The Fall of Adonis
36″ x 36″
This new painting rounds out my series of commentary about patriarchal society. Adonis, the god of beauty and desire finally falls.
The Illusion of Submission
Has medicine become too impersonal? An interesting article to illustrate for The Penn Gazette recently. As medicine has grown and expanded so have the practices that come with it. A reflection on these changes as seen through the eyes of a second generation doctor reflecting on his father’s experience– one of an overweening paternalism. This personal and “doctor knows best” approach is considered unacceptable these days.
Some alternative sketches below. Medical cross ball gag!? Maybe next time.
From a few months ago, a really fun job for brilliantly designed Foreign Policy Magazine. This was being coined their “War Issue” and while I began as the illustrator for just one interior article, as sketches took shape they felt some of my ideas could sum up the issue as a whole. So, cover Art! It is always a pleasure to see my work holding down the cover of a magazine. A less frequent honor these days. Images and a few other sketch ideas that didn’t get used below. Big shout out to FP Mag for the fun job.
Some rejected ideas. I thought the general carving the new solider was kinda lolz.
This image was a doozy. 8 by 8, the new, beautifully designed soccer magazine from Priest and Grace is gorgeous and with just the first few issues has become a power house of illustration. It was a real honor to get to be included in the current issue. The article details the interesting predicament the English World Cup team finds themselves in playing their first game against Italy in a stadium that is right in the middle of the Amazon jungle. The elements and environment will be unlike anything they have experienced and it’s anyone’s guess how the team will handle it.
My job was to really throw these players into the jungle and make them look as uncomfortable and out of place as possible. As I was told “You don’t have to be *nice* to these guys”. Here’s a link to the magazine website
The players included are:
Danny Welbeck and Leighton Baines
Gary Cahill and Michael Carrick
You’ve got to read this story from Outside Magazine. It’s beyond fascinating, and the writing is so vivid. Hats off to the author, Carl Hoffman
Deep in Papua New Guinea, where tribal lines remain thick and most modern amenities are nowhere to be found, one major source of income for the locals are the tourists who trek into the jungles on guided backpacking tours.
Last September, a skilled guide decided to take a trip down a trail less traveled. The company’s trip was shattered when machete-wielding men attacked the native porters. The motive appeared to be robbery, but something else was at work—ancient tribal patterns of violence that would inevitably be avenged.
By far one of the most interesting, sad, gruesome, exciting reads I’ve ever had for an illustration. The story is complex and the players can get confusing, machete armed tribesmen attack and kill another set of tribesmen. The victim’s fellow tribesmen then set out with their own machetes to avenge the murders. This is the way of life for these people. Eye for an eye. Sadness, but vengeance. Mourning, but revenge.
These are the complexities I wanted to balance with the art. Set the mood between horrific and mellow, emotional but “armed”. At quick glance the men in the image could be mistaken for the original attackers, but with a closer read and an understanding of the mud masks they wear (traditional death masks of mud and ash) as a symbol of mourning, I hope it is evident these men are in pain.
The story is long, but I really suggest you read it, it’s incredibly fascinating. A very interesting look into cultural tourism, tribalism, violence, morals, and economics… Read here
Some close ups and a few of the original sketches (and the original working title!):
An unconventional job, but fun none the less! Raw Meat is a pretty specific magazine for a pretty specific crowd I’d say. The three articles had similar themes so the challenge was to diversify the images, but still tie them together visually. I think palette really helped with that.
This recent job for The University of Missouri Illumination Magazine had me tackle the hot topic of fracking and the consequences to our water. The focal point of this particular study is chemicals contaminating our drinking water and the resulting effects on the female reproductive system. Spoiler: it’s really bad. Being advised to not go “too dark” I wanted to get this point across without showing anything related to actual child birth instead opting for a subtle (or not so subtle) metaphor: drinking bad water, kills flowers. You make the connection…
Some close ups, and the sketch/thumbnail process below:
As if the the photos weren’t enough, School of Visual Arts, in conjunction with Ralph Lauren, produced a short documentary that captures some of the process I went through to bring the Denim & Supply project to life. Thoughts from myself, David Lauren, and a few special guests; big thanks to my mentors, Mashall Arisman, Carl Titolo, and Tim O’Brien as well as my amazing, talented friends, Clay Rodery and Anne Emond. Nada Ray did a fantastic job directing and editing the piece– can’t thank her enough.
Ralph Lauren, Denim and Supply Ralph Lauren commissioned me to take over their flagship store in New York City with my illustration and design. The Art Wall Project is all about linking together individual artistic expression and fashion through a unique presentation of art and design.
The work includes, a full exterior mural, window displays (with printed illustrated backdrops and sculptures), t-shirt designs, silk scarf designs, and a wild posting marketing campaign. In total I created 5 new illustrations and countless design assets which have been used to predominantly promote the partnership of the Denim and Supply brand and myself, Jonathan Bartlett. Here is a pictorial round up of the collaboration. The original illustrations and additional photos can be found on my website