Lincoln & Cyber Bullying

To close out the year, I thought I’d post a couple of my favorite assignments from the last couple months.

Lincoln’s Hazardous Journey, for Smithsonian Magazine.

Following his election, Abraham Lincoln was faced with a long and dangerous trek. There was a bitter and violent opposition to his election and those with feelings of hatred would stop at nothing to see to his demise. Lincoln was to travel from Springfield, Illinois to Washington D.C. by rail, passing through many potentially hazardous locations. Lincoln, who disliked “Ostentatious display and empty pageantry,” insisted on traveling without military escort, making it very difficult to offer the protection needed to facilitate a safe passage. With the help of many key players, including Allan Pinkerton, Lincoln would successfully dodge the harmful intentions of his opposition and reach Washington secretly and safely.

Lincoln donned a Scottish cap and winter shawl to help disguise himself on the journey.

Cyber Bullying, for California Lawyer Magazine.

Last month I was asked to create a conceptual illustration on cyber bullying. I decided to focus on the idea of being overwhelmed by digital media. Instead of being surrounded by bullies, the teenager is surrounded by computers, tablets, phones.

Cyber bullying is a scary thing…There’s a haunting permanence with bullying through social media…No longer does the bullying stop after the schoolyard incident, it lives on for much longer, taunting the abused and inflicting lasting damage.

On a side note…apparently “nerd” is no longer an insult. I guess it’s been a long time since I was in high school because it wasn’t a compliment back then. The editor had me change it to “slut” for the printed version.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope everyone has a Happy New Year!


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