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this started out with a rubbing of a sanding disk I found in the street. The center is where the star is.
Recent personal work here (paintings: January to March 2015). All done in in black books early in the morning before the house wakes up --usually. I've also started using instagram to document some of this work in progress. Sometimes I blog a little about this sort of work here. Ad infinitum… ad nauseum! etc.
Finishing work can be a struggle; this is a Frankenstein monster with lots of layers of collage as I tried out different solutions. Usually, I end up with an intriguing landscape or castle scene. Then it's time to add some trees and figures or …something for the imagination to curl up close to. In this case, a scholar strolls in the university gardens while reading a book.
Just working directly is the BEST experience. No sketches. Just see what bubbles up.
An angle has a conversation with an extremist whose castle of the mind has become a prison.
a grumpy tiger (texture rubbing, latex, ink, watercolor)
Becalmed amid a sea of dragged inky brushstrokes
Spiders putting the finishing touches on a new web.
The last snowflake? (colored pencil, collage)
02-23-15
Madrassa
Not sure what's going on here. For sure, this is therapy: did the clown save the geese? Did he capture or steal the geese? What's he doing in this field on the outskirts of civilization… and so on.
Having a little quiet chat…
Bluebirds
Power plant
baby monkeys playing in the jungle
Reminds me of the Sierra Nevada…
Finito! I hope you enjoyed my paintings.
Baby Owl
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I'm working a new book for Schwartz & Wade. Here are some sketch details. Lot of work to do yet so I'll save details for later on. I do have two completed picture books in the pipeline (scroll down if you're interested).
"Counting Crows" written by Kathi Appelt is being published by Simon & Schuster in a few weeks. Below: "Over In The Wetlands" by Caroline Starr Rose and also published by Schwartz & Wade hits bookshelves in July.
Sketchbook: Dec. 2014
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This is semi chronological for December 2014: I ping-pong back and forth between imaginary painted things, landscape drawings and doodles all in a black bound sketchbook. I also submitted the final art for a children's book and did some pro-bono things. Where does the time go?
Merry Christmas to all!
NYT-Disruptions
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A small commission from Bernadette Dashiel of the New York Times last week let me dust off my editorial skills a little. Maybe some of you got the call and turned it down? The job was a breeze and fun to do. These days, I do personal work mostly and I'm working on several children's books. …I wonder how one chapter ("editorial illustrator") ends and the next one ("children's book illustrator") reveals itself. It's all a continuum of course.
The Times article was for a tech lifestyle section called "Disruptions" and it was about high-profile companies like facebook and Uber's questionable and even amoral behavior. This, despite their public stances of "doing no evil."
I first did a few sketches in pencil and ink and they were tepid. I slept on it and at 5:00 the next morning when I was more focused, I created a bunch of drawings in watercolor detailing the antics of the blue tech guy and a randy red devil. I received feedback later in the day and a suggestion to show more of a "partnership" aspect in the tech-guy/devil relationship. Bing-bang: send in a few more sketches and later, approval of # 9.
They wanted my digital style so that's what they got the following morning. It ran on Thanksgiving day. 
ABOVE: first round of sketches: watercolor & ink. Submitted as a multi-page pdf.
ABOVE: a second round of sketches.
ABOVE: The sketch they liked.
Bernadette wanted my digital style so the final was done in a Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. I think the sketch is so much better!
In 1974, my older sister unwittingly gave me "Milton Glaser: Graphic Design" as a birthday present. I loved art but had no ideas, let alone ambitions, to be an illustrator or designer. But over the years of art schools, part-time jobs and countless trips to art museums, this book became as well-traveled as I was. I still refer to it subconsciously…as my sketches above might attest. The expressive ink silhouettes by Milton Glaser are another example of his elegant, witty and humane approach to Art. And that too is an inspiration.
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