Some time ago, a very nice magazine asked if I would illustrate an editorial article regarding the environment. While the subject interested me greatly, the fees did not and as sometimes happens in the professional life of an illustrator, the interesting article did not get illustrated for the magazine. However, I did wonder about the article and how I would have conceptualized it. From what I remember, the article was about excessive noise in cities and how it affects the fragile ever diminishing nature around us including the pitch of bird calls.
I am using this picture for a portfolio piece. I've depicted noise as a monster here and a vulnerable bird representing nature overwhelmed within it. A good illustration does not mimic the text, rather it compliments the writing with an interpretation. That is what I have attempted here. The design text in this particular visual is unrelated and has been placed just to give an idea of how it will look within the pages of a magazine. I'll work on it further later on. I've used graphite for this illustration. To get some idea of its true impact please click on the picture.
Alan E. Cober, one of the giants of illustration. Pure beautiful drawings done entirely by hand and pulsating with life.