Joe Ciardiello
Recent Book Project
I recently did a series of portraits for a book published in the UK called "On the Snap" by Brian Case. Case is a British novelist, journalist and raconteur. The book is a collection of conversations he's had over the years with personanlities from the world of jazz, film and crime fiction.
Brian Case is shown here on the left. Below are most of the other drawings from the book.
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Tom Waits

Jimmy Smith

James Ellroy

Norman Mailer

Sam Fuller

Art Blakey


A Pair of Recent Covers
Julian Assange for the NY Observer, AD Lauren Draper

H.L. Mencken for Humanities Magazine, AD Maria Biernik

Somewhat Recent Stuff
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Sergio Leone's "A Fistful of Dollars", I wrote a short piece for the LA Times. The film was based on Kurosawa's "Yojimbo".

A full page illustration for ROAD & TRACK for an article "Les Good Ol' Boys" about NASCAR trying to expand into Europe.

Portrait of Stephen King for the Wall Street Journal

Full page for Major League Baseball called "Hooks, Liners and Sinkers", depicts Minnesota Twins All-Star pitcher Glen Perkins and his idol Kent Hrbek discussing fishing and other things. I was asked to shave a few pounds (and years) off Hrbek.

"52 Reasons To Love A Veteran" is a project created by designer and friend Ella Rue to raise awareness of the lack of health care resources for returning vets. A group of illustrators, including some fellow drawgers, were each asked to create a playing card that will become part of a traveling exhibit and a set of prints.

Patrick Flynn asked if this piece I originally did for my Spaghetti Journal blog could be used in The Baffler. The article that this piece illustrates is by the copywriter of the iconic 1971 Earth Day PSA with "the crying Indian".

Willie, just for the hell of it.

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