Fresh off the newsstand, I just picked up the March 2009 issue of Popular Science issue that has my most recent favorite illustration series in the marketplace.
The article is about scientific reasons why obesity is a huge problem in our culture and opens on page 46 with a large headline above the writer’s byline which is just above my illustration byline right next to it (yes!). Across from the headline page is the opening full-page illustration that goes with the topic of artificial sweeteners making us fatter (top image).
On page 48 is the next illustration of a large man in quarantine and under scientific observation to go with the topic of viruses adding fat to our waistlines (left).
Third, I did a spot for the section on lack of sleep facilitating fat accumulation (left). We all need angels to do their worst to get us get to sleep at night.
Finally, the last artwork was for the idea of how the environment affects our weight (left). The way the character is literally piped into his environment is slightly disturbing to the same degree as when you see Violet Beauregarde encounter the physical side-effects for disregarding Willy Wonka’s admonishment against trying chewing gum that is still in development.
This is definitely the best project of the year thus far. Many thanks to Popular Science for having me work on this conceptual series while giving me plenty of freedom to interpret and have fun with the subject-matter.