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Leo Espinosa
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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