Beer for Data

Illustrations about wartime Afghanistan for Pacific Standard done in a storyboard style, with pen and ink and digital color.
The Villa with Satelite dishes
The Villa with Satelite dishes

Pacific Standard Magazine. Art Director Craig Edwards I imagined how Jalalabad looked during the war based on the descriptions in the article, and through lots of research on Google images.

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The Taj
The Taj

Inside the tiki bar in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, an operative simply put up a sign that read, Beer for Data. He collected over 4 terrabytes of data for the CIA. I imagined this scene based on the written descrition. The author called me after to say this looked exactly like "The Taj" during the war.

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This is a Burner bar
This is a Burner bar

"He reached into his pocket and pulled out a Burner medallion."

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Leaving Jalalabad
Leaving Jalalabad

"We were in an old Toyota Camry, without body armor, travelling into the mountains of Afghanistan."

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Methane generator
Methane generator
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Burning Quoran's at Bagram AFB
Burning Quoran's at Bagram AFB

This burning event set off a big chain oof events that were not good.

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Stryke Force shoulder patch
Stryke Force shoulder patch

This was a detail in the story that I had to research on the Google.

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The Temple burns
The Temple burns

"He said goodbye to his friends that died in the war."

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