April 21, 2014
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Fatty Hangs High

So grateful to American Illustration and the the jury this year (Steve Byram, Artist and Designer, Screw Gun Records, Chris Dixon, Design Director, Vanity Fair, Marti Golon, Art Director, Reader’s Digest, Amy Hausmann, Deputy Director, MTA Arts for Transit & Urban Design, Peter Morance, Art Director, The New York Times Science, Len Small, Art Director, Graphic Designer, Nautilus, Alex Spiro, Creative Director, co-Founder, Nobrow ) for awarding my two covers for The Nation coveted spots in the annual show, one of the top honors in our world of illustration.

I am very grateful that my work is recognized, as always, but especially proud that this recognition is for work in The Nation. It is a long partnership that has resulted in my doing some of my best work. Thanks to Editors Katrina vanden Heuvel, Roane Carey and Designer Robert Best.

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Christie’s Fall

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The Great Wingnut Tradition

Sweet Georgia

Still buzzing with the good times of my trip to Athens, Georgia and the great folks at The University of Georgia last Thursday. My talk as the 2014 Visiting Jack Davis Distinguished Visting Artist was part of a rollicking couple of days, seeing the sites, and, most importantly, meeting the students of the program of Prof. Alex Murawski. Thanks to him and the whole gang for making this a memorable trip and a great honor.

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The main event is held in honor of Jack Davis, who moved cartoon and caricature into the realm of serious illustration. Here’s my sketch of Jack as presented to his family Thursday night.

 

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The poster for my talk.

 

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Athens is all in bloom. To a spring-starved New Yorker this was magic!

 

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Alex Murawski, professor and chair of the Davis event, in his office, with many of his illustrations on the walls. Any fan of the art will know Alex’s work

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Thanks, Alex, for taking this social democrat to a Chick-fil-A!  Truett, the founder, is cast in bronze, cluelessly gaping into his  soda. I sullied it for him.

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With cartoonist and colleague Patrick Dean. He held the pad while I discussed a basic concept of caricature: get the big shapes down and the rest will come. I showed how Bush was a diamond, Nixon, an eggplant, Carter and Obama,  lightbulbs, Clinton a teardrop, etc.

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During class I did one-on-one discussions about student’s art. Affected here by something a student said (can’t remember what).

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This evolved into a draw-off. It was all a blur after that!

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Emmy and Kaitlyn provided me with two of the many wonderful quick sketches (I have them all!).

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The night of the lecture opened with a group of slides of artists who have preceded me in this honor. Especially happy to see the Joe Ciardiellos. I’m such a fan!

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At the ceremony I got the boot: the Jack Davis Visiting Artist Award. It’s a bronze version of the Jack Davis shoe; a perfect distillation of the Davis oeuvre. That night Jack Davis himself called during dinner. In his 90th year, he sounded hale and hearty and was very generous. I tried to express how we all felt about him. The whole table erupted in applause, which he could hear very clearly. A great thrill all round. Thanks to everyone at the University and to Jack Davis for a lifetime of inspiration.

Honored . . .

. . .  to be once again selected to have work included in the upcoming Communication Arts Annual.

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Here are those Mad Men of Climate Change Denial. For The American Prospect, Mary Parsons AD and Kit Rachlis Ed.

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Twenty of the 100 Illustrators included in the new book of that name featured this week on The Daily Beast. The word fantastic applies to this book and the authors for creating something so beautiful and affirmative of both illustration and the graphic arts.

HILLARY RECEPTION2This Hill and Bill from ’09, for Newsweek’s great Amid Capeci, starts my chapter in the new book, 100 Illustrators by Julius Wiedemann and Steven Heller. It is a great honor to be included as well as to have very nice things written about one by such authors. Many thanks to all involved and congrats to my fellow honorees.

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Included also is this hungry fellow, done for Mother Jones.

BRODNER Frank Ocean siteAs is this portrait of Frank Ocean, a rap music innovator and very brave guy.

My great thanks to all who have made this awards season especially bright.

Advice

So wonderful meeting with Jeff Burgess and students from Capilano University in Vancouver. A brighter and nicer bunch you couldn’t hope to meet.

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Of course I was as helpful as possible.  When they asked if there was any advice I could offer to young artists starting out I stated the obvious.

 

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“It’s all in the footware.”

This,  of course, was to demonstrate that I was not chained by the ankles to my drawing table.

It was great to meet y’all. The real truth about working in the graphic arts is to embrace hard work in the pursuit of saying true things.  And be grateful for your mistakes; nothing is wasted.

And oh yeah, try to make it while never having to leave Vancouver!!

FACE OFF, 2013!

 

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Selfie 2014

What’s that? Oh, distracted for a minute.  I’ll be right back.

 

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