For the past few years, I have been drawing a commemorative Academy Award poster for my brother’s annual ‘Oscar Party’ in Chicago, and printing up a nice big copy of it for him to frame. I usually try to include each of the major nominees in all the acting categories, as well as squeezing in a director or two, a documentary if it is well known, and a small nod to the animated features. It is usually a logistical challenge trying to fit everything in, and takes a lot of research, especially on the faces of little known ‘supporting actor’ nominees. I generally have a lot of fun with these things, and it is nice to keep in practice with my caricature skills, which only occasionally get called upon in my day to day projects.
These posters are available as large quality prints (18 x 20 if I remember correctly), and signed by the artist (contact me for details). Click on the image to see a larger, detailed version.
Managed to see a lot of the nominated films this year prior to the awards: Capote, Walk the Line, Transamerica (which I loved), Cinderella Man, Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana, Crash, Brokeback Mountain, King Kong – – and then caught up with a few more after the awards; History of Violence, Hustle and Flow, Squid and the Whale, Constant Gardener, Pride and Predjudice, Junebug
All the posters in this series can be found under the ‘Portfolio’ section of the masthead.
Took in a trio of illustrations for Cricket magazine. Starting to get a reputation around this publisher as the ‘go to’ guy for ‘historical sagas’. This one concerned a pair of young girls during the revolutionary war, who lived at a lighthouse, and managed to fool a British troop ship into retreating from a landing, thinking that a garrison of troops was stationed just over the dunes. I have a soft spot for lighthouses, so this one was a great deal of fun all the way through (plus I got to draw a few little sailing vessels).
Another children’s publication, Oddysey (Cobblestone’s ‘science’ publication), sent me another ‘puzzle page’ (I’d been doing these puzzle page illustrations for a year or more for this publication). Some are easier than others, this one was one of the easier ones.
The image above was another fiction piece for Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine. This one involved a contract employee building a wall at a convent (other than that, I dont’ remember much else about the story)
The illustration below was for US Catholic, and I don’t quite remember the topic (book reviews or something – late night snacks??), but anyways, I liked how this one turned out. I need to use more solid black in the cartoon illustrations more often, it is a nice effect. At this point, we hadn’t gotten our new dog ‘Lady’ yet, and I was still drawing variations on my old dog ‘Dinky’ who had passed away two years prior.