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Inspired by the human condition
Boston illustrator Naomi Shea works digitally, melding vintage images with contemporary ones to create work that is at once "timeless and timely." Shea says she felt honored to tackle our special report, "Trials & Tribulation," given how important the story is to the life of the university. "My favorite topics to illustrate are those about the human condition," she says, "so this was right up my alley." Shea's work has appeared in such venues as MacWorld, the Los Angeles Times, Ms. Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal.
In the opener to "BigThinkers@jhu.edu," illustrator Michael Gibbs uses "stick" drawings against the textured backdrop of rock. The approach "seemed like a natural" for an e-mail exchange about U.S. foreign policy and Afghanistan, he says. "I liked the idea of contrasting the high-tech 'smart bombs' with the primitiveness of the al-Qaeda hiding out in the caves," says Gibbs, whose clients range from United Airlines and World Bank to Mortgage Banker and Science. The figures in the cave drawings are cowering, says the artist, "because while I'm not sympathetic to their cause, I am sympathetic to their fate." --SD
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