Jody Hewgill
June 2011
Poop, Illustrated !
It's a good day when I get to paint poop. It's an excellent day when you're working with an art director who can persuade the editor and publisher to print it.

 Typically my assignments consist of portraits, theatre posters and editorial topics with a more serious or emotional tone, but every now and then I get to do a humorous piece.
I was thrilled when Tim J Luddy of Mother Jones magazine asked me to illustrate this article and to apply the humorous tone that he had seen in some of my  pieces. I also really appreciate when an art director allows me the freedom to stretch myself artistically.
I think it's is far more difficult to execute humor than anything else. There are several illustrators here on Drawger who have mastered this very well.
" Loaded Gun : Cover your Assets "  is an article about the executive protection business in LA. There isn't a reference to dog doody duties in the article, but it does examine some of the absurdly tedious and mundane circumstances for which ceo's are using bodyguards. I chose to tap into a Charlie's Angels psyche and simplify the details of the bodyguards to contrast against the cherub-faced effete little ceo.

Fat Cat Ceo

Big Baby wants to go shopping.

In my last blog I wrote : draw what you know. Now that we have Betty, the 66 lb golden-doodle, I have probably picked up more than her weight in dog poop, although I prefer to use a bag !

This is my first illustration for Mother Jones.
Thank you Tim for this really fun assignment and thank you MoJo for printing it !
Nothing says Summer like Snowy Peaks
Happy Summer Solstice .

This portrait of Jeff Scott for the cover of CIO magazine was commissioned by SooJin Buzelli for the spring issue, but was postponed for the current summer issue. While I am often commissioned to create portraits of celebrities, I find it a bit more challenging to create a portrait of someone I really don't know much about. Outside of the story itself, often there is very little information about the person available online and few reference photos provided. However when one is commissioned an illustration by the fabulous SooJin, you rise to the challenge. In situations like this I base my general concept on the essence of the story but I'll also pepper it with details from experiences and things that I have a connection to. I tell my students that besides focusing on developing strong drawing, painting and conceptual skills, I think it's important to experience many aspects of life so you can bring a personal voice and point of view to your work.

Full page , part of inside spread (above ).
When I think of Alaska, I envision the splendour and vastness of the outdoors. I've never been to Alaska, but I have been on snowy peaks like this in Colorado and British Columbia. And I have climbed rock.
Some photos of me rock climbing in Milton Ontario 20 years ago. Ascending and then repelling down.
Not very graceful, but this was my first attempt at climbing.

The five birds that fly around Jeff Scott represent the five important and big name external CIO's who fly into Alaska for meetings with him.
I love watching birds of prey soar. This is as close to a Falcon as I've ever been. This photo was taken at a Raptor centre when I was mountain biking through  Vermont.

Another portrait for SooJin , for the May/June2010 issue.
Portrait of Antoine De Salins, CEO of France's Pension Fund.
I know the Fleur de Lis well ( drawn into the seedling in his hand ) as I'm from Montréal.

A  tip of the hat to SooJin for being such a strong supporter of illustration.
Click here to view a video of a behind the scenes look into the magazine.
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