My latest back page illustration for Macleans! The subject is Gloria Taylor, the first Canadian to win the legal right to doctor-assisted suicide. In the end she didn't need to exercise that right (Taylor died of an infection) but having that choice whether she needed it or not was the vital thing.
When I'm working on these illustrations I often draw from where the person came from and what they did. In this case, Gloria lived in West Kelowna (I found a mountain that is in that area and drew it at the top right). She managed a trailer park (top centre). She loved motorcycles and would visit South Dakota often while riding her Harley (side left). Gloria was known for her beautiful handwriting (bottom left). The origami bird in the bottom right is the logo for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, which she worked with to mount the case for doctor-assisted suicide. And on the right side is a representation of Hardy Falls, one of her favourite places -- It was her wish to have her ashes dispersed there.
And here's the spot illustration for Macleans' iPad app:
And sketch. I ended up flipping it because I had the B.C. Civil Liberties Association logo reversed.