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It’s been a very busy summer and I haven’t really had time to post, but now that I a few projects have been completed, I’d love to share one that has just been released. Back in July I was contacted by Atlantic Re:think, the marketing division of the Atlantic Magazine, to create a series of illustrations to help promote the PBS release of a new documentary by KEN BURNS and LYNN NOVICK! The documentary is titled THE VIETNAM WAR, and will air in September on PBS. I was asked to create a print illustration which would accompany a brief article about the series in the latest issue of The Atlantic. The piece had to communicate the comprehensive, objective view that the documentary takes, interviewing people from both sides of the war and the political divide. I chose to create a montage as I felt it was the best way to talk about so much in one image.
The second phase of the project dealt with interviews of 7 of the documentary’s participants. I was asked to create one illustration per interview. The illustrations and interviews will live online and can be found here https://www.theatlantic.com/sponsored/PBS-2017/to-pledge-allegiance/1443/ I had the idea to develop one symbol per interview that most strongly embodied the audio. The team at Atlantic Re:think were great, really supporting this approach and I’m really happy with how these came out.
I haven’t seen the documentary yet (September 17), but based on the research I had to do for this series and any of Burns/Novick’s previous work, I know it will be incredibly powerful and will pay the proper respect to all the men and women who experienced this painful period in our history.
Below are the illustrations as well as some shots of the print piece in progress. Thanks for looking.