Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Strokes for Rolling Stone


Hey Everyone.  I know it's been awhile, so I'm gonna drop some new work here to catch up.  First off, I've got the new piece for Rolling Stone here.  Really excited to work with them on this.  The Strokes are freakin' awesome, and it's been too long since their last album, so I'm glad to see the new one, ANGLES, out now.

Bit challenging to fit five guys into such a tight vertical space.  I was either going to go really small with them, or really big.  Obviously I went big.  This was produced before the album was released, so we (i.e. me and Steven Charny, art director at RS) didn't have much yet to go on.  So we focused on their oh-so-cool rockstar vibe somewhere vague and abstract.  A big thanks to Steven for his help, and the opportunity to give these guys the moody treatment.

Cheers!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Popshot Magazine

So I was contacted by Popshot, this terrific poetry and illustration magazine in the UK to do a piece for their upcoming issue.  They've featured to many great talents, and I knew it was going to be stellar issue, so I said "absolutely".  Jacob Denno (the art director) had let me know that the poem I was to illustrate would be to me soon.  So I waited with baited breath to see what I would get.  The poem that arrived in my inbox, Witch Hazel Song, was a heartbreaking piece on the emotional devastation of child abuse.  Graphic and honest, the poem is nothing if not powerful.  I don't know if I've got permission to print it here, nor am I aware of the specific author yet, so I'll suggest that you pick this issue up if available to you.  Here's the cover, and this is the link to their site.
 

The piece itself, is less than graphic.  It's difficult to illustrate a concept like this.  If I was too literal, it might feel exploitative.  But if it was too conceptual, I think I'd feel I was shying away from the truth.  So I did my best to come at it straightforward, yet let the colors and expression outline the heartbreak and conflict.

Runner's World

New piece for Runner's World Magazine on the horror of muscle cramps, and the precautions you can take to avoid it.  Thanks to Marc Kauffman at RW for his direction.  I can feel the pain all over this guy!

The mock/thumbnail.


Final Pencils.  I've kept the backdrop pretty loose, to keep the focus in the center.


Onto some rough paints to feel out the mood and tones.


And on to the final...

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Art for ESPN Magazine

Here's a piece done for the latest issue of ESPN Magazine for a feature on the medical industry's scramble to receive the brain material of those that have died of concussion related injuries so that they may further study the effects of concussions and develop new treatments.  ESPN's art director, Ed Mann, already had this concept laid out and ready to go, which is often a great help.  Bit of a rush to get it complete, as the deadline was fairly tight. 

More to come soon!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Communication Arts Feature

Happy Holidays Everyone!

Hope you all had a lovely time of it, and that that copious amounts of food and good company were enjoyed.

Woke up today excited about the "Fresh" feature Communication Arts would be posting to their site.  If you have a moment, take a look there's a decent sized gallery and a bit of a Q & A. 

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I'll be posting some new work soon for ESPN Magazine as well as Malibu Monthly Magazine as well.  Until then, have a great New Years!

-Rory

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cover - M Magazine

Hey Everyone,

Here's a new cover for M Magazine in my hometown of Milwaukee.  The subject was simply "charity", which can be interpreted in countless ways.  So this is what I came up with...



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PENTAX features skins by Rory.

I recently worked with PENTAX on a collection of skins they could feature to coincide with the release of their new RS1000 Digital Camera.  There's ten in all, and they can be downloaded here for those who'd like to trick out their RS1000.  One could either print it themselves, or upload it on skinit.com for them to print as it's already laid out for them.  And I believe every camera comes with a skinit.com gift card to have one of these art skins made, or to design one of their own.  Pentax sent one of these cameras to me recently, and it's just a great idea.  There's this clear plate that can be popped off, then the art is slipped in, and you stick the plate back on.  Bam, done!  Not to mention the camera is a whopping 14 megapixels and films in HD quality.

Here's the link to check out the camera www.pentaximaging.com/digital-camera/RS1000

And here's the link to visit the skins gallery www.rs1000.pentaximaging.com