I had a great time drawing a ton of flames for the LA Weekly when they needed a cover image in which I was told to use “LOTS of flames!” The article was about the alleged arson of the Da Vinci complex, which was an entire block of buildings. The alleged perpetrator was angry about being kicked out of the buildings (he has a reputation as a squatter); video footage shows an unidentifiable person exiting a taxi and climbing into the complex, running out to the taxi, and then flames erupted afterward. Crazy stuff.
I was told that the light from the fire was visible from almost everywhere in LA. So the art director really wanted to go over the top with a cover with lots of fire. I submitted the following sketches where I really wanted to create an image in which the use of flames reflected not only the actual fire but also represented the arsonist’s internal rage being expressed:
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