Society of Illustrators Annual

March 8, 2012

The opening on Friday at the Society of Illustrators was wonderful. It was really great to accept the award and Dustin, who is new to the whole “hiring illustrators” thing, really enjoyed the experience. Kudos to him, again, and one last expression of gratitude to the Society and judges involved in the process.

Also, a new image!

“Lords at Odds”

NEW YORK MTA POSTER!

February 29, 2012

Hey! This project won’t be out in public for a few months, but I received copies and couldn’t help but share.

Last summer I received an exciting phone call from the MTA Arts For Transit program here in NYC to produce one of their yearly commemorative subway posters. Technically this is an advertisement for the MTA, but it really serves as a way to put more art on the walls of the subway stations.

Since living here for over four years now I’ve come to love New York. As my fondness grew, I began to dwell on the idea of  contributing back to the city with my own art– to be a part of the landscape in some way. In many ways this city has really made my career, so to be able to showcase one of my paintings all over the five boroughs is exciting and very humbling.

The wonderful part about this assignment was how open-ended the parameters were. Really, I was simply asked to pay homage to the mass transit system (“in any way, big or small, that you want”) and to set the image in New York– otherwise, anything goes. When it came to such a task, my thought process was pretty direct; since I would rather draw trees than buildings, Central Park was the first and only choice on my list of locations.

Being an out-of-towner, the subway system fascinates me– it’s much more than a way to get around. By its very nature, crowding into a subway station or rail car with other strangers brings people together from all walks of life, but, more so, the trains can deliver us to new places and provide exciting experiences. In a symbolic way, this is the concept I wanted to bring forth in the image.

Ultimately the image that was decided on is a romantic version of bringing people together. We see two hopeless romantics floating near the famous Bow Bridge, smitten in love. In the background, as if to say “this is how we got here…”, are two curiously similar people by the station entrance. The original idea was much more surreal, but in the end this was how it was represented.

Some of the process:

Besides the main narrative I wanted to tip my hat to some of the local things about New York I have come to love and respect since moving here.  Spotted throughout the picture are fun little details that you may recognize:

On the radio: WNYC 93.9. Shout out to Leonard Lopate and Brian Lehrer.

Two New York icons on the bridge: Jay-Z chilling and Babe Ruth calling his shot.

Off in the distance: Man on Wire.

Subway station entrance: FDNY Engine 54, commonly considered the very first responders on 9/11.

Off in the clouds on the Dakota’s facade: John Lennon’s ghost!

Making a picture with such a vast landscape was a major challenge for me, but challenges are good! It was definitely a situation that was easy to draw in a sketch, but when making the final becomes “…now how am I going to make that?!” I should definitely say thank you to the art directors for trusting me.

The color translated well from computer to print and wow are these things big. I am more than excited to see the poster hanging in the city– the thought of it actually gives me some anxiety. I make art that I want people to look at; I want it to be published and out in the world. However, something about this project, being so large and so visible, really feels like I am fully exposing myself in a way that I am not used to. It’s exciting and nerve-racking at the same time.


Look for it around the city in the Spring!

A SINGLE SHOT

February 26, 2012

I love working with stories like this. It’s usually a great opportunity to incorporate symbolism within the actual narrative- something I find challenging and rewarding.

A small BW image for the LA Times about a chilling story of murder in the quiet Los Angeles town of Silver Lake.

“…but there was something incongruous here. With its ultratrendy cafés and boutiques and funky, modernist architecture, Silver Lake is a haven for the artsy and the successful, many of whom dislike the moniker frequently attributed to them, hipsters. Homicides are rare — only six in Silver Lake since 2007. Residents are proud of their civic activism.”

Story here:

http://www.laweekly.com/photoGallery/index/1614085/0/

EXCEEDING EXPECTATIONS

February 21, 2012

A new image from a pile of things I made a few months back. This never ran and I would love to find a publication to print it…

When “the sky’s the limit” isn’t good enough. Decided to Use the statue as a stand in for leadership.

Islam’s Inquisitors

February 14, 2012

Islam’s Inquisitors

Here is my solution to a review article about the book, “Silenced: How Apostasy and Blasphemy Codes are Choking Freedom Worldwide”. Holy-long-winded! The book title pretty much sums up the image-  blasphemy laws and how they work against religious liberty, as oppose to preserving it. The book includes all religions, however the emphasis is placed heavily on the Muslim faith; it was suggested to me to focus on that.

Sometimes I find the religious articles very challenging, but this one came together rather quick.  So many key words to exploit: Silence! Religion! Choking! Freedom! OH MY!!

Thanks for reading!

Young Lords

February 7, 2012

Book of Portraits

February 3, 2012

The below images will be published later this year in a book collecting illustrated portraits. Not sure if the book will be available in the states or not- the publisher is based in Germany. Überraschung!

CHARACTERS

February 1, 2012

It’s not much, but something is better than nothing.

A couple of fellas from one job that will find there way into a new one .

Society of Illustrators Update/Silver Medal

January 24, 2012

I am very proud that the three pieces shown below will be on display as part of the Editorial and Book Show next month at the Society of Illustrators. It’s my first opportunity to display some larger art work that has been mounted to wood and varnished with an oil based medium. I look forward to some feedback…

Also, I am extremely excited that this year I have been awarded a silver medal for the “Greenland” poster I worked on with The Bridge Theatre Company. Winning the medal means a lot to me; it’s incredibly humbling and something I will always be grateful for. The two images below will appear in the Advertising/institutional show.

Thank you to SI and all of the judges!

Editorial and book opening: February 3
Institutional and advertising: March 2

See everyone there!

Still life

January 9, 2012

I tend to see my personal work as dark and mysterious and despite their simpleness, these two are no different. The idea of drawing a scorpion and a dragonfly had been on my mind for awhile, but the right idea wasn’t clicking. Somehow when I saw this J.C Leyendecker image a few weeks back the concept of two extremely quiet still lifes came to mind. I think you can sense the compositional and color inspiration.

The Scorpion was motivated by the idea combining innocence and violence.

The Dragonfly is in honor of the upcoming chinese new year, the year of the dragon. It is actually the year of the water dragon, which makes this all the more relevant


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