slate investigates myths from around around the world, including korean fan death.
art direction: andrew morgan
note: all characters appearing in this work are fictitious. any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental, particularly jon han. i repeat, the stranglee in this image, never was, is, or will be, my arch-nemesis jon han.
is your electric fan trying to kill you? by ken jennings
dvora meyers writes about caring for her aging mother, while she herself is a twentysomething and still figuring out her own life.
art direction: natalie matthews-ramo
my mom was too old, by dvora meyers
whoooooo! very pleased to announce that i got two editorial pieces into society of illustrators 55!
many thanks to claire eckstrom from fast company, and rachel lancashire from eigen huis & interieur.
thanksgiving is next week. yup, NEXT WEEK. the washington post looks at the science of five holiday recipe flubs. meanwhile, i anthropomorphize gravy. you can’t anthromorphize gravy!? the hell i can’t! well, you can’t give it feet! fine, no feet.
art direction: susana sanchez-young
washington post: thanksgiving food science
new illustration for plansponsor europe. chickens hard at work.
art direction: soojin buzelli
it’s bizarro day in the eben studios. this article for slate is about a harvard “neurosurgeon’s” visit to heaven. look, i am not going to get into his book and his claim. if you believe in heaven, good, if you don’t, also fine (slate’s daniel engber isn’t terribly impressed and it is a fairly amusing thrashing of the book). personally, i don’t care, well i do, but you’re more likely to get my opinions about it over a beer than over the internoodles. the real point of this story is that the name of this guy is eben alexander III. EBEN ALEXANDER III!!! this is just crazy. it’s like i am illustrating in an alternate universe, and we all know ebens aren’t brain surgeons. boom!
additional notes: yes, i self butt modeled.
art direction: holly allen
slate: heaven help us, by daniel engber.
baseball & mascot fans rejoice, teddy has finally won!
teddy roosevelt (as pictured), former president of the united states and currently one of four mascots that compete in the washington nationals’ presidents race in dc, has won. teddy was previously 0-525.
another illustration for farhad manjoo and the lovely folks at fast company. a rising arena of apps are those for sourcing tasks, be it grocery delivery, car service, or putting together furniture. with these apps, the question that is getting asked (and possibly answered) is whether this type of micro service is something that can expand to a greater user base than just the wealthy.
in case you are wondering, the best named of these services is taskrabbit.
art direction: claire eckstrom
fastco: what apps for the upper class mean for the 99%, by farhad manjoo.
the feminist naomi wolf just came out with a new book titled vagina: a new biography. while newsweek wanted an illustration, they also wanted to make sure that it wasn’t offensive or lewd and so requested personifications of the letter V using their typeface. a fun project with a quick turnaround, and of course a few gems sprinkled into the conversations regarding this illustration:
“And/or, maybe the letters themselves are a reddish–dare I say pinkish hue—to reference, well, you know…?”
always a pleasure working with the fine folk of newsweek.
art direction: lindsay ballant
newsweek/daily beast: naomi wolf’s vagina issues, by michelle goldberg
bonus: v sketches
good old fashioned sarcasm, it’s only gotten me in trouble once or twice, or three times. possibly more. simon doonan writes about living in the era of sincerity. ugh. at least there’s always snark.
art direction: natalie matthews-ramo
slate: who killed sarcasm? by simon doonan