Sunday, May 19, 2019

Tiger Confessions

Here's a new piece for Princeton Alumni Weekly. It accompanies a story about a private Facebook group for Princeton students,  Tiger Confessions. In this group, students can anonymously express thoughts they're uncomfortable  expressing in person to others. These confessions can run the spectrum from happy, sad, embarrassing, to just plain humorous. In a recent post, a student discussed committing suicide, which caught the attention of the school administration. They reinforced the idea that, while it is worthy to have forum such as this, there are mental health professionals available, who can help address difficult issues and emotions which students confront.  

Here're some of the sketches I submitted for this project.

A special thanks to art director, Marianne Nelson, for this fascinating assignment.    
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Thursday, May 16, 2019

John F Kennedy

This portrait of President John F Kennedy was sparked by a line from a famous speech he gave to 450,000 West Germans, "Ich bin ein Berliner" ( I am a Berliner). This 1963 speech was delivered during the cold war, bringing comfort to West Berliners who feared an East German occupation.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

NY Fed Museum Map

I had the pleasure of collaborating with an amazing designer, Megan Mardiney, in creating a this ambitious 8 ft by 10 ft map installation. It’s located in the museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, on Liberty St. in Manhattan. The NY Fed helps implement US monetary policy (regarding interest rates, inflation, treasury bonds, etc). This map represents the region they encompass,: NY State, Puerto Rico. the Virgin Islands, as well as parts of CT and NJ. 

The NY Fed maintains a healthy dialogue with the people, businesses and local governments throughout this territory. They promote sound economic decision-making.

This museum educates people about the role of the Federal Reserve, as well as how our economy works. The vignettes on this map represent various industries, landmarks and animals of the region. Enormous thanks to Megan and Kerwin Adduru, for including me in this amazing project. You can the Mardiney Group website here.

My town, Red Hook, NY is on the upper right, just above 

example of a map vignette -  City Hall of Buffalo, NY

example of one map vignette - a gorge in Watkins Glen, NY

Upstate NY Holstein Cow

A montage of dry-brush drawings before color was added
One of three sketch layouts for the map

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Thursday, May 9, 2019

A Tin Full of Tunes

Years ago, at a yard sale, I found a mysterious tin full of index cards (which I bought for $1.00). All that was typed on each card was a song title, and the name of a singer or band. The reason why these cards were made is unknown, but their sparse canvases provided a spark .  Here are a few drawings of which will hopefully be a fun series. More to come soon!

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Saturday, May 4, 2019

Ezra Koenig

I attempted a portrait of Ezra Koenig, the frontman of one of my favorite bands, Vampire weekend. He’s written some beautiful tunes about Capre Cod, which sparked this idea.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Julius Caesar

It was fun to bust out some spray paint for this drawing, sparked by some ancient Roman themes.  

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Saturday, April 20, 2019

American illustration Interview

It was an honor to participate in an interview with American Illustration, part of their DART series (Design Arts Daily). The interviewer, Peggy Roalf, asked very thoughtful questions about my map drawings, sketchbook images, what my habits are, and who my influences are. You can read the full interview here!