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Friday, December 28, 2012

Vactature Magazine - My First European Job - Jason Raish

My first European job !!! (continental europe not counting all the UK jobs i've had).  Cover for Vacature magazine in Belgium.  Its about the 12 sectors that are hiring in 2013 in Belgium.  they wanted a me to change his skin to a realistic tone and then open up his eyes (he's looking down so that was a challenge to say the least) and then add more blue squares to super flesh out the shape of the guy.  and then in the end it got killed.  let's just say there were too many non-art directors involved in the final decision.

this is the cover they ended up using

spots that did end up running inside the magazine.  insurance, financial and banking services

flemish government (this lion dude is on the flemish flag), federal government

technology, chemistry, health industry, energy

pharmaceuticals, construction, e-commerce, automotive

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

3x3 Magazine Feature - Jason Raish

I'm featured in 3x3 magazine october.  it's published 3 times a year so it will still be on the newstands for another month.  they picked a few pieces i'm not the biggest fan of but at least someone likes them.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Phoenix New Times- Arpaio Deathbringer

It is always a pleasure to get a call from Peter at Phoenix New Times as I know I'll be drawing something that might make someone mad.

Peter wanted to do an image of Arizona Sheriff Arpaio standing on a mountain of skulls or skeletons to reflect his disdain of immigrants and how many actually die in his prisons. Arpaio was running for re-election, and the goal was to inform voters of his absurd past. Read the guy's Wiki page; it includes gems such as staging an assassination as a publicity stunt?!?

I usually send Peter some really rough layouts from which we settle on a composition for a tight sketch; this saves a bit of time. Peter asked for versions with just skulls and full skeletons:
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Peter selected a suitable layout and made some adjustments to reflect new cover policies at PNT in regard to covering up the New Times header:

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With Peter's notes in mind, I worked up a tight sketch:
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The sketch didn't go over well with the editor; I think it was just the numerous small elements (skulls and figure) were making for an image without impact. I enjoyed it as an image, but agreed that it wasn't a good cover. Back to the drawing board for a more dramatic "non-portrait:"

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The sketch was well-received with a slight hair adjustment. In the final. I altered the glasses for more drama as well as the fact that depicting Arpaio's typical gold-rimmed glasses. As always, I love a flat black background:
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Thanks for reading!

Enjoy the Day,

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wall Street Journal Sunday Illustrations - Jason Raish

illustration for Sunday’s Wall St. Journal for the Juggle on Sunday column about how your dreams change once you have kids.  The writer and her husband used to dream of living in Spain or owning a sports car, and it all changed when they had kids and they are fine and happy with it.  written by Katy McLaughlin

Story Here

illustration for Sunday’s Wall St. Journal for the Juggle on Sunday column about teaching your kids about Charity.  My first Hurricane Sandy Illo.  written by LAURA KREUTZER

Story Here

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Rise of the Underdark 3

Here is the last of 3 images I did for D&D's Rise of the Underdark campaign.

I went into a little more depth about the process over here.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Quantum Uncertainty - Process

Scientific American is one of those milestone clients for me. I was pretty excited when Michael Mrak called, but the story itself was what sold it to me. It was well within my gamut of interests. I had a lot of fun with it. Here is the process from sketch to finish. I'm not posting thumbnails this time. There were some pretty cool ones that I want to use for some personal work later.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Summer Work - Jason Raish

spot for the Washington Post father's day edition about wether Dad's should teach their kids to fight. ran in black and white in the paper and in color online.

spot for Rides magazine about Drama Beats crashing a go kart.

spot for the Wall St. Journal sunday edition about a woman who's love for cooking almost ruins her family.

spot for golf magazine about a guy's ball getting eaten by an alligator

spot for MotorTrend Classic magazine about a few cars that the writer missed out on driving. the title was "The Ones that Got Away". one of the cars was a French blue 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic Coupe

spot for Radio Times (UK) about two British chefs who go to Paris to cook British food for the French who are infamous for being picky eaters. the title of the piece was "To Paris with Parsnips".

spot for Emory Alumni magazine about recognizing your own inner beauty

sketch of my buddy and artist marco pardo in barcelona last summer. he loves picos and miga de pan (breadcrumbs) are everywhere in spain

Friday, August 31, 2012

Runner's World: Race Day Disasters!!

Recently I finished a set of illustrations for the October issue of Runner's World which should be on the shelves any day now.  The article, by Selene Yeager, is about the nightmarish situations that can happen to runners on the day of the big race. AD Benjamen Purvis and I had the idea of depicting these moments in a pulp style reminiscent of the old paperbacks and magazines.  So, I painted a series of illustrations showcasing each terrible event that all runners probably have nightmares about. Benjamen did a wonderful job displaying them throughout the article and really gave the opener that extra bit of energy with his excellent and ingenious text design.  This was a great collaboration and really fun job all around.

Here are two of my favorites without any text on them.  Really have to thank my wife for being such a good sport.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Lots of Work - Jason Raish

spot for the Washington Post about snow shoveling related injuries

spot for MotorTrend Classic about the author's visit to the 1989 LA Auto show when he came face to face with two dream cars.

spot for MotorTrend Classic about how taking a 12 cyliner engine out of a Lamborghini and replacing it with an 8 cylinder is like removing its soul.

spot for the NY Times about how the NY Giants aren't that good, they win by some kind of magical fairy dust or something

Wedding board for my old roommate Naoki in Tokyo.  In Japan they put up a "wedding board" at the entrance of the wedding reception and its usually a big head little body caricature of the couple so they were happy to get this instead.

Wedding board for another one of my old roommates in Tokyo.  they wanted pink because the wedding was in april when it's cherry blossom season.  after Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss"

spot for golf magazine about golf rules.  this one is about a ball coming to rest on a frog.

spot for golf magazine about golf rules.  this one is about an eagle grabbing a ball mid-air.

spot for the final issue of UTNE about how Neanderthals mated with humans way back in the day.  the title of the story is "Stone Age Sex".  AD'd by the wonderful Stephanie Glaros.