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Utne Reader Illustrated: Jon Reinfurt

 by Stephanie Glaros

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Uncertainty FinalIn this continuing series, Utne Reader Art Director Stephanie Glaros explains the process behind an Utne Reader illustration.

For the article “In an Age of Eco-Uncertainty,” I asked illustrator Jon Reinfurt to create something that expressed “the futility of living a ‘green’ life. Or in other words, the environment is too big of a problem to be solved by individual lifestyle choices only.” He provided some great sketches for me to choose from (below), and the final artwork had exactly the look and feel I was hoping for.

Since its inception in 1984, Utne Reader has relied on talented artists to create original images for stories that express powerful emotions, brilliant new ideas, and humorous storytelling. Browsing through back issues of Utne Reader is like a tour of “Who’s Who” in the illustration world. Artists like Gary Baseman, Brad Holland, Anita Kunz, Bill Plympton, and Seymour Chwast have graced our pages over the years, to name just a few. Reinfurt Eco-Uncertainty sketches