Everyone always asks me "Hey, when you going back to Hawaii?"
"Don't you own some sugar plantation there?". Well yes, sorta, but
sugar futures are down right now and I had to lay off the help. The
vanilla crop I planted was eaten by slugs. My pigs escaped up into the
volcanic hills when I was away and are long gone. My dog won't fetch.
Then an e.mail from Soojin changed all that. "Boats going to islands."
was the call. So thanks for the vacation Soojin, even if it's an imagined
I just wrapped up this assignment from Exhibitor Magazine.
The assignment was a bit different from my usual ones in
that the client wanted me to come up with typographic word
plays or rebus's to add interest to a set of multiple choice quiz
questions. Some are more clever than others, all in all it was
a fun assignment to work on. Thanks Heidi! Thanks Illoz.
This is my Illustration for SooJin @ Plan Sponsor Magazine. I had two stories
to pick from (small items) One was for trying to be a custodian of a minor dependent
/ recipient of an IRA. The employee seemed to miss the idea that they would not
be around to be the custodian if the minor did receive their IRA. This image follows
up on the look I did for my letterpress art for the Cranky Pressman. Here I added
texture to mimic the effect of the letterpress printing process.
sketches. (squirrel sketch is for another story on the page that was not chosen)
I just recieved printed samples for a promotion I did for the letterpress printer Cranky Pressman, based in Ohio. It's the first time I ever had something printed in letterpress. My old art school pal Jamie Berger and I came up with idea for this image as part of the general theme: "It's a cranky world". Jamie had some images of old letterpress presses he wanted to use and I came up with the idea of the Cranky Pressman at home in his garden, perhaps not so cranky after all. Preparing the art was a bit different than traditional cmyk digital art. Basically it's a three color process and attention had to be made to which color would be impressed into the stock. Jamie suggested the printing techinque for the mottled look of the solid color.
If you are an art director and would like me to mail you a copy of the 8x10 inch card, drop me a line with your information and I'll send one out to you. (sorry art directors only please!) E.mail me here.
Just did this Op Ed piece for Sunday's LA times about Sloopholes in the tax code which allows luxury items like yachts not to be taxed. A fight has broken out over this tax even though it would not begin to be enough revenue to cover all of California's Tax woes. The story states that Californians can't decide if they want to be Sweden or Mississippi. (high benefits vs low taxes)
When Brodner asked me to contribute by to the Show Artists Against the War, I thought I’d have an easy time coming up with an appropriate image. Instead I found the process a bit daunting. It’s such an open-ended subject. On one hand I did not want to come off being flip and on the other I did not want to create something knee-jerk either. I had to find the right balance of flippy-knee-jerky-ness-smug-profoundousity.
Thinking about this war and what it meant to me was an interesting process. I came to the realization that I did not think much about the war and that was part of the problem. I thought I should refresh my memory on how we got into this mess.
OK. 9-11: blame Osama Bin Laden and bomb Afghanistan to dust. check. Made some sense. Missed the Osama part though.
OK. Sadam has WMD’s and harbors al qaeda.. Got Sadam, No WMD’s … no real al qaeda, until later… check. (boner!)
OK. Quagmire. In a mess and to not look stupid we get into a bigger mess. blah blah...Democracy! Oil!... add your option here...
“Fight them there so we don’t fight them here.” BS. What happened to home field advantage?
I don’t think too many people think about this war on a daily basis. I would walk the streets of New York and see young people buying I-pods and sneakers without a care in the world. Clearly this is not the WW2 war effort at home. I see no victory garden’s, No posters saying “loose lips sink ships.” No conversion of factories to the war effort. No rationing. The biggest thing of all: No Draft. Guess that would be a deal ender.
I suppose some would argue, we fight the war so we can buy I-pods and walk around wasting oil, that's the American way. yeah, ok...
I called my piece: “The struggle at home”
Vote. There has to be a better way to do things.
Come to the opening on Jan. 9th at The Society of Illustrators.
I like doing sketches for jobs. These were for an overnighter for an op-ed piece about Home Depot's expansion (and big box) plans and how community boards are having more of a say on these stores opening or not in their areas. Home Depot actually pays people to wear orange t-shirts and to pack meetings to sway opinions.
I'd heard the term "fantasy football" before, but I did not know what it was until I did this opinion piece which felt it was ruing football. It's creepy, instead of fans rooting for teams they make their own teams up from various leagues The team ethic is lost. I came up with this Frankenstein image.
I did this quick postcard for this anual bike benefit night coming up next monday at Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg. Funds go to The morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, The MS Society, and Champion Systems / Kraft Genie Cycling. All the beer, food, music and roller racing you can take. Cool prizes like free bikes will be raffled off. (free ticket with entry). I'll be there, hope to see you too.
Brooklyn Brewery 7 to 10 Pm Monday May 14th 79 North 11th Street Brooklyn NY 11211
Should we make the guy on the desk float? Nope, leave him as he is.
I just did this illustration for the LA Times. It’s a fun story about a guy renting a sleazy office in Hollywood. You can read the story here. Featured in the story is Roscoe’s house of Chicken N Waffles, a landmark I guess of LA. I feel this is somehow related to Steve Waxman’s post about chicken getting thrown at him. Anyway it was an over-nighter and I enjoyed the subject matter for this story. My sketches were loose even by my standards. Anyway, big thanks to Illoz.com for the hookup!
The call came in about 11am on Tuesday morning from Time Magazine's AD D.W. Pine.... "Hi Dave, Edel Rodriquez gave me your name and thought you might be right for this project." Can you do it? The Deadline is tomorrow about 2pm. I need 31 emoticons icons for a story about New Emoticons for 2007. Emoticons are little icons that are included in msn mail and other e.mail applications. "Uh, sure I said! " Long story short, got my sketches done, approved with some small adjustments, "need an older Saddam, bigger hair on Kim Jong Il"....
Anyway, I had the finals into D.W. early the next morning. No changes at all required by Time. Dream scenario! Thanks Edel, Thanks D.W.! I've included some of the clever writing that makes the emoticons make sense for some of the icons. Buy today's Time Magazine to see the rest of the copy written by Teddy Wayne and Mike Sacks.
Happy new year to all you Drawgers and Non-Drawgers alike! Hope it is a good year for you all! Here is a little animation I did for you. You'll need a flash plug in to view it most likely. N-Joy. (I'm running for a flight, I've noticed a few bugs I have to work out!)
Illustration about how the U.S. does not help the small entrepreneur when it comes to foreign trade.
I tried the Edel and Staake thing last night, working at 3 am. It was kind of fun for a change. Just could not sleep so I thought, why not get some work done? (i've replaced the art with another sketch until this work is publsihed)
Here is an series of sketches and final art for a subject called Vision Tracking. Seems there are companies who specialize in finding out were eyes go when they visit a web site. How? I'm not sure. They also suggest people avoid some common web design mistakes. Things like: Too much information, not putting info below the visible scroll zone, ect.
Here are a few sketches I did for a job I'm currently working on. I can't say too much about this job right now as it's on-going at this time. I always do pencil sketches before going to computer. The exception being when a work is so geometric that a computer tool would be the preferred manner of working.
This idea is for a story for Ebay users who "branch out" (get it?), well at least I thought it is good to add plants to computers whenever possible. Not chosen.
OK, here are some sketches for an editorial illustration. The challenge of showing a computer is always a daunting one. If I had a dollar for every monitor I ever drew I could buy Tippy Hendren's estate in Iowa. But I feel ok with this one.
Well the idea of adding another web page and thus more scope became glasses. Glasses to spy more customers.
I like to watch reality TV and do some drawings. Here is one from the show Project Runway. Here's Santino. I flip between Project Runway and Dog the Bounty Hunter.
randy and simon
Ok, these were quick. I like to video tape shows and freeze images to get the details. I think it's easier to draw from live footage than a photo. Randy looks like a trekie and Simon I think is reptilian in nature.