April 24th, 2010

This was an article for Utne Reader magazine; the author was offered to give a public speech in a conservative christian school regarding his struggles as a gay man coming from a christian background. He decides to decline the job, then changes his mind when he finds a letter online from a gay student from the same school who is suffering greatly and contemplating suicide. The AD wanted to emphasize the idea of courage in the face of a hostile environment, since the author had to muster a lot of inner strength to be able to come up and talk.

These are the finished illustrations I sent:

The Ad decided she wants to stick to a more clean line so I reworked the second image giving it clean ink lines rather then pencil. Sometimes its better to clue the AD in before trying something new...