Last week I was asked by The New York Times to do this quick illustration for their Op Ed column with art director Erich Nagler. The piece was about the increasing crime, drugs, and poverty in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Even though I didn’t have as much time as I would have liked on this piece (less than 18 hours, with room to sleep somewhere in there), I was really happy with the outcome.
Coincidentally enough, just a few days before I did this illustration I had had another illustration killed with a similar western motif. It is always a shame to have a million ideas about a project swimming around in your head, and then have them cut short abruptly. It was nice to have such a quick turn around and be able to flush out some of those ideas, instead of just locking them away in my brain for use years later (or more commonly, to just let is waste away into the ether of unused mediocre ideas).