Steve Wacksman
July 2006
I'd like to register a complaint.
This image dedicated to GE and the fine folks at PC Richard.
Firstly, to the hardworking engineers at General Electric: Your portable air conditioning unit is, in fact, NOT " Allowing me to enjoy cool, comfortable air anywhere". What it IS serving up could best be  charitibly described as 'coolish' and is frankly little different than what a 19 dollar window fan would likely provide.

Second, Al Gore: You might have released your expose of global warming in the WINTER, at which point I might have made arrangements to move North before the sun actually landed on NYC, which brings me to-

Third: The Sun. Seriously. Are you kidding? Back off, Buster!
On Portraits/Likenesses
Elliot S! Maggin, at least according to me. Kinda a reversion stylistically, too- I used to dig anime a ton in the early 90's.
I did this piece last week depicting Elliot S! Maggin. the writer of Superman comics for some 15 years or so. I had one recent pic from which to work, and the guy really had no defining trait. He was of average looks and build. Grey hair worn in an indistinct style. It was a real challenge for me to nail his likeness. Not sure I really did, in fact, but how many of you out there know what Elliot S! Maggin really looks like anyhow?
Likenesses and portraits have never made up a huge portion of my assignments and,while I don't mind doing 'em, it doesn't really come naturally.
One From The Archives
I was browsing Ye Olde External Harde Drive for a piece to add to the current show " Your Worst Illustration." Believe me, I had quite a few candidates and it was a humbling experience. The fact that I have anything resembling a career is a testament to the power of human forgiveness. Looking over the left-handed scrawlings that I've infected the pages of America's periodicals with forces me to wonder when the angry throng of torch-and-pitchfork -bearing AD's and designers will arrive at my door demanding my head.
Anyhow, one pleasant surprise unearthed were these li'l charactures I did for the late lamented "Maximum Golf" magazine, Pino Impastato AD. I've always considered likenesses to be one of my lesser powers, but these I kinda like. They're probably somewhere around 5 years old now, so there's some things that look a little dated about them to me, but I believe they're effective in their simplicity.
Pino, like so many of my past clients, went on to work at a rag that hasn't used an illustration ever. Twas fun while it lasted- cheers, Pino!
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