It is not often I get to blow my own horn with regard to awards, but I just discovered today that one of my illustrations made it into a “Best of News Design 31st Edition” for an assignment for Paul Cheung at the Miami Herald. Unfortunately, the news comes to me a little late, as I only discovered it on a google search, and this took place ten years ago in 2008. Anyhow, I always had a soft spot in my heart for that ‘wrestling bear and bull’ picture, and was glad to see it do well.
Oh, and while I’m tooting my own horn here, I thought I’d share the news that one of the books I’ve illustrated for Penguin has been nominated for a book award in Illinois (The “Bluestem Award”). The list is pictured below:
In honor of President’s Day (which fell on Monday of this week), I’ve collected every illustration that I could find in my archives in which I’ve portrayed George Washington. 3 of the most recent illustrations are from the ‘What Was the Constitution?’ book which I just completed a few months ago, and the others are from various sources, including the Uncle Goose President Blocks (upper left), Dover Presidential Sticker Book (2nd clockwise from the top), a few early Cobblestone illustrations (more or less center), an illustration from the Miami Herald (bottom left) and a cover illustration for Barnes and Noble (bottom right).
And then, since I found an extra ‘George Washington’ that I did for the Wall Street Journal (the dollar bill portrait with the black eye), I’ve collected all the 2nd and 3rd Presidential portraits that I have in my archives. Again, some from the Presidential Sticker Book from Dover, and from the Uncle Goose Presidential Blocks, plus some others from various sources. Below are the portraits I did of Madison (many from the same ‘Constitution book’ that I recently completed), and the only two times that I’ve drawn James Monroe. The remaining presidents I have on file are rather hit or miss, but I may continue with this series at a future date.
And I almost forgot the paper dolls that I had done just last year for a book on Alexander Hamilton, so here’s Washington, Adams, Jefferson and Madison one more time.
Wanted to post my respects to a few giants in the illustration world who passed away in 2009. I have been an admirer of David Levine’s wonderful caricatures in the New York Review of Books for as long as I can remember. There’s a wonderful online gallery of his work posted at the NYRB site. Also this year, another immensely influential illustration icon from the sixties and seventies, Bernie Fuchs died in September. There is a nice gallery of his work at the Telluride Gallery.
I’ve been keeping pretty busy over the holiday break. I’m currently working on several illustrations for a book project. This was for an ongoing series of young adult books in which I’ve been asked to step in as a sort of ‘pinch hitter’ as my style is somewhat similar to the artist they were using previously. The illustration above is a color version of one of the 2 inside illustrations pictured below. I’m still working on two more of the interior pieces and will post them next week.
Another book project I kind of stumbled into this past month, was one for a previous client, who is helping out a celebrity friend in gathering several illustrators/caricature artists to portray the people mentioned in her anecdotes. I ended up doing a caricature of Steven Wright for the book (in black and white, and another version in color in case it needed to be included on the back cover). I also did a couple sketches of Joan Rivers, but they weren’t exactly what they were looking for. I’ve posted the Joan Rivers sketches, but will save the Steven Wright example for after the book gets published (along with more information on the book – where to buy, etc)
I also had an assignment for the Miami Herald last week, about young people entering the work force and having trouble finding affordable health care coverage. And below that, another health care spot for the Wall Street Journal.
It’s been an interesting 20 years, and looking forward to what the next decade brings.