Archive for the 'Process' Category

New Year’s Day Reprieve

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Bertrand Russell

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1/1/11 gave me the chance to do two things I had far too few opportunities to take advantage of in 2010.

1. We had company over.

2. I drew for recreational interest only (and without deadline) for the length of the late afternoon and evening. In this instance, an as-yet-finished drawing of a very elderly Bertrand Russell. Hopefully, there will be more opportunities for this kind of thing in the next 363 days.

No More Economic False Choices

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Above is an illustration I did accompanying an Op/Ed article in the New York Times that ran a day before the election. The article is written by two economic specialists with vastly different world views finding some common ground in what they propose many of the government’s economic policies should be going forward with whomever (at the time) turned out to be the victor of the election. My process of late has been more labored and precious than I’d like it to be, so it was extremely cool of Leanne Shapton, the page’s art director, to give me the room to play faster and looser than I typically do.

Ecstatic as I was when Obama locked the job down, any one man who actively seeks to assume responsibility for our current economy as well as our two wars has to be a little bit sick in the head. Godspeed, Mr. President-Elect.

Gray Lady Urologists

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This one required a delicate conversation. The Times’ Science section ran this article a few days ago observing how the field of urology, long dominated by men, has been gaining a more substantial amount of female doctors in recent years. This can make for a somewhat uncomfortable doctor-patient relationship with regards to women touching men’s private parts in a doctor’s office.

Therese Schecter, the art director on this piece, was already close to giggling when she called me to take a crack at it the previous week. It was important to her that it strike just such a balance of humor without heading into pee joke territory or something more substantially gory.

While a stethescope-as-zipper-fly and the modern man’s need for Viagara (pictured below) were considered noble attempts by the brass, nothing quite sold the tragicomic dread of the doctor’s office as the snap of those rubber gloves being befitted by a woman’s hands. Working on this yielded many chortles and cackles, but only because I have been spared the urologist’s waiting room as of late.

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Manna From Dolly

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This is a piece I recently completed for the DollyPop exhibit at the World of Wonder Storefront Gallery in LA. It’s a group show celebrating the mercurial Ms. Parton as a performer, philanthropist, survivor and unlikely champion of the Great American Experiment. My original idea to celebrate her philanthropy was swiftly derailed on the subway one evening when my future wife Jill suggested this knockout idea of having her hair serve as manna from heaven to the poor and disenfranchised children that she’s helped over the years.

My friends (and fellow Mammals) Ben Marra, Devin Clark and Tom Forget all have pieces in the show as well, which puts me in some fine, fine company. Details of Manna from Dolly are below:

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Olympian Bear Attacks TIME Magazine

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The above is a recently completed illustration for the Asian branch of Time Magazine in Hong Kong. The article that the image pertains to addresses speculation and uncertainty of how China’s economy will perform in the wake of the upcoming summer Olympics. Upon giving me the assignment, deputy art director Nilanjan Das suggested that a bear might make a good representation of a brutish economy. As it happens, I have a love of bears born primarily out of wonderment and fear. This wonderment and fear should not be confused with the mania personified by Timothy Treadwell in Herzog’s Grizzly Man documentary. I’m not like that. I like to observe bears but I wouldn’t want to live with one. Regardless, for the purposes of this project, our course was set.

The assignment happened to come to me right before taking off for a decidedly lost weekend with my brother, so working quickly was of the essence. The final sketch was approved Friday afternoon and the final illustration was delivered the following Monday evening with my brother’s and my fantastic voyage sandwiched in between. It was quite a ride.

The article can be read here, and the quick-as-nobody’s-business sketches that Nilanjan and his editors graciously entertained before landing on our final are included below:

1. Loose Change – Notice the lack of bear.
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2. Bear Tunnel – The Olympic torch lights the way into the bleak void that is a bear’s salivating jaws.

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3. Bear as Socio-economic Superfreak.
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4. Bear vs. Olympian in a heated battle for the governance of China!
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Huge Gold AK-47

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What began as fun on a xerox machine after work this past Friday became a full-blown preoccupation on Sunday. I work at a record company so on some days, I worry about my job security. Machine guns can work just about anywhere so lucky for them, they have no such concerns.

Tangentially on the criss-crossing subjects of music and machine guns, the title of this post, ‘Huge Gold AK-47′ was first a song title on the the Blood Brothers’ Young Machetes album, which expertly showcases the band’s finest examples of their particular brand of damaged and fearless and fuck-all rock and roll. Highly recommended.

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