wild? Hint: it's in Asia, hence the attempt at an Asian feel to these illos.
I was attempting at making images that made the viewer question a bit, so I liked the non-sequiter angle of having these beasts as an image that was talking about travel. I also wanted to avoid the Oz cliche.
With the spots, I wanted to do a similar graphic treatment but refer more to the specifics of a few of the given questions. Any guesses at what they might be about?
I may be an illustrator, but sometimes what I really wish that I was was a mathematician. I wish I could dive into the language of math and understand things like this, the latest sub-realm of string theory, E8.
I don't know how they've done it, but this is apparently the visualization of the mathematical equation of what the 8th dimension looks like. Or something like that. I currently have this as my desktop pattern, because it's so beautiful and I'm hoping that maybe it will make my brain grow by having it around on a daily basis.
This is another diagram of this phenomenon, called a Coxeter plane root system. If you want to try and learn about this stuff, check out this Website.
Otherwise, I hope you can just enjoy how beautiful nature ends up being, even when it's pure math.