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Utne Reader Illustrated: Juan Carlos Solon

 by Stephanie Glaros


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 Solon Final  

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

When I thought about illustrating “The Dow of Tweet,” an article about how the general mood of people on Twitter can predict what happens with the stock market, I wanted to go with a fun, whimsical approach. I contacted Juan Carlos Solon because I thought his concepts were smart, his characters were cute, and I liked his color palette. He submitted some great sketches (below), any of which would have done the job, but I loved the animal-centric second option. The final (above) shows the stock market bull being carried away by Twitter birds, and is just as fun as I was hoping it would be.

 Solon Sketches 

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.