Vintage NYC Suicides

Here are two more illustrations I did for The Onion. They wanted to go for a vintage 1880s look for this piece. My first stab at it looked too contemporary (probably because it was done entirely in Photoshop) so the final was done in ballpoint pen and aged with a texture overlay.
You can see the pieces in the video at 1:46

Scopes Trial: Teacher Indicted After Monkey Called To Testify Fails To Turn Into A Human

Here are the final pieces:

And here are the rejects:


Amerigo Vespucci

Just did this piece for The onion. 18" x 24" oil on board. You can view it here at 00:40
Originally he had an "oh shit" expression, but they thought it looked like he was terrified, so I painted over it in Photoshop to give him a more exhausted look.