Recently I was commissioned to create another editorial illustration for Lisa DiLillo, art director of the Life & Arts section at The Wall Street Journal. (in the past I was a fairly regular contributor to The Wall Street Journal -for a number of years creating many illustrations for art director Dan Smith) So, it’s very nice this year to be back again creating illustrations for the WSJ and getting to work with Lisa DiLillo.
Above is the final completed illustration for The Wall Street Journal assignment, as seen in the printed newspaper on 7/16/19. It accompanies a Life & Arts article about pressures at the workplace that inevitably create a “spillover effect” -causing additional stress and tensions in the home. (name of article: When Stress at Work Creates Drama at Home written by Sue Shellenbarger)
This particular illustration was created digitally in Photoshop, by using various paint brush tools and eraser tools, plus also using some added painted gouache/color pencil textures I created and scanned into Photoshop as well. (I draw on a Wacom Intuos Pro XL digital drawing tablet.)
one of my whimsical illustrations from years ago also for The Wall Street Journal -created for art director, Dan Smith
Daily newspapers are a relentless deadline grind, so it’s totally routine to have only a short time to create the finished illustration -usually just part of a day to resolve and present the sketch, then a day to complete the final illustration.
One of my first clients at the beginning of my illustration career right after graduating from Parsons School of Design (many years ago) was The New York Times. Over a several year period I created many drawings mostly for their Op-Ed Page, and the Letters to the Editor Page. And over the years I have provided many illustrations for other sections of the paper too, but only sporadically. It was for the New York Times where I first learned how to successfully navigate very short daily deadlines, sometimes with the final illustration due the very same day you received the assignment.
THE PRELIMINARY SKETCH STAGE
Below is a description of the various preliminary sketches I developed for this recent Wall Street Journal assignment, which were presented to Lisa DiLillo, art director of the Life & Arts section.
The sketches were created in Photoshop -at the lower resolution of just 150dpi. (NOTE: while working on my preliminary sketches the article my illustration was to accompany was still being written, so my concepts were based on a brief synopsis describing the main points to be addressed in the final article.
THE FINAL ILLUSTRATION
Below is the REVISED FINAL ILLUSTRATION which has the “modern glass & steel office building” inserted into the composition… This is the final version which appeared in the newspaper.
The last aspect of the illustration assignment created for Lisa DiLillo, art director of the Life & Arts section of The Wall Street Journal was to also create an extra alternative format version of the illustration which was used only in their on-line version of the newspaper, WSJ.com. It needed to be horizontal in format, so I had to reconfigure the composition and truncate the height of the building hanging above the couple’s head in order for it to fit within the shallower space. (see below)
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