I had the pleasure of working with Michiko Toki on the latest issue of California Magazine. She contacted me over the summer of 2009 and asked if I was up for doing portraits of five influential figures on the forefront of green energy technology as well as other areas of bioengineering. Boy was I!

Originally this project had a summer deadline but the magazine had a green issue slated for winter and this story fit right in. This gave me a lot of time to really absorb what the scientists were doing and why their work is so important. Michiko was a real pleasure to work with and I hope to continue to work with her in the future. The layout of the portraits was a real success and the little touches of the names looking the same as the art kept a wonderful continuity throughout the pages. There were a few adjustments to the color of the final illustrations for the look of the magazine but I think they did a great job keeping things close to the originals. The hard copy of the story looks fantastic and the online version of the story and illustrations can be found here.

Below are the originals that were submitted. They were all done in acrylic, ink, and graphite on found pages. I hope you enjoy looking at these as much as I enjoyed working on them. Cheers!

Cyrus Wadia
Miguel Salmeron
Arunava Majumdar
Jay Keasling
Paul Alivisatos


Frank said...

these are great, man!

andillustrations said...

Nice work!!