Drawing Heroes Tall

Never has Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared taller than in Prof. Johanna Goodman’s view of him. The elongation – a common theme in Goodman’s illustrations – is particularly fitting. It would have been impossible to consider on-campus classes this fall without the mRNA vaccine technology (pioneered by Dr. Katalin Karikó) that Dr. Fauci championed starting 20 years ago.

“My Hero • Dr. Anthony Fauci” Johanna Goodman

Dr. Fauci (who, in real life, is 5 feet, 8 inches tall) did that at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also pioneered the research that turned AIDS from death sentence to a chronic, controllable disease.

The  image appeared on a full-page of Public Eye magazine‘s first issue, devoted to heroes. It’s a publication created by illustrators David Cowles and Josh Gosfield.

Prof. Goodman says this of her illustration subject: “Physician-scientist and immunologist, advisor to every president since Ronald Reagan, superhero, Dr. Fauci lived through the challenge of serving in the Trump administration’s Coronavirus Task Force. After serving the American public for over 50 years, he’s continuing the fight against coronavirus and hopefully leading us to our salvation.”

Emory University Magazine, by Johanna Goodman

Another Prof. Goodman illustration on a COVID theme (she’s done many) is for the article, “Vaccination Exploration: How Emory got involved in developing and testing vaccines, from working on HIV-AIDS efforts decades ago to participating in phase 3 COVID-19 trials today.” in last winter’s issue of Emory University magazine. The article details how Emory was one of the first sites to enroll participants in the nation’s inaugural COVID vaccine trial in March, 2020.

A personal piece (below) created at the beginning of the pandemic, Plate No. 395, was later published by the Italian style magazine D la Repubblica. “It was before we went into lockdown, when I was feeling very nervous walking the city streets,” says Prof. Goodman.

The work accompanied a story about how the Italian beauty industry was responding to the crisis with new inventions to “let us experience our sexy side even at a distance and with a mask.”

Plate No. 395, by Johanna Goodman. Published in D la Repubblica Magazine, Italy

Another example of her work is one of Salvatore Ferragamo’s latest projects, which explores “Love’s Many Mediums.”

To fill the void left behind by a year without much travel or connection to speak of, Ferragamo used Valentine’s Day, 2021 as an excuse for celebration. Prof. Goodman’s illustration is for a Florentine luxury label release that week, the “Patchwork of Love” project. It was the second chapter in Ferragamo’s latest series of holiday-focused artistic collaborations.

From “Patchwork of Love” project, by Johanna Goodman

Prof. Goodman has garnered awards from The Society of Publication Design, American Illustration, and Communication Arts. Her clients include the NYC public transit system, Museum of Natural History, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Time, Rolling Stone, Le Monde, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New Yorker, New York magazine, and many others.

Courses Prof. Goodman has taught include: Illustration Process I and Illustration Process II.

To view more of Johanna Goodman’s work, visit her website: JohannaGoodman.com and follow her on Twitter: @johannawomann, and IG: @johannagoodman.

To learn more about the School of Art and Design Illustration program go to Illustration at FIT.

Images used with permission.

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