A.Richard Allen
September 2010
September (slight return)
Here's a post I put up then pulled down because the AD told me to hold-off. Not sure that the AD in question visits this site but I thought it only good manners to ask him and to respond to his wishes (Apologies to all who commented on the original).
Away from editorial stuff, I've been chipping away at a picture book, preparing myself for some teaching assignments and enrolling on a film directing and editing course. Kind though editorial has been to me this past decade, am looking at alternatives to eke out my creative career for another thirty years.
An interesting article by Judith Shulevitz at The New Republic on how children nowadays aren't allowed to have any spontaneous, unsupervised, instructively-risky play with their peers. Art directed by Joe Heroun

A few roughs- some more conceptual with kids in hamster play balls, others more literal. Since the author's talking about kids in the Upper West Side of Manhattan the street scene was deemed most appropriate. Although I'm sure the Upper West Side doesn't have too many multi-million dollar Brownstones cheek-by-jowl with neglected public basketball courts. We'll call it artistic licence.

For the Financial Times Weekend Magazine's restaurant column. This one's about Michelin-starred celebrity chefs rarely being present in their own establishments (here's Joël Robuchon- or his likeness- at his Tokyo eaterie). Art Director, Paul Tansley referenced an illustration I did several years ago for the WSJ Europe which I rather liked although it never generated much similar work HERE'S a link to it...

And here's another about the Cafe de Paris in Monaco. The author, Paul Betts, mentions Somerset Maugham's description of the principality being 'a sunny place for shady people'.

roughs for the Robuchon piece. Yes, that's Captain Haddock bottom left (Robuchon's restaurant in Tokyo is in a building that's a replica of Château de Cheverny, the inspiration for Tintin's Moulinsart or Marlinspike Hall)

...and this one's about the Le Café de Paris in Monte-Carlo. One can dine in its celebrated wine cellar which the writer likens to Ali Baba's cave. The AD, Mark Leeds, felt this reference was too obscure and so instead I went for gold ingot tables and Krugerrand trays.

This one's for Vokrugsveta- a Russian publisher- in my Quentin Blake's understudy (ahem) style. It's for a children's guide to cooking Christmas biscuits. AD-ed by Petr Huzangai. My Cyrillic hand-lettering has come on leaps and bounds

For Gavin Robinson at Organic Gardening. An article on US organic winegrowers latching onto the idea of terroir in viticulture

Roughs for the above. My wife commented on seeing these, 'you're quite good at drawing, aren't you?', which possibly says something about the standard of roughs I usually present.

For Chiara Restucci at NPN, one of my regulars. A well-worn concept but I dig the rendering

the ruff

August 2010
Ah! my proud beauties! How goes it? Bejaysus, it's September already. Here's August's batch. The first's for my old mucker, John Belknap at the Jewish Chronicle, filling in for their Comment artist Andrzej Krauze (see some of his work here and read more about him here). Also some stuff for St SooJin at PLANSPONSOR and ai5000, a bunch for Mason Hastie at Calgary's 'Avenue' magazine, one for Kyle Schettler at Organic Gardening and a selection for the ever-lovely Beth Rosenfeld at Kiplingers, plus my first assignment for the Washington Post (thanks to Diamond James and Michelle Chu). Apologies for splurging so many images at once. I'll understand if scrolling down gets tiring and you give up.
the Anglicization of European Jewish immigrants' names (Jewish Chronicle). This one's easy on the texture since it appears on newsprint

PLANSPONSOR- pension funds being titchier than expected

SooJin proved resistant to my efforts to influence her decision. I tried to push her towards an image of someone retrieving miniature laundry from a tumble drier. Btw, that minscule caption says 'pick me'. At this size it looks like an obscene exhortation.

Again for SooJin, here with online magazine ai5000 (HERE'S how it looks on page)

For AD Mason Hastie for a feature on Calgary's affordable housing crisis. Apparently those Calgarians (sounds v Babylon 5) think of nothing but...

Spots (3 of the five used) for the same article- urban sprawl, class divisions and NIMBY-ism)

Organic Gardening- organic maintenance of US college football pitches

The first of four for Kiplingers Magazine. In common with all of the above assignments this was ADed with an expert lightness of touch.

Kiplingers roughs

For the Washington Journal (AD-ed by Michelle Chu and Diamond James). A piece on whether pricey wines are necessarily better than their dirt-cheap counterparts (the answer- 'sorta'). The image appeared across a double page with the gutter falling to the right of teh right hand bottle neck.

The delivery of this one wasn't _quite_ so straight forward as some of the others posted above but the directions given were all intelligent, considered and, on reflection necessary.

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