Grid Magazine Illustration

I have been toying with the idea of pushing myself and trying some editorial illustration. After getting in touch with a friend who works at the good & great Grid Magazine, I decided to submit a packet of illustration samples and figured "what's the worst thing that could happen?"

While I was still processing the recent election results, I was delighted to find an email in my inbox from Grid, asking if I was interested in creating an illustration for an article. I read through the article, in which the author processes how to keep the momentum and drive going from the election, after Hillary Rodham Clinton's loss. The author chooses to focus on  finding causes and opportunities at a local level to support and that she could get involved with.

I was excited to have this opportunity, and to feel like I was helping in some way - to feel like I could do something as small as provide an illustration to help the community at large process the election results. 

The very first thing I sketched was a cropped view of the campaign office mentioned in the article. I kept sketching and pushing myself to come up with more inventive and abstract solutions for the illustration. 

First thumbnail sketch

First thumbnail sketch

After presenting three concepts to the designer I was in touch with at Grid, we pursued this option. After rendering it in Illustrator, trying to capture the defeated, empty, and left-behind campaign office, and adding in some finishing touches, I was so thrilled to see it finally in print:

Final illustration, in print

Final illustration

Final illustration