I drew both of these images between 2005 and 2009. The figure was drawn for panels 6 and 7 on page 9 of Flying Solo. I made a sequence of blind-contour sketches while looking at myself in the mirror. I think I was trying to suck in my gut and channel Egon Schiele.
Advertising work can be fun. It can pay well. But it can also be chaotic and demanding. I’ve had a variety of experiences. Some agencies mismanage or outright abuse their designers. Others are collaborative and supportive. While working for one of the former, I found the repetitious task of drawing all these circles to be a relaxing, meditative activity. I traced the shadow of my hand while counting down on my fingers, for the sole purpose of filling in the background image with circles.
The collage was made in 2011. I added the color yellow in 2015.