Tuesday, June 29, 2010

City Pages Illustrations

I made these illustrations for City Pages, a Minneapolis-St. Paul newsweekly, a month ago. All three were for an article about bad bus drivers. At first, I was going to have a unique bus driver for each illustration, but I decided to develop one character to use for all three, to bring some continuity to the illustrations.


N_Straight said...

The second one is fantastic.

Peter said...

I really like some of the contrast of opaque colors I've noticed in your work. The style is a little more... graphic(?) I'm talking about elements like the THUD, combined with the burst illustration below, all on the solid yellow background. I think it would be cool if the inside of the bus were colored this way too. I think it was a great choice to stay with one bus driver character, in order to help give readers some visual continuity to go along with the written narrative.

Mike Sgier said...

Good point, Peter. I think one of the things I had to keep in mind was that 2 of the 3 illustrations would appear in black in white in print. The first illustration, with the snow scene, became the main illustration and appeared in color. So I think with the THUD illustration, I was aiming to create a contrast between outside the bus and inside the bus. Maybe I should have just designed it in black and white to begin with. Then again, I didn't know which one they would choose for color.