Here’s a small illustration I recently did for Popular Mechanics Magazine. It’s for a column about the possible economic blowback of the recent NSA surveillance program coming to light given that other countries may start routing around the U.S. information economy by developing their own competing services.
The printed version has a few minor tweaks including an outline of the US border behind the figure. In context of the magazine the map works but for the sake of the blog I decided just show the drawing without it. Also, I was totally shocked to see this illustration explode into an animated version when I flipped to it on the iPad version of Pop Mech. It was complete with flashy effects and the spider drones climbing across the cables. I laughed pretty hard to myself due to being totally caught off guard by it.
I know there’s part of the illustration community who are on the fence about the future of editorial illustration leaning in towards attention grabbing effects and alterations to your work after you send it in but honestly, I was surprised in a good way. It’s pretty cool seeing your work come to life like that and as long as I’m not the one who has to animate it… I’m fine with the direction.
Thanks for AD Scott R. Wells for the job! It was real pleasure working with him and the guys at Popular Mechanics. They have me assigned to a much bigger job now that I couldn’t be more excited about but it will be awhile before I can show that one.