by Kirk Wallace
Kirk Wallace, BoneHaüs | Freelance Illustrator & Graphic Designer, Boston Massachusetts
Cmrcl. Illustration / Design studio of Kirk! Wallace & Sküllboy

San Francisco: Trolly Terrors [Editorial]

My reaction piece to the SFO contact period of my MFA in illustration program. Making the trolleys faster would be my first order of business as the president of California or whatever!


SFO Reaction

A reaction piece assignment as part of my MFA in Illustration. The task was to react to my experience in San Francisco contact period of the program.

The first thing we did in sf upon arrival, was riding the trolley down to the water to go explore. As we approached the trolley, I was hoping I'd be able to stand on the outside edge. I was in luck! As I hung off the side, my mind started wandering, thinking how great it'd be if they could triple the speed of this thing. This piece is a reflection of that desire. The driver throwing the throttle forward and cruising toward the water.

Technically, I wanted to show a wide shot of the car, but still include the details that makes my work so special. The solution was to take a sort of comic book approach, with paneling to show the details and help the story roll out in front of you in a clockwise fashion.


Process & Sketches

Part of the fun of this project was creating each panel as it's own small piece. I wanted an uncomfortable energy in the piece, and with that, thought if I created each piece separately and then merged everything together and smoothed things over, it's achieve just that.