Iraq + Film
posted: June 25, 2008
I've been doing a mix of assignments lately. Some editorial, and some advertising. With the current economic picture coming daily at me through the media it does feel good to be working. In the most recent issue of Mother Jones, the section Media Jones, I've done an illustration. The subject being the Iraq war film, and the failures to date. Hollywood has not produced a project that has connected with the American public. In my opinion it might just be too early historically to have perspective on the subject. Attached are my sketches and the final art. I wanted to try and describe the disconnect between war & Hollywood, plus a pathos in the lone over burdened soldier. The soldier is isolated and alone. For final art my art director, Allison Milmoe requested an approach I've done with brush & ink, and my computer. It's old school hand separations. It felt good to have worked with Mother Jones after quite some time since I last did.
Joseph Fiedler June 25, 2008
Looking good Dougie Baby! Find any severed feet in your neighborhood?
Doug Fraser June 25, 2008
Ha! you've been watching the news. Nope! both mine are attached.
Marc June 25, 2008
Wonderful solution. The contrast between the subject and entertainment factor is really powerful.
Tim OBrien June 25, 2008
Solid sketches and great final. Fun to see the process.
Cathleen Toelke June 25, 2008
The other sketches are very dynamic, but the quieter final choice has the most emotional impact. Funny how that works! Thanks for showing all your thoughts, it's always so interesting.
David Flaherty June 25, 2008
I was thinking three was the charm and ... wahla!
Paul Rogers June 25, 2008
The old school color seps work beautifully! Especially on the uniform. You should watch the movie "In the Valley of Elah" with Tommy Lee Jones, it's a very thoughtful look at the military's impact on a family. Cusack's picture "War Inc. looks promising.
Robert Saunders June 25, 2008
Doug, that's a beautiful image of the soldier isolated from US entertainment-saturated society. Nice job.
Doug Fraser June 25, 2008
Thanks for the responses on my sketches. It is my understanding the numbers of people going to the films on Iraq are low. This might be understandable given the current climate of the nation. A fatigue seems to pervade.
All images copyright Douglas Fraser