During my tenure at The Washington Post, I would often be assigned to create feature art for the daily business feature or other section fronts. While editorial illustration does not comprise a majority of my professional work, it definitely pushes my creativity in an invigorating way — these illustrations needed to be conceptualized and produced in just a few hours to meet daily deadlines. I chose three of my favorite samples here with some brief background:
This illustration was created for a business feature about a hostile bid by Comcast to buy the Disney Company.  I quickly settled on Mickey Mouse as the obvious iconic center but wasn’t sure how to pair him with an image representing Comcast (known primarily as a cable TV provider at that time). I asked several colleagues for input. One of them queried, “Do you remember the original 1933 King Kong movie when he fights the giant snake?” Not another word was said and I immediately went to work on Mickey vs. the Comcast Coaxial Boa Constrictor.
Created for the Style section to accompany a piece about a mythical meeting in 1954 between President Eisenhower and space aliens, I tried to capture the outlandish nature of the story by evoking the style of a 1950′s sci-fi movie poster. A black-and- white photo of Eisenhower from 1961 was used as the base. The flying saucers — an homage to the 1951 film “The Day The Earth Stood Still” — were quickly modeled in StrataPro 3D. The final composite was assembled and colorized using Photoshop.
The concept for this illustration was presented to me by an Assistant Art Director for a real estate feature about home inspections. The base is a stock image of a doctor holding a typical x-ray. I superimposed onto it a 3D house rendering I had created months earlier for a project on home construction.
Software: Illustrator, Photoshop, StrataPro 3D

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