February 22nd, 2011

I was recently commissioned to illustrate an article for Family Circle magazine about the american family in the digital age. According to the article the modern family is over-gorging itself with technology, sometimes resulting in a disconnect between family members. The author was describing a family trip she went on where all the family members remained submerged in their various digital devices (smartphones, ipods, gaming consoles etc...) and were not fully engaged in the experience of the trip or shared it with each other. Come to think of it, I feel guilty of a smilier crime, when on a recently visit to my family spent much of my time hooked up to the laptop instead of hanging out with family members.

In the illustration, I wanted to show the family together yet alone simultaneously. Both in close proximity to each other but separated in their own digital bubble. So I bisected the space of the image into separately colored areas for each person. Below is the final illustration as well as two additional spots on the same theme which I did for the article.