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Harry Campbell
New Yorker
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This piece recently ran in the New Yorker, a full page illustration to accompany an article by Atul Gawande. I tend to have a hard time illustrating these new Yorker articles, solutions can be ellusive, the pieces are often long and touch on many ideas. this piece was on how some ideas are slow to catch on, but when they catch they spread quickly, such as the use of anasthesia and antiseptics in medicine. The most recent example has to do with pre natal care in India, women givingbirth in clinics as opposed to at home and how infant mortality drops and the mothers health is spared.
I quickly fixated on the idea of using an infant and some sort of elaborate Indian fabric pattern, possibly a baby wrapped in the fabric, suspended, a very subtle concept of something tenuous.
Working the way I do with vector line I am still discovering how to work with more natural forms, like babies, plants, natural elements as opposed to architectural right angled imagery. I'm still working on it.
So I did several roughs of the baby. I kind of liked the idea of the baby being sort af tattoed, painted.
The first roughs were all rejected and I was asked to explore some new directions. So I kind of went with tried and true, illustrating the ideas of anathesia and antiseptic. These were kind of catch all illustrations but I sort of liked them.
In the end, which happens pretty often, the client came back to the first round of roughs.
These were alternate roughs in the first round. The idea of an Indian woman waiting to be taken to the hospital/clinic.


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