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Leading Edge Magazine Issue 70

Two of a Kind by Diedre Bodily

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Inside Cover illustration commissioned by Leading Edge Magazine for the Science Fiction short story, "Two of a Kind" by Diedre Bodily. Both black and white and color versions of the cover were requested in addition to two black and white inside illustrations, one of which is viewable on the portfolio site.

Michelle Bocklage

Michelle Bocklage

illustration of A Utopian society exists inside a surreal bubble flower against an amber, pink and blue sunrise sky, surrounded by other Utopian flower cities.
illustration of Vector illustration of a Koi fish swimming beneath a white waterlily and a ladybug. City buildings are reflected on the water pooled in a leaf.
illustration of Costa Rican jungle illustration inspired by Manuel Antonio National Park featuring a dragonfly, golden headed gecko, frogs, crane, deer, heliconia, and bromeliads by a tranquil lagoon.
illustration of Hope against darkness and depression. Illustration of a  colorful glowing hummingbird trapped in a human heart made of glass against a black background.
illustration of Saving sunlight. Full color Illustration of a man in a white suit standing in a transparent room in outer space; is he removing or replacing a sun in a jar from a cosmic vault?
illustration of Donald Trump as the Angry Little Toaster. Illustration of a toaster resembling Donald Trump with flaming Social Security and Medicare cards flying out from the top, whisps of smoke in the form of his signature hairstyle emerge from the heating elements.
illustration of When chasing your dream, don't forget to keep an eye on your money. Illustration of a woman with a butterfly net chasing after colorful butterflies while money with butterfly wings flies away behind her.
illustration of 2017 was a busy and destructive year for hurricanes in the United States. Illustration of air traffic controllers guiding in hurricane symbols on a landing strip.
illustration of Illustration based on the poem of the same name by Syliva Plath of a black heart being pierced with a fountain pen, squirting black ink. The heart is surrounded by footsteps from a dance pattern.
illustration of Sometimes grief and loss can also be freeing. Illustration of a dove breaking free from a shattered heart laying on the ground. Other hearts are seen in the background and foreground fading into the distance.
illustration of Current Events Illustration of a cheerleader trapped inside a football helmet, inspired by the account of fired New Orleans Saints cheerleader Bailey Davis that there is a double standard regarding the fairly lax standards that football players are held to versus the stringent and restrictive standards cheerleaders are expected to live by outside the stadium.
illustration of The consequences of denial and silence in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster after the 2011 tsunami are represented in this conceptual illustration of a traditional Japanese kokeshi doll without a mouth wearing a radiation symbol for a bow and a kimono decorated with tsunami waves overpowering three nuclear power plant buildings. Its shadow fades away against a gray background.
illustration of Illustration of a close-up of a ballerina’s foot balancing on pointe on a dime as her foot begins to bleed, surrounded by landmines representing the stories of women who have been holding in past abuse and going about life as usual for far too long.
illustration of A little girl who is “supposed” to love pink but loves blue instead. Why is blue only for boys?
illustration of Illustration of an elderly woman in a wheelchair inside a warehouse storage unit, the door closing in front of her.
illustration of The interior of a woman’s eye is illuminated by flame, revealing something not entirely human.
illustration of Downward view of a firepit with miscellaneous detritus burning to ash in the shape of a four leaf clover. Commissioned by Leading Edge Magazine for Issue 71 short story “Fate Forward.”
illustration of Illustration of a zombie rabbit with red glowing eyes silhouetted by the moon looking at the person who took his foot and ready for revenge.
illustration of Inside spot black and white illustration created for the short story “Fate Forward” in Leading Edge Magazine Issue 71 of a prop airplane with its door open flying over the ocean and a pilot's cap flying away.
illustration of Visual Pun: A gigantic orange 1970s era vacuum cleaner sucks up planets and stars in outer space.
illustration of Why, hello there! A giraffe looks down in to the passenger side of a car as its passengers go on a little suburban safari at the local theme park. Line, stipple and ink wash.
illustration of A toppled glass bottle spills ink in the shape of a human skull.
illustration of Sometimes no response is the best response, especially on social media platforms. 
A shovel is seen digging a hole in the shape of a well-known bird, while dirt piles up all around. Pen and Ink with Ink wash.
illustration of Illustration based on a childhood memory of a black swan with a crooked neck that lived on a lake in Sumter, South Carolina. Whether strolling through the park or having a picnic, people were always on the lookout for the famous waterfowl.
illustration of Is your child a social climber? Illustration of a young boy climbing an anthropomorphic rock wall. Line drawing with ink wash.
illustration of Excessive stress can lead to dental problems. Close up of a person's clenched mouth, teeth cracking and shattering under the strain. Line, stipple and ink wash.
illustration of Is he coming home or stepping out? Watch that errant floorboard for the tell-tale squeak!
Close up of a man's foot in a business shoe about to step on a loose floorboard while a person sleeps in the bedroom which is seen in the background.
illustration of A shark hunts a school of teeming fish.
illustration of Illustration of a woman performing a graceful ribbon dance.
illustration of Teamwork! A cute little army of Leaf Cutter Ants marches across the forest floor carrying their leaves back to the nest to feed their fungi farm. Ink line drawing with ink wash and watercolor.

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Michelle Bocklage is an illustrator based in the New York City area who applies the classical drawing and painting techniques learned at The School of Visual Arts to her traditionally and digitally created works. Whether aiming to spark the imagination, tug at the heart, punch in the guts, or tickle the funny bone, Michelle's focus is on making meaningful and memorable connections with the audience. Her colorful and detailed vector illustrations and muted pen and ink work are perfect for editorial, advertising, children's books, animation and beyond.

Style/Techniques

Black & White, Cartoon, Conceptual, Digital, Fine Art, Line, Line with Color, Pen & Ink, Stipple, Stylized, Watercolor, Whimsical, Concept Art, Vector

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Action, Adventure, Animals, Book Covers, Botanical, Children, Children's Books, Corporate, Editorial, Education, Family, Fantasy, Futuristic, Greeting Cards, Health, Landscape, Mystery, Nature, People, Political, Posters, Science, Scientific, Sci-Fi, Sports, Still Life, Toys & Games, Travel, Wildlife, Feminine, Spiritual, Youth, Edgy, Environmental, Financial, Urban