Steve Wacksman
Wacksman on Allen
Not like that fercrissakes.
I was recently awarded the opportunity to interview one of my all-time favorite artists for the current issue of 3x3 magazine: Mr A Richard Allen. I set about my task in my typical fashion- procrastinating until the pressure became just one hair above unbearable, then hastily scrawling something overly poetic, obtuse and self-referential. Finally I managed to pin down the elusive Mr Allen at his seaside manse and grill him relentlessly until he reluctantly coughed up a few vague details about his life and times. I took these few gems, polished them up and actually managed to - hold for self-congratulatory testimonial- craft a fairly accurate and interesting article.
This from the 3x3 website:
  3x3 is the first magazine devoted entirely to the art of contemporary illustration and the only one published in the United States. Twice a year we take an in-depth look at art and environment of three illustrators. We explore their influences. How they work with clients. How they got their first big break. Each article is written by a fellow illustrator who knows exactly what our audience wants to hear. From the U.S. to Europe, Asia, or wherever, we’ll stay tuned to what’s going on the world of illustration.
Whether or not I "know exactly what our audience wants to hear" is your call, but know this: the current issue of 3x3 also includes articles about Drawger's own Alessandro Gottardo aka Shout and collage artist Stephanie Wunderlich. WIth a cast like that it's a 'can't miss'.
Above image of the cover by Shout and is naturally copyrighted. I stiole it off the web. You're not supposed to do that.
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