Stephen Kroninger
June 2009
Michael Jackson Drawger Show
David Pohl
Click here for the Michael Jackson Drawger Show at the bottom of the front page. Post your Michaels. This is open to Drawgers and non-Drawgers alike as well as students, non-professionals and professionals. Let's see 'em!
Thanks to Kyle T. Webster and Chris Whetzel for suggesting it.
Here are a few examples Post yours. These shows stay up forever so you can post today or for as long as Drawger is in operation.

Kagan McLeod
Nate Van Dyke
Mark Ulriksen
TIME: Chef Lit
This was for Chrissy Dunleavy at Time magazine.

Chrissy sent this to get me started thinking on the project.

During our phone coversation, Chrissy referenced this image from the book "Tie Your Socks and Clap Your Feet: Mixed Up Poems" written by Lenny Hort and illustrated by me.
Sketchbook doodle made while on the phone.

 First official sketch to be shown to the editors for approval. The flaming pan eyes were Chrissy's idea and right up my alley.

An update for Chrissy to see where I was going.

 I chose this knife because the shape of the handle resembles a twisted, angry mouth with the highlights suggesting teeth.

The final.

More Observer Caricatures
Peter Kaplan, former editor of The New York Observer. I like to work to music. This was done to Cecilia Bartoli's 1992 Mozart Arias cd.

I'm including this photo of Peter since i'm assuming that most of you have no idea what he looks like. Although some of you may recall him from Drew Friedman's brilliant caricature.
 Walt Whitman.

 The Observer shut down the calendar so these are the last two. Nice ending on Walt Whitman though. It was a fun gig and Nancy Butkus is a joy to work with.

Latest Joe Klein for TIME
"AfPak's Odd Couple. Presidents Karzai and Zardari are working together. But let's not pretend they're perfect."

This was done to repeated listening's of Neil Hefti's score for "The Odd Couple." I've long been a great fan of the movie. To me, Matthau and Lemmon are THE Odd Couple.

 The truly odd thing is that I'd just watched the movie again on the Friday before being assigned this piece the following Wednesday. Here's the sketch.

 These are for Joe Klein's IN THE ARENA column for TIME, art directed by Cynthia Hoffman. The photo heads are researched by Diana Suryakusuma.

 Obama's quest to reimagine health care. I suspect I was  unconsciously influenced by a steady diet of Three Stooges shorts in my youth on this one. Paging Dr. Howard, Dr. Fine, Dr. Howard.

"Terrorism on Trial: After eight years, we still haven’t found the right way to prosecute enemy combatants."

"Debates over abortion and affirmative action remain dominated by extremists. But sensible positions exist." The flag references Klein's line in the piece concerning " African-American President and a polychromatic society moving towards racial...equity..."

For the flag skin tone stripes I threw photos of random faces and body parts from my "flesh" files onto the scanner and then selected an isolated color from them. There were seven of these for the piece. Here are two of them

Two illustrations for a spread entitled "Why Obama Should Keep Talking To Israel and Start Talking To Hamas."

 The above piece is for an essay by Joe Klein entitled, "A meeting in Damascus shows why the U.S. must be prepared to deal with all sides."

This was for the companion essay by Peter Beinart, "Getting tough on settlements is a necessary first step for mideast peace."

Cynthia Hoffman's layout.

Alan Aldridge/Gig Posters
Tomorrow Never Knows, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, Delacorte Press, 1969
Two recent book purchases that may be of interest to visitors of this blog and just in time for Father's Day or that summer vacation. The first is The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes: The Art of Alan Aldridge

I first came across Aldridge's work back when my Mother bought me a copy of his The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics. The books, volumes one and two, are filled with a who's who of sixties-era illustrators interpreting the lyrics of Beatles songs. Pretty eye-popping stuff for me back in the sixth grade and still is today.
Sexy Sadie, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, Delacorte Press, 1969
nbsp"Kaleidoscope Eyes" is filled with plenty of examples of Aldridge's work over the years and stories of his adventures with Lord Snowden, Princess Margaret, The Beatles (he was the house artist at Apple Corp.), The Rolling Stones, The Who, Cream, Elton John and Colonel Tom Parker as well as many others.nbspOne of the more amusing tales concerns Aldridge being challenged by Salvador Dali to a drawing run-off in an airport bar.nbspHe was art director for Penguin Books in the sixties, he's created successfull children's books and has even designed art for a pinball machine. It's a great read for illustrators. As he highlights the ups and downs of his 40 year career you'll find that, although his specifics may be different, many of the stories will have a familiar ring for many of you.
There's A Place, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, Delacorte Press, 1969

spread from The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, Delacorte Press, 1969

Across The Universe, The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics Volume Two, Delacorte Press, 1971

Aldridge's poster for Andy Warhol's "Chelsea Girls," 1968

The second book is Gig Posters: Rock Show Art of the 21st Century which is just what it says it is. A large format volume filled with terrific examples of contemporary band posters as well as short bios and interviews with all of the artists. Of particular interest to me are the lists of their influences.

Visit their website and prepare to be overwhelmed.
TV on the Radio, Designer: Brad Klausen

Modest Mouse, The Decoder Ring Design Concern

Scissors Sisters, Dan Stiles

Pretty Girls Make Graves, Methane Studios

Ween, Gregg Gordon

The Donnas, Amy Jo

Kanye West, Invisible Creature

Andrew Bird, The Small Stakes
This is the seventh of seven short animations I recently designed for the commercial free Nickelodeon/Noggin Network. Song written by David Weinstone and performed by Toby Lightman. Produced for Nickelodeon/Noggin by Mary Jacobson, Jennifer Cast and Matthew Dunteman.

 For this one the characters are all Nickelodeon/Noggin favorites. I put together the type, the newpaper and the icons.

 I added the penciled in newsprint type that you see in the finished piece last.

Tadanori Yokoo
"Tadanori Yokoo" poster for the "Persona" exhibition, 1965

 This post is by no means meant to be definitive. These few images only begin to scratch the surface of Yokoo's long, prolific and inspired career.

 Christopher W. Mount, Director, The Museum of Modern Art, New York: "...We are bombarded on a daily basis with all types of data relayed to us not only from the print media but also the electronic media, television, computers and even electronic billboards.
 The graphic work of Tadanori Yokoo is unique in the clarity with which it chronicles the pace, complexity and chaos of this contemporary phenomenon. His extremely intricate, dreamlike designs are analogous to a late-modernist and surreal expression of the incursion of technologies on our visual consciousness . Yokoo's posters are beautiful portraits of the turbulent times we live in and his great talent lies in the ease and fluidity with which he makes consonance and finds harmony in what most others find as apparent disorder.
  To fully understand Yokoo's place in the history of the graphic arts and to comprehend his prominence amongst contemporary designers, one must first look briefly at the history of graphic design during the twentieth century.

 Early graphic designers were primarly illustrators, then in the mid-twenties avant-garde designers introduced the use of collage and added photographic elements to their works piecing them together with type. These early pioneers, like the later work of Yokoo, relied on a juxtaposition of elements to create dynamic compositions. This tradition of the graphic designer as assembler has continued, and Yokoo's place in this legacy is notable. He has elevated, during his thirty year career, the technique of collage and thus the practice of graphic design to new heights of complexity, stretching its imaginable limits to an almost conclusionary extreme of intricacy both stylistically and technically" (excerpted from the introduction to Tadanori Yokoo's Posters, Idea Magazine Special Issue 1994).
Poster for the dance performance "A La Maison de M. Civecawa" by the modern dance troupe Garumera Shokai, 1965
Poster for the book "The Wonders of Life on Earth," 1965
Poster for the serialized magazine essay "The Aesthetics of the End" by Yukio Mishima, 1966
Poster for "John Silver," theatrical performance by Jokyo Gekijo, 1967
Poster for 'Koshimaki-Osen" (Loincloth Hermit), performance by the underground theatrical troupe Joyko Gekijo, 1966
Poster for the Word and Image exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, New York 1968
Poster for the "16th Exhibition of Japan Advertising Artist's Club" 1968
Poster for the "6th International Biennial Exhibition of Prints in Tokyo," 1968. 
"...This poster is also noteworthy as it represents the first time color markings were retained at the top as an integral part of the graphic design." (Best 100 Japanese Posters 1945-89, Toppan Printing Company Ltd. 1990).
Poster for the movie "The Trip", 1968
"New York," Hinode Arts and Crafts gallery poster, 1968
Poster for a demonstration by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, "War Is Over," 1969

Poster for IDEA magazine, 1969
Poster for the bunraku play "Chinsetsu Yumihan-Zuki, 1971

Poster for the book "The Complete Works of Tadanori Yokoo," 1971

"Greeting." publicity poster for Haizuka Printing Company, 1972
"This is a poster created to promote a corporate image for a printing company. Utilizing a medium which is inherently commercially oriented, Yokoo here depicts the "Thousand-year Kingdom," his longed for spiritual utopia...It incorporates a variey of "sacred codes" which symbolize the dieties of the world's major religions: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism and Islam. " (Best 100 Japanese Posters 1945-89, Toppan Printing Company Ltd. 1990).
Poster for the exhibition "Journey to the Thousand-year Kingdom," 1973
Poster for the book "100 Posters of Tadanori Yokoo," 1978
 "KISS KISS KISS" (1964)

"Tokuten Eizou Anthology No. 1" (1964)

 "Kachi Kachi Yama" (1965)

all images © copyright Tadanori Yokoo. text © copyright Christopher Mount 1994. text © copyright Toppan Printing Company Ltd. 1990.
This is the sixth of seven short animations I recently created for the commercial free Nickelodeon/Noggin Network. Song written and performed by David Weinstone. Produced for Nickelodeon/Noggin by Mary Jacobson, Jennifer Cast and Matthew Dunteman.
 Quite the toe-tapper. For this one I kept thinking of the kids at our daughters' elementary school in their Ramones, AC/DC and Motorhead t-shirts.

Hippie kid as she appears in the animation

Hippie Kid (first pass)

Percussion Girl as she appears in the finished animation

 Originally she was playing a rake but the rake was put away for safety reasons.

 This electric guitar was created for the Weinstone caricature in this one.

This is the fifth of seven short animations I recently created for the commercial free Nickelodeon/Noggin Network.ONE MORE KISS written by David Weinstone, performed by Brandi Carliile. Produced for Nickelodeon/Noggin by Mary Jacobson, Jennifer Cast and Matthew Dunteman.

This is the fourth of seven short animations I recently created for the commercial free Nickelodeon/Noggin Network.Song written and performed by David Weinstone. Produced for Nickelodeon/Noggin by Mary Jacobson, Jennifer Cast and Matthew Dunteman.

This is the third of seven short animations I recently created for the commercial free Nickelodeon/Noggin Network. Song written and performed by David Weinstone. Produced for Nickelodeon/Noggin by Mary Jacobson, Jennifer Cast and Matthew Dunteman.

The Duck Car (unused)

The Panda Car

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