May 24, 2013
“Outside the Law” profile of poet and Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs
By Meg Satrom
Justice Hobbs — or as he signs emails, “G” — is what Law Week editor Meg Satrom refers to as a “poet-lawyer.” The three of us visited over coffee and brunch about how art fits into our lives, and how our right brains can complement the left, and vice versa.
Drawing my inspiration from Hobbs’ own, I placed the photo I took of him in the Colorado Supreme Court conference room over an 19th century water map of Colorado while listening to one of his favorite bands, the Pines. Layering my own photos of water and nature over his face, I composited the image to create one of my last Law Week covers.
I really enjoyed creating this piece, but the true validation came from Hobbs’ own fingertips in a complementary email to Meg about her and my work on the story.
I’ve been wanting to do a Banksy-inspired cover for a while and the legal-education issue lent itself to the urban-art style. For this cover, I had Law Week designer Amy Vanchina photograph my body holding a soda cup (for lack of a spray-paint can) and then I proceeded to cut off my head and replace it with the head of actor Charles Andrew Callaghan (as actors are prettier than graphic designers). I desaturated the image and upped the contrast until I started losing detail. I then dropped out the white of the image and replaced it with my own spray-painted white background.
For the Law Week banner and title treatment, I basically created a stencil with layer masks and filled in with the white and red spray paint. You can see where the ‘stencil’ stopped and the paint bled over the edge. A few spray-paint drips later, we have the finished cover.
For this year’s Super Lawyers cover, Law Week’s Sarah Overbeck shot the photo on the roof at the Denver Athletic Club, and designer Amy Vanchina executed an architectural drawing of the skyline from the image. I then brought the photo and the drawing together, removed the photographic background and replaced the cityscape with an illustrative one. Layering on top of Vanchina’s sharp architectural lines, I loosely sketched the city, added watercolor and scribbled the Law Week banner.
In 2011, seven attorneys joined Law Week photographer Jamie Cotten and myself on the roof of the Lindsay-Flanigan Courthouse with a beautiful geometric city-scape behind them. Inspired by the first comic books of the 1930s, I then illustrated the image with an art-deco Americana style. Law Week masked the Super Lawyers and Rising Stars revealing their faces with the original photo inside the issue.
Two years ago, Law Week brought three Super Lawyers into the alley behind the Rocky Mountain Diner for an urban comic-book style photo shoot. I layered the photos with a half-tone pattern for my first Law Week cover which featured three images from the shoot in a comic-book-style story board.
The editorial focus for the March 12, 2012 issue of Law Week centered around employment and recruitment—including a feature story by editor Meg Satrom about law school graduates who aren’t currently practicing law, voluntarily or not.
Actress Amy Kersten clears tables in this photo taken by Law Week photographer Sarah Overbeck at Denver’s Appaloosa Grill. Acting as art director for the shoot and cover art, I researched images from Depression-era photographer Dorothea Lange to capture feelings of hopelessness and underemployment.
Please Take A Moment To Locate The Nearest Exit, Law Week Colorado, August 27, 2012
By David Forster
Our production day for Law Week is every Friday. I have to produce new and original cover art every week, which is always a challenge. As you might expect from a legal publication, the topic of the cover story is often not very visual.
On Wednesday afternoon of this particular week, I sat down with reporter David Forster and discussed his cover story for the week. He explained to me that the story was about damage control. After such horrific events such as the Aurora shooting right here in Colorado, it brought up a lot of issues in the corporate legal community about being prepared — for anything. Literally anything. David talked to me for a while about his story while I tried to visualize how this would look.
Having just flown home to Montana, my mind flashed to the airplane card in the seat back pocket instructing you to hold onto your seat cushion incase of a water landing — on a flight from Colorado to Montana. Worst case scenario. Prepare for anything.
With a cover due at the end of the day on Thursday, I didn’t have access to or time to access a model. So first thing the next morning, I burst into the sales office and forced account man Dan to pose for me. I shot a couple pics of him on my phone with him posing as a running man for an airplane exit-instruction illustration — I built the illustration the rest of the day.
Thanks to Dan for being such a good sport. I suppose that I owe you a drink for that.
For the January 23, 2012 issue of Law Week, I collaborated with photographer Sarah Overbeck and actress Chiara Motley to create a cover image based on the street photography of artists such as Markus Hartel,Robert Doisneau and Vivian Maier. The editorial feature of the paper this week was focused on the lateral moves of attorneys in Denver in 2011.
After pulling research—both street photos and occupational-focused realism paintings such as Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère—I discussed with Sarah my concept for the shoot. I wanted the image to feel like a candid snapshot of Chiara deciding whether or not to leave her firm while the world around her kept moving.
The final image is a composite of about seven different photos that Sarah and I set up, shot and stitched together.
The first slide is the cover; click through for an image of the final photograph, and again to see the image in color.
Gov. John Hickenlooper glances at House Speaker Mark Ferrandino last week at History Colorado after signing a bill allowing civil unions for same-sex couples. Ferrandino, the bill’s sponsors and hundreds of Colorado citizens packed the museum to see Colorado become the sixth state to provide such rights.
Illustrated cover for white-collar crime edition of Law Week.
Despite calling a number of really nice Canadians to track down photos, we had no artwork to run with this story. Additional last-minute illustrations by myself and creative team made up the inside-artwork.