Saturday, June 18, 2011

The King's Speech

Ever since President Obama entered office, much has been said about his reliance on teleprompters. So I was thrilled when John Van Cleaf at Rutgers Magazine asked me to create a drawing relating to this timely topic. The article was about  teleprompter technician, Jeff Sult,  and his experiences in this unique line of work. I was asked to come up with a witty representation of his job. It was a fun challenge to visualize a concept that's more about words than images. Of the six ideas submitted, the winning sketch set the stage (both figuratively and literally) for a drawing which gives the teleprompter an opportunity to shine.  This technician deserves an Oscar for best supporting role!

For illustrators, the idea process can be just as interesting as creating the final art. I like looking back at submitted sketches to see what worked, and what didn't. Here are a few examples:

I still get a thrill out of seeing my work on the printed page. Thanks to John for creating such a nice layout for my drawing! You can view my new illustration website here!