Friday, June 03, 2011

How to Illustrate a Chart

Tomer: the Play section in Wired focuses on a single theme and measures certain aspects of it throughout the magazine. it's an info-graphic, or a pie chart, showing the relative sizes of the different parts of a whole.

This chart was about the Apocalypse. my initial idea was a lone mutant survivor climbing a heap of junk, sporting a multi-lens glasses. each lens represents a different segment. no luck.


Another round: ghosts; rainbow; toxic puddle; totem. no luck.
 

But the totem led to this idea.

Which became this page--

Art directed by Alice Cho for Wired magazine.

18 comments:

  1. Really interesting process... I kinda like the rainbow apocalypse too haha but the final piece was definitely the way to go.

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  2. Thanks for sharing this; it was easy to overlook that amazing background when reading the issue. Without the text, it really shines!

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  3. The rat on top of the skull is a nice touch and it goes without saying how strong the colors are.

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  4. awesome dude, great thinking

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  5. Fantastic coloring! I love how vividly the totem stands out, without overpowering the scene!

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  6. i agree, the background is beautiful!

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  7. Awesome! One of my new favorites from you.

    It's also great to see that even very established illustrators sometimes have to do several rounds of sketches.

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  8. Great picture of the apocalypse... But I think that is 2011?

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  9. Yeah man it's really too bad that the background is obscured by the text. That illustration stands perfectly on its own.

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  10. Awesome! Love seeing the process. The detail in that final piece is great.

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  11. Very cool. I like how the totem carries so much visual weight even though it is so skinny.

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  12. Anonymous2:33 AM

    Do you mind me asking which program you use? Photoshop or Illustrator?

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  13. That's really nice, very nicely drawn. I even prefer the print version, the texts complement your illustration nicely without overpowering the artwork. Classy, and one of your best pieces in a while :-)

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  14. That came out so sick! Really great work.

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  15. looks amazing as always! Really like how the background is a subtle contrast of the foreground to give main focus on the skull! Amazing job and too bad about the initials i would have loved to see the first one finalized : )

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  16. This is very cool, I like how you incorporated everything!

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