Japanese Clothing Line with Polly Imagery

Osaka apparel designer Masako Shinya produced the clothes pictured below, along with T shirts and sweaters and sleeveless silk tops, decorated with PB images. The umbrella and the boots were my favorites, and there's also a really nice scarf.

3X3 Award

Thank you to the judges of the 3x3 Illustration Annual who selected this piece for Honorable Mention. Thanks also to my art director on this project, Ken Shafer.

3X3 Award

Thank you to to art director Ronn Campisi. and to the judges of the 3x3 Illustration Annual who selected this piece about adolescent brain function for inclusion in this year's annual.

We'll Always have Crawley

Ads featuring my drawings for a French company now offering hotel rooms for day use  in London and the Sussex town of Crawley (the service has proved popular in Paris). dayuse_two

Sufjan Stevens

sufjanstevens_mojo Steven's "Carrie and Lowell" will be the lead album reviewed in the upcoming issue of Mojo Magazine. The album's themes of loss, longing, childhood and the search for "something to extoll" were easy for me to connect with, but I felt so much respect for the material, listening to it as I worked, that I hesitated about how to represent this artist. I ended up following a helpful suggestion made at the beginning of the project by the reviews editor, Jenny, that he could be shown as a sort of  Saint Francis character. As she said, "Sufjan does like a bit of avian imagery." And because Mark, my art director, had requested a background, I appropriated part of a sky from a painting by another quirky mystical type prone to avian imagery, Hieronymus Bosch.

Everyone Loves a Conspiracy

conspirators This was for Smithsonian. John Wilkes Booth did not act alone. In fact, the question about the Lincoln assassination was the same one every political thriller seemed to contain (before Hollywood decided it would be good to replace lean, fun genre films and B movies with lumbering, CGI-heavy wannabe blockbusters): "How high and how deep does this thing go?!"  Top Confederate military brass were not accused  -- despite some conspiracy-theorizing suspicion -- but the people  pictured here were, and most of them hung.

I did this for a Smithsonian special newsstand-only "bookazine" publication. Thanks, amazing art director Erik Washam!

BTW, that's Booth's "real" gun in the center -- because with a historically-oriented client like The Smithsonian, one wants things as realistic as possible.  And those are the actually the footprints those sloppy, sloppy, bad conspirators left behind as they positioned themselves for my photo.

1974

polly_pussycatMy nurturing and beloved third grade teacher, Jan Holczer, recently mailed me this drawing I gave her more than 40 years ago. She remembers me telling her "The color is a concession to you."  I do still love black and white so much that  color often seems just unnecessary and distracting -- though in this case the texture/tint in the background is probably the best part. I also notice I'm already as an 8 year old organizing compositions into a single silhouetted figure within which is texture, a formula both my assemblages and pen and ink drawings generally still adhere to. "Give me the child at seven and I'll give you the man," is that how the saying goes? art_class 1art_class

This Art Rogers photo, also taken in 1974, was reprinted a couple of months ago  in The Point Reyes Light.  My first life-drawing class looks to have been a nice mellow one (That's Marin county for ya).

American Illustration

I just uncovered an email I'd somehow missed -- happy news-- American Illustration has selected two of my pieces for inclusion in their next annual. Cover for Writer's Chronicle : John Berryman and the pursuit of fame

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Speech, speech

speech_speechA cover for The New York Times Fashion and Style section on Christmas Eve. The topic was how to become better at public speaking. And this was the page turner. nyt_speech_two

Barbarians

quelques_barbariansAs in barbe (fr., "beard").  This book just came out-- the result of an intense couple of weeks at the beginning of last summer when  I did about thirty drawings of the variously hirsute in a heroically short amount of time, for Hachette-Livre (France).