Monday, June 25, 2012

Jagged little pill

Remember that album? God, it always reminds me of middle school. Anyway, here's an illustration I did for Nexus, the alumni magazine of the University of Toronto's Law School:

The article mentions a donation Teva Canada, a pharmaceutical company, recently made to the school. The donation is to be used for a new program that focuses on patent law- something a pharma company has a lot of interest in. The editor wanted the illustration to focus on how patent law is universal. The pharmaceutical aspect is only one of the many applications of patent law. So I started thinking about drugs, its primary focus, and came up with a pillbox also holding some of the other areas: chemistry, technology, and genetics. You can download the issue here. Thank you, Lucianna and Levi!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Crossing the line with Village Voice

If you pick up your city's free weekly paper this next week (if it's part of Village Voice Media) you'll see the cover story that's running nationwide. "Crossing the Line" is a series of articles/columns on the state of affairs we find ourselves in nowadays in the good ol' USA. From "papers please" laws, to new laws attempting to keep as many people of color as possible from voting. I was asked to illustrate a few of these essays:

"Welcome Back, Jim Crow." This essay discusses the attempts in states across the U.S. to keep people from voting. From purging voters, to ending Sunday voting, to requiring various forms of identification to vote, politicians nationwide are finding different ways to make voting harder. Completely by coincidence, the people most affected by these laws are minorities.

"Days of Rage." This essay lists the many ways that Mexicans/Chicanos and Latinos have been targeted in the last few years, and the inevitable Civil Rights-like action that's bound to follow. When I was given the assignment, we didn't have the story, and were under the impression that the column would make more of a connection between the Civil Rights Era demonstrations of the past, and the need to do the same today.

"Love the Beans, Hate the Beaner." Gustavo Arellano's hilariously tongue-in-cheek essay on the United States' historic attempts to repress Mexican culture by purging Mexican cuisine. Long story short, the attempts failed. Americans surrendered to Mexicans, according to Gustavo, when they surrendered to their food.

This was an awesome project to work on, and I was honored to contribute. As the son of a once illegal immigrant, these articles are a welcome wake up call- not only to people concerned about their own family members, but also those concerned about basic civil rights for other human beings. Thanks so much, Tom!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Migrate Magazine

I was contacted by CD Roanna Williams a couple months ago, to participate in an issue of Migrate, the official magazine of the Loerie Awards in South Africa. The theme of this issue is "Viva," or "long live" in Spanish- as in "Viva Zapata!" I thought my Loteria series exemplified the idea nicely, as all the pieces were based around environmental themes. I may as well have been saying "Long live Earth" or something with the series, and Roanna loved the project, so it all worked out great.

My copy arrived all the way from Jo'burg yesterday. The magazine is chock-full of work by photographers, writers, illustrators, sculptors and fine artists from around the world, with the art reproduced beautifully. Thank you again for the opportunity, Roanna!