The lovely people over at Variety Magazine are big fans of illustration and use a wide range of great illustrators in a range of styles. I was lucky enough to work with them on a recent article about the one year anniversary of the Sony data hack and how Hollywood had adapted to this threat. As usual, I submitted a range of roughs exploring a few different approaches and thankfully the Art Director liked the look of my favourite approach which played on the very simple observation that sometimes a USB key can look like a skull, if you squint a bit and add a few extra bits and bobs.
Having got approval at the rough stage and some feedback to flip the image so that it worked better reading left to right, I had some fun throwing some textures about and keeping it quite loose and energetic. I'm really chuffed with how it ended up on the page.