With two days left to work up the final, I had to throw my relaxed pace out the window to jump into a overnighter for Wall Street Journal.
WSJ's illustration was on the growing lack of interest in baseball among America's youth. My goal was to show that disinterest through several generations. Having done all my rollovers, this actually came relatively naturally. I love the idea of one part of an image remaining constant while things evolve around it. (Speaking of... I found out that my Ada Lovelace Day rollover was also accepted into Spectrum 18! Pretty much the same idea-> Image below).
Having been what some would call "indoorsy" as a child, I had to do a fair amount of research about various sports equipment, uniforms, and heroes that would end up on posters. (Full disclosure: the extent of my baseball experience is signing up for tee ball as a child, going to games, hitting the ball, refusing to run, and sitting back down.)
|50s/70's/90's/00's. None of the above had a part in my own childhood.|
|Again... replace all sports paraphernalia with Batman: The Animated Series/ make the boy chubby and pale.|
So, one overnighter follows another now that my time was nearly up for Library Journal. I should say now that I know it's not exactly uncommon for an illustrator to do back to back overnighters, but hey, this was my first.
|final approved sketch|
|Final and in context.|
And here is the Ada Lovelace rollover I mentioned that was also accepted to Spectrum 18.