Smoking in the Workplace Illustration

News today about New York City banning smoking in public spaces touched on the differences in smoking laws across the U.S. and reminded me of this smoking-related illustration I created a while back specific to the issue of workplace smoking.

Sean Kane art Smoking In Workplace

Little did I realize the wide spectrum of smoking legislation that exists, extending from bans in public spaces in some jurisdictions all the way to states without any laws governing smoking in private workplaces.

This artwork originally accompanied an article discussing the issue of workplace smoking in Japan for the publication Asia-Pacific Perspectives: Japan+.

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This illustration is available for print and web uses. Inquiries & Commissions: Please contact sean@seankane.com. All rights reserved. Copyright Sean Kane.

Eating Disorders Illustration and Other Artwork with Helping Hands

I recently completed this illustration for a sensitive magazine story about helping and supporting those with eating conditions like anorexia and bulimia.

It reminded me that I've used the concept of open, welcoming hands as an element in previous visual solutions. 

Sean Kane Anorexia Bulimia art

A good pair of hands can work well as a representation of a humane, personal element without the specificity of showing a face, which in most cases would compete with the message or just confuse.

Here are some hands providing an alternative to going to court over a legal matter, representing mediators and arbitrators as neutral ground for arriving at dispute resolution. This was for a Black Enterprise article a few years ago.

Sean Kane Mediation Arbitration art

And one more illustration with cupped hands that I've previously mentioned, also having a legal angle. This one relates to anti-truancy programs created by judges to assist and support young people who have walked away from the educational system.

Sean Kane School Truancy art

So, a little round-up of welcoming pairs of hands at work in a few of my illustrations. I know I've painted fists and drawn confrontational, "don't come any closer" hands for projects over the years, but I'm partial to these hands that help.

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These illustrations are available for print, web, and other uses. Inquiries & Commissions: Please contact sean@seankane.com. All rights reserved. Copyright Sean Kane.

Licensing News: Teapot Art bound for Greeting Cards

Soon you'll be able to get a pot of tea at your favorite card and gift shop!

My playful illustration of Asian-inspired Teapots is making its way to greeting cards available in the new year.

I'm thrilled to be partnering with Design Design Inc., a trend-setting manufacturer and distributor of gift and stationery goods.

Teapots will be part of their popular 'green' line; They've got quite a commitment to making their products as environmentally friendly as possible.

I'm planning to give away some of these cards once they are in stores, so please stay tuned.

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This illustration is available for print, web, and product licensing uses. Inquiries & Commissions: Please contact sean@seankane.com. All rights reserved. Copyright Sean Kane.

Bright Future on the Horizon: Appleby College Illustration

It was a thrill kicking off the year by helping Appleby College, near Toronto, tell the story of their arts program with this sunny cover illustration for their quarterly magazine.

The private secondary school prides itself on the wide range of skills that their arts education provides students as they step into life beyond the classroom.

I had the pleasure of working on this with the design agency Bhandari & Plater in Toronto.

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Choosing a Meaningful Direction

A colorful, just-completed illustration for the American Bar Association for an article about pro bono work.

The text focused on the importance of following one's own passions in order to provide meaningful experience as an advocate and focused on the direction three young lawyers have taken in their pro bono work and their careers.

Thanks to the advocates of illustration over at the ABA.
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This illustration is available for print, web, and other licensing uses and as individual art prints.
Inquiries & Commissions: Please contact sean@seankane.com. All rights reserved. Copyright Sean Kane.

Landing a Government Job: Editorial Illustration

A couple hundred thousand federal jobs will be created in the U.S. in the coming years, and I was asked by Black Enterprise magazine to illustrate the topic for their August issue.


The artwork ended up spread eagle, so to speak, across the layout — a patriotic theme teaming up with the idea of joining the public sector ranks.


This marks 10 years that I've had the opportunity to contribute to the magazine and work with their creative team. A big thanks to Mary and Terence!
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This illustration is available for print, web, and other licensing uses and as individual art prints.
Inquiries & Commissions: Please contact sean@seankane.com. All rights reserved. © Sean Kane.

Ethical Dilemmas Visualized: Illustrations for Magazine Column

One of the great aspects of being an illustrator is exposure to a variety of subject matter and topics, and contributing to the Everyday Ethics column in The United Church Observer magazine is no exception. Each month I am commissioned to come up with a conceptual illustration to accompany this feature, helping visualize an ethical dilemma at hand, typically a hypothetical one facing a church congregation or member.

Below are a few of the ethical questions I've tackled for the magazine and the resulting images.

Dilemma: Your church gym is a busy community focal point that helps keep local youngsters healthy and off the streets. But it badly needs refurbishing and your church has no money. A sporting goods merchant offers $10,000 but wants a small sign advertising his store displayed somewhere in the gym. Do you accept?

Dilemma: You are a minister and an outspoken opponent of gambling. After a community kitchen meal for the poor, you find a crumpled lottery ticket on the floor by the coat rack. Out of curiosity you check the numbers on the Internet and discover it’s a winner. What do you do?

Dilemma: A wealthy member of the congregation where you are a minister plans a gift that will sustain the church for many years. There’s a catch: he wants you to cancel Spirituality and Suds pub nights that are popular with young adults from the congregation and the community at large. Do you turn off the tap?

Dilemma: A colleague has gone on short-term disability following the flare-up of an old back injury. You are both in the running for the same promotion, one that you feel you deserve and one that you need so you can make ends meet. One day you spot your colleague zipping down the ski hill. What do you do?

A big thanks to the editors at UC Observer. More examples of illustrations helping to tell unique stories about events, products, and various topics can be seen in my portfolio. __________ These illustrations are available for print, web, and other licensing uses and as individual art prints. Reuse and assignment inquiries please contact: sean@seankane.com. All rights reserved. Copyright Sean Kane.

Navigating Workplace Change CD Cover Art

From a variety of projects lately, here's an illustration for an instructional CD about charting a course through the changing economy and business climate. Fun to use a whitewater kayaking metaphor to represent today's workplace.  And the CD has won an award, details here.


The client is Ceridian, a company which provides human resources and benefit services to corporations. They produce a number of these kinds of CDs for their clients' employees, and I've been fortunate enough to create cover art for a few of them with direction from Bright White Design.


The first go at the paddler artwork was a little too red and hot to handle, so I lightened the mood a bit with yellow and tightened the view of the rapids.


(Nothing like creating a painting to get one interested in a new endeavor. Perhaps I'll try my hand at whitewater kayaking one of these days...)
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This kayaker illustration is available for print, web, and other licensing uses and as individual art prints.
Inquiries & Commissions: Please contact sean@seankane.com. All rights reserved. © Sean Kane.

Sleep CD goes Gold -- TWICE!

TWO shiny awards (previously unknown to this artist) have gone to the CD "Sleep Better Now", whose cover I illustrated.

The CD received a Gold Spotlight Award from the League of American Communication Professionals (LACP) in the category of Video/Audio Presentations.

And the CD received a 2008 Gold MarCom Award (lovely lady at the right) from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international award recognizes creative excellence in marketing and communication programs and materials.

It's fun to have played a role in this industry-recognized project and kudos to the team at Ceridian and Bright White Design!

(A better look at the cover art here.)

A Big Fluffy Pillow: Sleep Better Illustration

I recently completed puffy cloud cover art for "Sleep Better Now", a wellness instructional CD setting out to help everyone get some quality shut-eye.

Working with Ceridian and Bright White Design was a dream.

Here's a little detail, all cozy in dreamland on a mattress of clouds...zzzzz....   The original painting is painted with acrylics, which I use for nearly all of my artwork.
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This sleep illustration is available for print, web, and other licensing uses and as individual art prints.
Inquiries please contact: sean@seankane.com. All rights reserved. Copyright Sean Kane.