Urban Homesteading

Last month I was tapped to illustrate the Dispatch article in this Febrary's Grid magazine.  This one focused on making the best use of one's urban outdoor space, the piece having been written by a couple doing their best to grow as much food as possible using their own compost and grey water to tend the plants.  You can read it here (last page)

I came up with several sketches, the following 2 are my favorites:

The art director enjoyed my take on American Gothic, and chose to go with that one for the final. I kind of envisioned that this couple was likely to be a 30something green-minded hipster-ish Philadelphia couple.  But when the art director suggested I use reference of the actual couple I was surprised to find that it was 2 ladies, making the American Gothic re-boot even less traditional than anticipated!