There seems to be a serious problem within the Orange County Prison System, not only with overcrowding, but  negligible behavior (by prison officials), and high suicide rates. The report proposes that the suicide rate is up due to the lack of care and attention for the prison population, especially those at high risk due to mental health issues.

With this concept in mind, I wanted to make sure the art did not just present prisoner suicide, but instead place blame. In this case on the prison itself. Full story here

I am really pleased with the way this cover turned out; my hat goes off to the wonderful art director for her beautiful integration of illustration and design.  Ironically, the image was very close to not running. It was a go at the start, then the editor wanted a photo, and finally at the 11th hour they went back to illustration.  Glad they did so.  Illustration 1, photography 0.

Lastly, it seems relevant to point out that every time I have been hired to work for an Orange County publication the topic has been death, corruption, or suicide. I mean damn, can’t we all get along?



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