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Joe Ciardiello
The Devil's Sinkhole
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A year or so ago I was contacted by The University of Texas Press to illustrate the 2nd book in a trilogy by writer Bill Wittliff. It was a difficult assignment for me to accept considering that the 1st book in the series (The Devil's Backbone) was beautifully illustrated by the late, great Jack Unruh. Needless to say, it was a daunting prospect to follow in his footsteps. However, after much consideration (and with generous support from Jack), I decided to jump into the Sinkhole.
The novel is set in Central Texas in the 1880's. It's a tale that combines a kind of Mark Twain quality with magic realism. I did a total of 21 drawings, here are some.











Brief Lives
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Last year I had the pleasure of illustrating a book for The Folio Society, 'John Aubrey's Brief Lives'.
The book compiles over 400 brief, witty and gossipy biographies of 16th and 17th century British thinkers, scientists, noblemen and statesmen. I created 13 b/w illustrations of varying sizes plus 4 full pg. color plates. Many thanks to AD Sheri Gee.
Below are some of the illustrations. More on the book can be found here http://www.foliosociety.com/book/AUB/brief-lives
Back & front cover











Hamilton King
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I'm thrilled to be receiving the Hamilton King Award tomorrow night at the Society of Illustrators Book & Editorial opening. It's a great honor and I'm both humbled and proud to join the roster of previous recipients.
Apologies for reposting these images. They are from a series of portraits of writers, musicians and actors for a book called "On the Snap" by Brian Case published in the UK.
Norman Mailer

Tom Waits

Art Blakey

Recent Book Project
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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.
More info at: caughtbytheriver.net
Tom Waits

Jimmy Smith

James Ellroy

Norman Mailer

Sam Fuller

Art Blakey

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