Michael Sloan
June 2007
Homage to a Doorway
I'd like to pay my respects to this doorway which I first walked through in 1989. If I hadn't  walked through this door, I doubt I'd be working as an illustrator today.

What does this photo make me think of? Mostly anxiety! I remember who I was eighteen years ago, having just moved to NYC, trying to figure out my new home, the crazy subway system, and what I wanted to do with my life. More than anything, I think of the opportunity that presented itself, and the good luck that I had in taking advantage of it.

Now, eighteen years later, I think of the work I've done over the years and how it has led somehow to a life several years removed from NYC, a life with a home, my wife and our three children. I feel proud of the path I chose which began on the other side of this door, and I feel grateful.

Do you recognize this place? As of this past week I don't think it's there anymore (the company has moved to new headquarters a few blocks away). How many of you have walked through this door? What were your experiences like? What does it mean to you?
Clue: Here's where you waited around the corner.
The Zen of Nimbus #9
Tea-Soaked Illustration
At the beginning of this assignment for Plansponsor magazine, the art director SooJin Buzelli sent me an e-mail with several samples of my work which appealed to her. One of these images was created in a style that I developed a few years ago. The art looks like an historical document from an old archive (I stain the paper with Darjeeling tea to give it an antique look). I love to work in this style, though I don't get many opportunities to do so. I'm glad that SooJin encouraged me to use this tea-soaked style for this assignment.

This illustration accompanied an article about army personnel negotiating leave time for the holidays. You can see more samples of this tea-soaked style here.
The Zen of Nimbus #8
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