Linzie helped me patch a big gaping hole in my cildhood memory with one of her kidsbook postings. Thanks again Linzie, this one is for You.
I found this cookbook on a shelf in a dusty old factory. The Esquire cook book for man was published in 1955 by McGraw Hill. The book is illustrated by Bill Charmatz. He did a couple of 4 color partition pages and a ton of 2 color illustrations that alternate the spot color as the print form changes. Bill's illustrations have a great mix between humor and graphical whim that keep me entertained up to this day. Bill Charmatz died last year at the age of 80 years. He graced the magazine and book world with his illustrations for a half a century. The Society of Illustrators is hosting a memorial show in his honor this December in New York City.
The hardcover book has roughly 300 pages, that are designed with great typographical care using classical type faces like Futura, Bodoni and Garamond. The Art Director did a great job designing the book by giving the roughly 80 Charmatz illustrations plenty of space to breath. Some of the recipies list the restaurant where the dish was served. Finding the book with some notes and clippings from the previous owner adds a personal value to this treasure.
I don't like seasonal decorations. I always think of it as a bourgeois thing to do. This year I realized that the art shows in which the curator sends a wooden box, plastic cow, polyester frog etc. and one is encouraged to artwork it then return it for a a show at the mall or at a swank embassy is similar to carving a pumpkin or decorating an easter eggs. Carving a pumpkin has become a substitution for a rutabaga lantern carving tradition I used to do as a kid in Switzerland. Halloween replaced the Zurich artist carnival that originated in the Dada years. Cooking a turkey is just another day in the kitchen while family and friends are coming over. Hey Zina, what time did You say You are going to be here? Goldin don't forget the Pavarotti CD, Nancy a pumpkin pie is just fine.....yes,yes You are all invited.... so get ready for Turkey week...... and don't be afraid to bring out the seasonal bourgeois decorations.
Over the last couple of years Mother Jones Magazine has become one of my favorite magazines to work for. The nonprofit magazine covers a wide range of political, economical and environmental stories. Since what will be said and what will be left out is in the hand of stock holders and advertisers for so many of our national publications, Mother Jones Magazine has managed to stay a strong independant voice. The Magazine ise a haven for great journalists, photographers and Illustrators who are finding their articles and images published where the big magazines simply had to decline the topic. Mother Jones won a 2001 National Magazine Award for General Excellence. I love working for this publication and above all I love great articles.
The art director liked the loose sketches and I had extra time to play.
I love photography and collage. I can't stand copyright issues that tag along with solutions like this.
Don' t forget to check in on the progress of todays Drawger hero Tim O'Brien.Yes, today is NYC Marathon Sunday. Look for the American Deena Kastor in the women's division, the Italian Stefano Baldini in the mens division, South African Ernest Van Dyk in the wheeler division and our very own Tim O'Brien in the drawger division.
The Korean deli downstairs had stacked the old boxes by cutting them into sizable chunks for the trash. I noticed all the interesting prints on the boxes, animals, oriental lettering etc. I started painting with gouache on these chunks of cardboard. The color xerox at the time looked like hell. The guy at "Jellybean" wanted a fortune for highend prints. So I decided to send them out, one postcard at the time. Until a photographer friend of mine had mercy on me and took a color negative picture with his Sinar camera. I had about 100 c-prints made and mounted them on card stock. Something about this image seamed to resonate with the art directors, this image got me about 20 jobs. The art directors liked the art until they found out that the corrugated cardboard couldn't be mounted on a scanner drum. It was the year 1985 just at the dawn of postscript.