Yesterday I found out that my NPR caldenar piece won a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators! Huge thanks to everyone who supports my work, I have a few caldenars left and I’ll make a nice big giveaway for them (& other items (and a YZ4 kickstarter!)) very soon, so stay tuned.
Meanwhile, I thought I should show some process bits & dits.
My original ideas revolved around Georges Perec’s Life A User’s Manual, but I’m glad that we didn’t go for an actual building—only last week during the OuLiPo events I learned that Life was in fact inspired by a Saul Steinberg cartoon. I was perilously close to plagiarizing not one, but two of my heroes!
Drawing heavily from Steinberg, I tossed out all background ideas and focused on voices, dividing the broadcasting & listening segments, and constraining myself to a number of mediums & finishes for each one, plus three colors from the NPR logo.
While drawing all these people was borderline fun, the digital part took ages, since I was still putting everything together on a little macbook and in fact never got the chance to see the whole thing fullsize until it was printed.
If anyone is wondering, the post-it man’s leg is taken from the Cyclops chapter of Ulysses, while the score I can’t remember (shame, shame), but it’s probably something great.