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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 Trying to leave the European Union is proving to be a bit of a headache for Prime Minister Theresa May, whose multiple plans for Brexit have failed to pass the House of Commons.
illustration of Vector Illustration portrait of music legend Diana Ross, with a background
illustration of Vector Illustration of Dolly Parton with a halo of sheet music, hot pink guitar picks, and lipstick against a background of the Great Smokey Mountains. Self-directed work based on a Creative Commons Image by Curtis Hilbun.
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 Vector Illustration of a woman's stiletto heel piercing a background showing the outline of Texas being filled with raindrops. Based on the controversy surrounding the wardrobe choices of first lady Melania Trump during her 2017 trip to hurricane ravaged areas of Texas.
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 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 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 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 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 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 Global Warming has reached a crisis point and time is running out. Conceptual editorial illustration showing the earth running through an hourglass with a green, life-sustaining earth in the top of the hourglass running through to the dusty, charred remains in the bottom part of the hourglass.
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 Graphic Conceptual Illustration of a close up of a woman sticking out her tongue to reveal a gold piercing in the shape of a bomb.
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 A woman perched atop chopsticks as stilts, trying to pick up a gigantic dim sum dumpling as one of her shoes falls off.
illustration of Visual Pun: A gigantic orange 1970s era vacuum cleaner sucks up planets and stars in outer space.
illustration of Vector illustration of a slightly spooky looking snail on a garden path.
illustration of Whimsical flat art style vector Illustration of a green anole lizard resting on a leaf, observing a firefly which has landed on his tail.
illustration of Whimsical flat art  vector Illustration of a green anole lizard resting on a leaf surrounded by fireflies, which he cannot eat.


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. Michelle's focus is on making meaningful and memorable connections with the audience. Her colorful and detailed vector illustrations are perfect for editorial, advertising, children's books, animation and more.


Black & White, Conceptual, Digital, Fine Art, Stylized, Texture, Concept Art, Film/Entertainment, Vector, e-Learning


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