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Struggling to Succeed

Metaphor representing how some people struggle to succeed. Here, a man is on a tricycle with a boulder strapped to his back as he pedals through tar or oil or muck.

© John Ferguson

Man cleaning windows in his own prison

A man is washing the windows of his own prison. A metaphor representing "Make the best of a bad situation"

© John Ferguson

Making America's first female monument

An image of a sculptor working on the first truly monumental statue of a woman in American History. A metaphor.

© John Ferguson

Mountain Skier

A metaphor illustration representing how people don't challenge themselves enough. Here a skier is on a mountain that is too small and too easy for him.

© John Ferguson

Financial Bird Feeder

a metaphor illustration representing people are like birds at a bird feeder when it comes to financial advice from experts.

© John Ferguson

Burning Bridges

Editorial illustration representing the fact that some people continue to burn too many bridges

© John Ferguson

The Art Of War Is Romantic

People still love the idea of war. Editorial illustration represents this with a crew member filling the rocket with confetti

© John Ferguson

Business Hurdles

Editorial illustration representing the many hurdles a start-up company faces.

© John Ferguson

Can We Make Volcanoes Less Deadly?

A bubble blower is airlifted over an active volcano to disspell how deadly volcanoes always seem to be.

© John Ferguson

Breaking Into Hollywood

A man is on top of the Hollywood sign using a jackhammer to break into the fortress of Hollywood, to no avail.

© John Ferguson

Rollover to a New Job, and Don't Forget the Money

A woman is rolling her desk over to a new job and in a banker's box, she has also rolled her money over to that new job.

© John Ferguson

Every Little Bit Helps

A man is on the top of a lighthouse trying to add a little more light

© John Ferguson

Bippity Boppity Get The Hell Out Of There

A woman is hoping beyond hope to remove breast cancer with the wave of wand.

© John Ferguson

Got A Light?

A man is using a matchstick to help him see. If only he would look behind him, he'd see the light switch that turns on many light sources.

© John Ferguson

The Life Of The Party

A man walks around acting like he's the life of the party.

© John Ferguson

A Bad Day Is About To Get Worse

A man is pulling a woman into a life raft; however, the raft is sinking.

© John Ferguson

Be Careful Where You Grow Your Savings

A man is oblivious to where he is expanding his investments. He doesn't see the dangers.

© John Ferguson

Stripped Down At A Cemetary

A 1959 Cadillac Hearse has been stripped at the worst possible time.

© John Ferguson

Lose Something?

A man on stilts has dropped his wallet and now it is impossible to pick it up.

© John Ferguson

A Man With Low Ambitions

A big, burly lumberjack tackles the least amount of work he can find.

© John Ferguson

The Fire Department Is Here

The fire department is putting out a house on water.

© John Ferguson

While No One's Looking

A metaphor for people who exaggerate or lie to make themselves look good.

© John Ferguson

Making Your Own Opportunities

A man is painting stop lights to remove all obstacles before him.

© John Ferguson

Forever An Optimist

A one-legged man is entering an ass-kicking contest.

© John Ferguson

The Tongue Thief

A visual representation of "Cat got your tongue"

© John Ferguson

Leave It At The Door

A metaphor explaning how some people can choose to turn off intellectually whenever they want.

© John Ferguson

Throwing Money At The Problem

A metaphor for throwing money at a problem.

© John Ferguson

Overthinking It

A metaphor to show how some people always overthink things.

© John Ferguson

Inordinate

A metaphor for people going overboard to get what they want.

© John Ferguson

Getting Ahead?

A metaphor for a woman climbing the corporate ladder to advance, only to see the slingshot will fail because it's compromised. Women have a hard time trying to play on a level playing field in business.

© John Ferguson

The American Way

A man is overeating as only an American can do and the dangers are represented by the spaghetti turning into barbed wire.

© John Ferguson

Some Jobs Are Really Dangerous

A conceptual illustration representing just how dangerous some jobs are.

© John Ferguson

Narrow Focus

A metaphor explaning how some people can be so focused on one thing, that many things escape their notice.

© John Ferguson

Blowing Up A Balloon

A whimsical metaphor for blowing up a balloon.

© John Ferguson

Up By Your Bootstraps

A metaphor for people pulling themselves up by the bootstraps to better their lives.

© John Ferguson

Peace At No Cost

A metaphor for a deterrent that countries use to prevent peace from entering their country.

© John Ferguson

Getting Nowhere

A metaphor for getting nowhere fast. The noodle goes in as a whole and leaves as a whole.

© John Ferguson

John Ferguson

Style/Techniques

Conceptual, Design, Digital, Graphic, Line with Color, Stylized, Technical, Concept Art, Vector

Subject/Specialties

Humor, Annual Report, Architecture, Editorial, Health, Historical, Icons, People, Political, Posters, Science, Sports, Transportation, Web Illustration, Lifestyle, Edgy, Financial, Branding