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My 2010 Top 10 Illustrations

JANUARY 2, 2011
Here's a selection of some of my favorite illustrations from the year 2010. Many thanks to all the great art directors, designers and editors who I had the pleasure to work with this past year:
#10 - The middle classes in developing countries are becoming voracious consumers. For Plansponsor magazine, SooJin Buzelli, art director. I appreciate SooJin giving me the freedom to come up with this unusual concept which was inspired by watching a feeding frenzy of hungry carp in a pond in China this past summer:
#10 - Plansponsor magazine.

#9 - Looking beyond the landmarks to find culture in Europe. For The New York Times Sunday Travel section, art direction by Corinne Myller. I'm always looking for reasons to draw anything having to do with Paris or Venice, though this is the first time I've been able to show both cities in the same image:
#9 - The New York Times Travel section.

#8 - Poster art for a lecture by a cognitive neuroscientist. The lecture at Yale University is titled "Probing the Secrets of the Mind". I'm pleased with this "quest" concept, and how the mind is represented as a dense forest through which the rider must travel:
#8 - Poster art for lecture by a neuroscientist.

#7 - My Wyoming sketchbook. Sketches completed at a dude ranch in Wyoming. While we were at the ranch it made me very happy when an accomplished horseback rider looked at my sketches and thought I'd been drawing horses for years. I'd never drawn a horse before in my life!

#7 - My Wyoming sketchbook.

#6 - Weekly assignment for The Washington Post. For The Green Lantern column, Brad Walters, art director. It's always a pleasure to work with Brad on these assignments which deal with environmental issues, a topic that is important to me:
The effects of gold mining on the environment.

#6 - The Washington Post. Left, How green are food carts? Right, China or India: who pollutes the most?

#5 - The Travels of Nimbus. An ongoing series of prints and oil paintings that help to keep the character featured in my graphic novels alive in between lengthy book projects. The large oil painting directly below was inspired by something I saw while standing on a street corner in Hong Kong this past July:
#5 - Travels of Nimbus.
#4 - Cover for The Weekly Standard. Philip Chalk, art director. A terrific assignment on a short deadline. Thanks, Philip!
#4 - The Weekly Standard.

#3 - "Standing Room Only." Published by Yale Alumni magazine, Mark Zurolo is the art director. The Yale men's hockey team is ranked #1 in the country by the NCAA and attracting big crowds to home games. A clever fan made this ingenious device to cope with the slope of the walkway that surrounds the rink:
#3 - Yale Alumni magazine.

#2 - My Hong Kong sketchbook. During a two-week trip to Hong Kong in July I began using a brush marker, a tool that was new to me and very liberating. Suddenly I was able to draw with a brush from different and exciting vantage points (such as standing on a busy street corner) where it would have been difficult to sit for any length of time and paint with my usual watercolors. Now I'm using a brush marker for all my drawings. This entire sketchbook will be exhibited in the Society of Illustrators 53rd Annual sequential show, opening on Friday, January 7th:

#2 - My Hong Kong sketchbook.

#1 - Art for a Tony Judt essay titled "My Endless New York". For The New York Times Op-Ed, Jennifer Daniel, art director. I have strong ties to NYC since it was my home for ten years, so I was very moved by Judt's essay about what NYC meant to him. It brought up feelings of hope and longing for me which I tried to express in my drawing.
"...And while there is no other city where I could imagine living, there are many places that, for different purposes, I would rather be. But this too is a very New York sentiment. Chance made me an American, but I chose to be a New Yorker. I probably always was." - Tony Judt
#1 - The New York Times Op-Ed.

I hope everyone has a healthy and prosperous New Year.