Monday, April 30, 2012

Swan Song



The above is my final piece for Rethinking Schools magazine. After a long stretch, art director Patrick JB Flynn is segueing to MIT's The Baffler. I'm happy to say that I was one of Pat's illustrators during his years at The Progressive, then his years at Rethinking Schools. I look forward to the PJBF era at The Baffler.


The topic I was working with is the "professional development" rigmarole teachers are forced to play these days. I used a combination of type, clip art and images handcrafted on my iMac that are meant to resemble clip art. I love clip art: pictures that are so direct that they're understandable in an instant. My fascination with grids, and the square dimension, offered a chance at something suggesting a game board, so I went with it.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Love Remains



This is a new composition based on colors nicked, more or less, from an advert in last Sunday's NYT Styles section. I'm currently listening to "Love Remains" (1988) by The Bobby Watson Quartet, hence the title.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Dreamscape


Dreaming is free. (Blondie)

This is a version of a project I've been working on. Details at a later date.

For Vartan Poghosian and Kathleen Foley Teodoro.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Compositions in Red and Black



This weekend's soundtrack is being provided by Freddie Hubbard ("Ready for Freddie"), Charles Lloyd ("Acoustic Masters 1"), the first Lounge Lizards alb and "The Very Best of Elvis Costello & The Attractions." Just so you know, Dear Reader...

Friday, April 20, 2012

Jennifer Ultra Chic

A new image, inspired by an advert in last Sunday's "New York Times Magazine."

For Alan, Fred, Richard, Julie, Bob, Roddy and all the groovy cats 'n' chicks that made the B'way production of "Camelot" the magnificent thing it was.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Occidental College

This is a recent job of mine for Occidental College's alumni magazine.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pagan Orange, Parts 1-3



Friday the 13th, leaving the Clinton, NY, Hannaford's supermarket, their exit sign (with a very skinny arrow) caught my eye. "I like that," I thought. "I'm gonna use that." In my mind's eye I imagined something like Part 2 of this series. Parts 1 and 3 are extrapolations from Part 2. Outside of that, a thousand (or at least a dozen) influences, too many to list without being a bore. For the intrepid, some can be found scattered amongst my Recommended Links to your right.. Other influencess? I'll leave those for the experts to unearth and debate. My job is done.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Green Issue, 2012

I first worked for Sheri Squires about 20 years ago, when she was the art director at Louisville magazine. I drew a number of illustrations for her, including one award-winning cover. Since then she's moved on to various and sundry, including The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts, where we worked on another cover a couple of years ago. Recently she landed the creative director slot at Louisville's alternative paper, LEO Weekly. Pictured above is the cover we created for this week's issue.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Frankenstein

Not many people are anything at all. They jingle and giggle. It would be much better if they were just wiped out. Essentially, they don't exist, they aren't there.

(DH Lawrence)

For Mary Wollstonecraft and Chet Baker, Brigitte Mohnhaupt and Al Held.



Sunday, April 8, 2012

Revolver

For Sun Ra and Sontag, Berlioz and The Doors, Bergman and Feldman, The Dandy Warhols and The Red Army Faction. Revolve, you revolvers!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

No. 5 in D Minor

For Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joan Didion, voices as articulate as an April morning.