Keith Negley – The New Republic

Here’s something hot off the press for The New Republic. It’s for a story that covers everything from Romney’s soon to be record breaking fundraising, to how Democrats are not as motivated as they were in 2008. After working through a few different directions to take the art Joe and I decided to keep things simple, which I think always makes for the best work. Despite a quicker turn around I was able to paint a few things by hand, and I broke out the airbrush tool for this too which I only just started doing again after quite a few years. The end result is a no holds barred mix of Illustrator, Photoshop, paper collage, watercolor, ink, acrylic, and some texture I got by scanning in an old cookie sheet. Thanks again to the great Joe Heroun for letting me stretch out a bit. It goes without saying that working with an Art Director that you share a mutual trust with can make all the difference. Read the full story here. Original sketch and some process below. Thanks for Reading!

Thumbnail (for my eyes only):

Vector Sketch (what the client signed off on):

Vector art pre-Photoshop:





About Keith Negley

Keith Negley is an award winning illustrator based in Seattle, WA. His work has been recognized by The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Communication Arts, 3x3, Creative Quarterly and Lurzer’s Archive Best 200 Illustrators among others. To see more visit


  1. Another great piece, Keith. I love that chair so much.

  2. Great work as usual Keith. I really enjoy seeing the phases of your process also!

  3. What a process. Amazing that this all started in Illustrator. You’re the king of textures!

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