BILL BELICHICK
EDITORIAL for THE BOSTON GLOBE

Art Director Ryan Huddle commissioned me to create an illustration of Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick based on an unflattering quote from the Globe’s editorial; “He is a very good and successful coach who, over the past few years, has been revealed to be a thoroughly average human being”. Creating a crossbones effect with the crumbling Lombardi Trophies, I tried to echo the mood of the journalist’s point of view.

 



TOM WAITS
EDITORIAL PORTRAIT

Musician Tom Waits unmistakenly gravel-seasoned smoky growl creates beautiful music that embodies the ragtag desperation of his characters. The elegant smoldering off his gruff exterior seemed to capture the essence of his music.

 



QUENTIN TARANTINO
EDITORIAL PORTRAIT

I’m a huge fan of award winning director Quentin Tarantino’s films. His go-to peace sign wave to paparazzi seemed a fitting element to exploit the contrast of the man and his often violent, revenge themed movies.

 



ILLUSTRATION ALE
POSTER DESIGN and LABEL

Curated by celebrated artist Wayno for Micro Brewer extraordinaire Scott Smith, six Pittsburgh artists were chosen to illustrate a limited edition release of ILLUSTRATION ALE for East End Brewing. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the ToonSeum, celebrating and promoting a deeper appreciation of cartoonists work. The beer’s pretty good too.

 



MICK JAGGER
EDITORIAL PORTRAIT

A good editorial portrait shouldn’t idealize the subject, but be brutally honest and try to capture a part of the subject’s true character. The Stones were always the darker, more dangerous side of the British Invasion to the Beatles cleaner persona. Utilizing the Stones signature tongue, it’s now serpent forked five times representing their five decades of extraordinary music.

 



AMY WINEHOUSE
EDITORIAL PORTRAIT

Winehouse was a powerful stylish talent lost too soon. Just as identifiable as her sound, her shock of a beehive hairdo now tells of her inner demons.

 



SPLASHDOWN
COVER for PITTSBURGH QUARTERLY MAGAZINE

Collaborating with Jennifer McNulty for the Quarterly’s summer issue, I suggested a uniquely Pittsburgh moment. Occurring only once in the history of PNC Park in a regular season game, a “Splashdown” is when a home run goes into the Allegheny River on a fly ball. It was an opportunity to showcase the skyline from a rarely seen dramatic point of view. The week the magazine was released, Pirate first baseman Garrett Jones hit a towering 468-foot home run into the river under the Clemente Bridge. Timing is everything.

 



A MOVABLE FEAST
EDITORIAL for LEADER’S EDGE MAGAZINE

Taking advantage of a veritable feast of technology, insurance brokers are achieving greater connectivity and sales as they accommodate to mobile hungry clients. Working with Art Director Brad Latham, we agreed that a vintage waiter with a full plate seemed the perfect metaphor for the design challenge.

 



NEW & OLD PITTSBURGH
COVER for PITTSBURGH QUARTERLY MAGAZINE

Pittsburgh has gone through a series of renaissances since its turn of the century smoky past. Working with Editor Douglas Heuck and Director Jennifer McNulty, my challenge was to capture the cities metamorphosis from blue-collar labor to white-collar business, while maintaining a respect and admiration between the two worlds. A courteous nod the two hats seemed to capture the tribute needed.

 



TASTE OF ART
MURAL

The Art Institute of Pittsburgh commissioned this 16 foot mural for their outstanding culinary programs cafe; The Taste of Art.

 



UPTOWN COFFEE
ADVERTISING POSTER

Poster for one of Pittsburgh's preeminent coffee houses.

 



MOTIVE POWER MURAL
MURAL

Motive Power, a Pittsburgh based locomotive manufacturer, commissioned this 18 foot mural to be used as a centerpiece in the lobby of their corporate headquarters.

 



GREAT EXPECTATIONS
COVER for TEPPER MAGAZINE, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

New Dean, Bob Dammon, steps into the global spotlight and shares his plans and vision for leveraging Carnegie Mellon’s School of Business’s momentum. Collaborating with designers Susan Limoncelli and Joseph Mancuso, the illustration challenge was to convey the charismatic, multifaceted Deans’ elaborate agenda while maintaining a structured coherent visual to reflect his analytical perspective.

 



LEADERSHIP
EDITORIAL for TEPPER MAGAZINE, CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY

Tepper’s new Dean, Bob Dammon’s vision and guidance to oversee CMU’s School of Business.

 



DREAM DEFERRED
EDITORIAL for UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MAGAZINE

Joshua Hoyt leads the fight for workers and immigrants’ rights in Illinois.

 



BOUND & DETERMINED
COVER for UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO MAGAZINE

Commissioned by Art Director Guido Mendez and Editor Amy Puma, the cover story highlighted how the DREAM ACT failed in Congress, but how activists continue to fight for a better life for immigrants. The image was to convey how bitterly our country is entangled in this struggle and how the chance for the American Dream is fading away for many immigrants.

 



POP CRUCIFIXION
EDITORIAL PORTRAIT

An endless series of outrageous claims crucifies a political pop idol.

 




ART INSTITUTE BANNERS
ADVERTISING PROMOTION

A series of banners to promote different disciplines with the Graphic Design program.

 



DEVIL
EDITORIAL PORTRAIT

Vintage propaganda poster


 



mark@benderillustration.com