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.
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 !