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Art Against Ebola
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Many thanks to fellow illustrator Otto Steininger for putting Art Against Ebola together.

This is a campaign to raise funds for Last Mile Health, a frontline health organization in Liberia that trains local health workers in rural areas where medical coverage is scant.
Liberia is among the countries most gravely affected by the Ebola virus, which is killing thousands of people and devastating fragile health systems and economies in its wake.The UN Security Council declared Ebola a "threat to peace and security". If it isn't contained quickly it will spread exponentially and turn into a global health crisis.

But you can help - by buying a piece of art and by spreading the word, not the virus - for ART AGAINST EBOLA.

HOW IT WORKS:
You can buy the artwork of any of these snake heads, beautifully illustrated by 21 of the top illustrators in the field.
For more details please visit artagainstebola.org
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When you order my print (art on the left) I will include a free mini print (art on the right) as a token of my gratitude. Please donate, folks.
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The Office
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Not much to say about this piece, no sketches, no process. Just the kind of illustration I really enjoy working on and a good excuse to catch up with Drawger.

The one thing I can mention is that, being a believer of mid century design, it was interesting reading how the cubicle shrank though the years. From Robert Propst's wonderful concept to the tiny cells of the 90s. That gigantic beige computer screen/fridge you see on the lower left, was pretty much the actual size of the machine compared to the small cubicle this poor fella had to work in.

You can find the printed version in the current issue of The New Yorker.

Ok, coffee break is over. Back to your desks, or hammocks, or whatever…
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TV Revolution
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I'm not a TV person, but I really enjoyed working on this full page for a story about Netflix and its TV revolution, titled Outside The Box, featured in this week's New Yorker. I worked with a rough manuscript without a title so I'm allowing myself to believe the illustration they chose inspired the name of the article. The subject focuses on the many aspects that have made Netflix more relevant than regular TV. Mainly because viewers are now allowed to watch in multiple devices, whatever they want and whenever they want without interruptions. Other interesting facts are the algorithms the company implements on behavior so they can customize programming for their users.
Below are some of my loose sketches and the (not so full page) iPad version of the opener.
That's it for tonight, thanks for watching! I'll see you next week!
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Nautilus (Updated)
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I'm really happy to start my eight year at Drawger posting about a project I loved working on for Nautilus.
Nautilus is a fantastic science magazine, beautifully designed and full of illustrations. It lives in digital and print form; The last one being a handsome quarterly publication.
Each issue has a theme. For the latest, Secret Codes, I was asked to illustrate a story by B.J. Novak titled Kellogg's -The last Wholesome fantasy of the middle school boy.
I don't want to spoil the story, in case you want to read it, so I won't be able to explain too much about the sketches or the final piece. The only thing I can tell you is that it obviously involved some direct brand references and that was a challenge when creating the art. I needed to represent a famous animated character without coming too close to its real features.
Big thanks to AD, Len Small and his design team. It's a pleasure working with people that understand, respect and use illustration the way they do.
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A few of the sketches.
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Final opener illustration
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Cover of Nautilus Winter 2014 quarterly issue by Victo Ngai / Detail of one of the spots I illustrated for the story.
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UPDATE: I just got an e-mail from Nautilus letting me know that the story has been published online today (HERE), and that B.J. Novak loves the art. Nice way to start the day!

I'm including a portrait of the author that was requested to run along with a short interview. Portraits are not my forte (I'm usually very intimidated by them) but I'm glad I was challenged to try something new. Thanks again to Len Small for trusting me with that!
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