Worth Magazine Illustrations — Another Milestone

You may know, Dear Reader, that I pioneered The Wall Street Journal ‘Hedcut” portrait style. I was a full-time illustrator at The Journal for eight and a half years. Now I am coming to the end of another publishing association, of which I’m proud.
I have steadily drawn Worth Magazine illustrations since 2009 — a run very close to that of my time at WSJ!

That’s a lot of Worth Magazine Illustrations

It’s mind-boggling to consider All of the work I penned for this prominent financial magazine! Several major illustrations for each issue. As with The Journal, the folks at Worth and I experimented with the various treatments and formats to find the optimal look we were after.

Below, an early image, borrowing stylistically from the WSJ, being a single headshot. Unlike the Journal, we used a circular crop to distinguish our art…

Worth Magazine Illustrations - Circular Crop

Worth Magazine Illustrations – Circular Crop

The publisher, Sandow Media, wanted to move away from this hedcut treatment pretty quickly, I believe, for two reasons: They wanted their brand to stand out as being unique, and the people I had to portray immediately evolved into groups of people. These subjects were part of a special section highlighting Financial Advisors. Some of the subjects were individuals, but the majority were groups of people belonging to financial companies.

A sampling of my Worth Magazine illustrations over the years

We will start with a few single portraits, and work up to some multiple-subject portraits. To distinguish ourselves from the WSJ, we used more full-figured cropping…

Worth Magazine Illustrations - Full Figure Crop

Worth Magazine Illustrations – Full Figured Crop

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I enjoyed studying and rendering all those suits! Tedious, perhaps, but pretty effective I think!

Moving on, here are two trios:

Worth Magazine Illustrations - Trio Portrait

Worth Magazine Illustrations – Trio Portrait

Worth Magazine Illustrations - Trio Portrait

Worth Magazine Illustrations – Trio Portrait

One of the challenges of drawing Worth Magazine illustrations

Dealing with groupings of subjects presents its own challenges. I spent many photoshop hours correcting the figure-placement in the photos I received! In later years, I became an expert at changing individuals within a group illustration, because a partner was being replaced, added or removed. It was a more and more frequent occurrence as time went on!

Larger group portraits…

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I’ll miss working for Worth, but will still occasionally appear in its pages going forward.

In the meantime, I’m moving on to new and interesting projects. Stay Tuned!

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