Interior page spread from The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler, Abrams Books for Young Readers/Amulet, 2018. Printed in three color pantone separations.
Interweaving handwritten text and art in his signature style, John Hendrix tells the fascinating story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his fight against the oppression of the German people during World War II. Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian who was shocked to watch the German church embrace Hitler’s agenda of hatred. He spoke out against the Nazi party and led a breakaway church that rebelled against racist and nationalist beliefs of the Third Reich. Struggling with how his faith interacted with his ethics, Bonhoeffer eventually became convinced that Hitler and the Nazi Party needed to be stopped—and he was willing to sacrifice anything and everything to do so.
If you would like to learn more about my research process for this book, check out this page about my trip to Germany in March of 2016 to follow the footsteps of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
A spread for Christianity Today, about translations of the Bible. This is a visual translation of the first passage from the Gospel of John.
Ronan Boyle is a high-adventure fantasy tale is set in a magical world of law-breaking leprechauns and deadly monsters. Lennon delved into his Irish ancestry as a basis for the story, introducing 14-year-old Ronan, the youngest and lowliest recruit to the Garda Special Unit of Tir Na Nog, the Irish police force that handles the crimes of leprechauns and other wee folk. Ronan’s parents are in jail, but he’s convinced that they were framed by the wee people. Despite his small size, poor eyesight, and social awkwardness, Ronan is determined to learn all he can while in the garda in order to prove his parents’ innocence. To show he’s got what it takes, he’ll have to confront a fiery leprechaun, a sinister harpy, and a world full of nefarious creatures of Irish mythology hidden in plain sight.
Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2019, Chad Beckerman, Art Director.
A cover for Asset International about the vicious cut throat battle in financial services for new clients. Art Director: SooJin Buzelli
Cover for Sneak Theif, a life-affirming tale of a Southern girl lost—and found—and how she learns that sometimes pain serves an important purpose, letting one know that something has to change.Maria Middleton, Art Director. Penguin Random House.
Once seen as a rare event, earthquakes are now becoming the new normal for Oklahoma state residents with the advent of pervasive oil fracking. For Alcalde Magazine, University of Texas. Art Director Kate Collins.
Are the titans of Wall Street really in control of the powerful financial tools under their feet? For art director SooJin Buzelli, Asset International.
Freakishly intelligent and socially awkward, Nikola has given up on living in harmony with classmates and teachers who reject her unusual hobbies and general refusal to get along. When Nikola’s life is axially inverted by mysterious aliens who abduct her father and attempt to recruit her into their service, she discovers her father has concealed the existence of an entire hidden world from her. Now she must take refuge at a school for humanoid aliens where she discovers that there are other people in the world who understand what it’s like to be her, and that she has certain abilities no one understands. Art Director, Cecilia Yung. Penguin Random House.
The story of Star Wars: A New Hope, told in icons, from the top left to the bottom right. For a show at Gallery Nucleus.
A sketchbook is an essential tool for the growth of any aspiring artist, but its blank pages can be daunting to even the most motivated. Obsessed with perfection, many wind up treating their sketchbooks more like portfolios than playgrounds. In Drawing Is Magic, author John Hendrix teaches aspiring and advanced artists to find their unique visual voices and become creative daredevils. Through his freeing, offbeat exercises, drawers learn a sophisticated philosophy of creative thinking—in a way that is totally accessible and fun.
Illustration for the story/poem, Casey at the Bat, as illustrated for the National Pastime Museum.
Newsweek cover image, the plan for protecting the worlds seeds in the event of a global disaster. Priest + Grace, Art Direction.
Cover for Nautilus Magazine, A group of researches discover the Icelandic viking, King Kvedulf, whose DNA is connected to a massive amount of the population of Iceland. Len Small, Art Director.
Illustrated chart for the relative scale of life in the universe. Nautilus Magazine, Len Small, Art Director.
The history of the autopsy and it’s impact on medicine. Cover image for The Journal of Norwegian Medial Association. Art Director, Emma Dalby.
A retelling of the story of Jesus. This book freshly reinterprets some of the oldest and best-known stories in human history and focuses on some of the many miracles that Jesus performed before his crucifixion. Jesus’s miracles are endless. From the large harvest of fish to washing the unclean, healing the sick, feeding the poor, and walking on water, Jesus performs feats that draw in believers that he is the Son of God. Unfortunately it also attracts the attention of nonbelievers, who saddle him with the cross he must bear. After all of his miraculous acts, the book closes with a final wonder for all to see—one that changes faith and religion as the world knows it, forever.
Visual reportage for The New York Times, see it online here. Art direction, Corinne Miller.
Will robots ever have complex emotional responses? Nautilus Magazine, Len Small, Art Director.
A spread for a visual retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Disney/Hyperion. Rotem Moscovich, JoAnn Hill, Art Direction.
A memorable scene from Harry Potter, book three.
Where do viruses live on the internet? Did you know the web and the internet are different? A piece for Scientific American. Art Director, Michael Mrak.
A series of drawings in my sketchbook done on Sunday mornings during the sermon while I'm sitting in the pews at church. I color them when I get home on Sunday nights. An improved visual musing on theology, metaphor and faith.