An Unspeakable Word...

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    Three attempts to make an acceptable illustration for this New York Times 'Riff' essay by Jenny Diski.

    In the end the top one was used.

    wischnik, FHNavarro, Deth Sun, and 67 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. wischnik 47 months ago | reply

      i like all three of them.

    2. H T D 47 months ago | reply

      These are brilliant!

    3. timohmeyer 47 months ago | reply

      I like them all. I guess they wanted something without text ...

    4. Liziane Kugland 47 months ago | reply

      The second one would work in Portuguese as well.

    5. NathanGeen 47 months ago | reply

      I really like the first one, but how about displaying the CU then the guy painting out the rest? The woman saying it but the guy painting it out. Great work BTW :)

    6. cm Illustration 47 months ago | reply

      I really like all 3 of these... they make me smile :) I think the second one is the strongest... because it's just the suggestion of the word we are given.. and then we can peice it together.

    7. lastcrazyhorn 47 months ago | reply

      I like the 2nd and 3rd the best.

    8. cathredfern 47 months ago | reply

      I like the middle one.

    9. udgang99 47 months ago | reply

      I like the fourth one!

    10. tom gauld 47 months ago | reply

      Thanks everyone. I was asked on the third attempt (shown at the top) to do something which didn't reference the specific word at all, but was about the idea of a word being forbidden, so that's why it's so coy.

    11. delthorpe 47 months ago | reply

      I like the simplicity of the first one! And the brush marks. Nice.

    12. quirkybird 47 months ago | reply

      I've really enjoyed seeing your illustrations paired with this column. This one in particular was very poignant, and I think the article was the better for it.

    13. Stephen_Collins 47 months ago | reply

      Wowsers, impossible brief! I like the second and third ones best but don't think I've ever had a client who wouldn't have squeamed at the merest suggestion of That Word though. Loving these letterbox illos

    14. lyonsa 47 months ago | reply

      they are all great!

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