Sunday, May 19, 2013
my friend Adam's studio. He hosts an art show each year to celebrate the anniversary of the building of the Brooklyn Bridge. This year, he had each artist use some surplus paint, or "chocolate gold,"actually used on the bridge a few years back. Each piece has to be about the Brooklyn Bridge, so I chose to make 2 panels that may have looked like they were once a part of the bridge, with a design etched into each one. The third is a painting of the "sandhogs" who were the immigrant labor force that helped build the bridge. Should be a great show as there is lots of press about it, like here, here and here.
Thursday, May 9, 2013
Everybody stop. Everybody stare.
After many years of submitting work to this publication, I was finally chosen in this years American Illustration annual!!! The jury met in March to select the year's best images from 8,742 pictures submitted by 1,282 illustrators, magazines, agencies, publishers and schools. Only 369 images were selected by a majority vote from this year's distinguished jury Jordan Awan from The New Yorker, Sergio Baradat from the United Nations Postal Administration, Chad E Beckerman from Abrams publishing, Joele Cuyler from Real Simple, Jennifer Daniel from Bloomberg Businessweek, Grace Lee from Priest + Grace agency and Alexandra Zsigmond from The New York Times.
To see what they picked, go here.
Friday, April 12, 2013
A friend bought me a "Fighting Nun" toy a long time ago. I used it so much I broke it, and was about to throw it out when I was curious to see what her head looked like without the habit coverall. Lo and behold, the head turned out to have hair and was the face of Margaret Thatcher! I don't know why. Perhaps the toy company who made the Fighting Nun had a surplus of Thatcher heads and needed to use them somehow? The illos don't do it justice, so I added some photos for reference. RIP
Fighting Maggie I mean Margaret Thatcher!
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
When in Costa Rica, I got a chance to hang out with Mimi, the hotel dog. She's your typical yellow lab, super friendly & not all that bright. She was a great model as she took to siesta time like a true Tico.
Just got back from a one week vacation in Costa Rica. Here are a coupla sketches from that trip, the first is the view from our patio where we were staying in Playa Guiones. There are lots of howler monkeys who were hanging out in nearby trees. I went to see them, and probably invaded their territory. The male of the group was none too pleased to see me. He stopped eating, stared at me, foamed at the mouth then threw his mango at me. YIKES.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Monday, March 4, 2013
I went and saw Bow Wow Wow last night despite the fact that Annabella was not performing. I have to say, though, that the band really kicked butt and I had a good time. Her spirit was there, at least. Lesson to be learned - DON'T rush and buy tickets to a show before you know who is in the lineup.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
This year I actually went to the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and although I did not go to the main event, being there amongst all those dogs was great fun. I had never heard of an Affenpinscher before, but I always root for the lil guys and happy to see him win Best in Show. Since his name is Banana Joe, the Carmen Miranda influence just had to be used in these illos. GOOooooo JOE!
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Here's an oldie but goodie drawing I did for the Lonely Planet travel guide to NY, NJ & PA. This was an aside about Punxsutawney Phil and the original site for Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, PA.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Happy New Year everyone! This is a promo piece that I am going to send out. I initially did this as a straight ink wash, but went nuts with color combos in Photoshop. I've always been fascinated by cephalopods so this only seemed fitting to me. Happy 2013!!
Friday, November 30, 2012
I did a bunch of artwork for a cd cover for Bob Cronin called SANTASTIC 7, which are a load of Christmas mash-up songs. I am happy with the one he chose, as I misread the title at first and thought it was SATANIC 7. He wanted to use It's A Wonderful Life imagery, so I naturally drew Jimmy Stewart as the devil. Then I realized my mistake and did some straight up portraits. Here's a couple of links to his site if you want to check out the playlist! Santastic 7 or The ENTIRE collection
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Lots of eye candy to literally draw from in the movie Skyfall. Daniel Craig is a great Bond, and Javier Bardem is a wonderful villain. Cufflinks never looked so good.