Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks

This sketchbook drawing unfolded while I was listening to Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks, by the National. In order to capture this song's grand visuals and hauntingly beautiful vibe, I'm going to need a much larger canvas.

From Grief to Laughter

This new piece accompanies a story in Rutgers Magazine. It's about a graduate who set up an improvisational theater to help people who suffer from extreme grief. Through acting exercises, he helps them cope with their emotional pain.  Below are some ideas I submitted for this story...

Tears tranfrom into something joyful
Using theater performance to transform grief...
Going from grief to a happier state...
traditional theater mask theme...

 You can view my new illustration website here!

A special thanks to art director Michelle Cody, for another interesting assignment

Friday, April 17, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Moosing around...

"When you're bored, open your sketchbook and try to make something happen." That's what I tell myself when I need a creative outlet. Here are a few spreads from my latest sketchbook...

It might get weird...

Contemplating the legacy of Bill Cosby

Cuba street fantasy

An experiment combining President Eisenhower with the Interstate Highway System...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tibor Kalman

Here's the second installment in my portrait series celebrating great graphic designers. This is Tibor Kalman, who's firm M & Co. designed projects for a wide range of clients - from the Talking Heads to one of Manhattan's great restaurants, Florent. He was design director of Interview magazine, and went on to become editor of Colors, a magazine focusing on multiculturism and global awareness (it was sponsored by Bennetton clothing). I own an M & Co. wrist watch (see below), which I purchased in 1990. It finally broke down five years ago, but I've held onto it for it's beautiful design aesthetic.

drawn with a black pencil, ink pen& brush.

I repurposed a page from an old Pantone book as my canvas (these books are used by graphic designers to identify colors for printing purposes). You can view my first portrait in this series, of the legendary Saul Bass, here

A very witty M & Co. watch

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Saul Bass

I recently came across my old Pantone specifier book, which is utilized by graphic designers for identifying printing colors. No longer using it, I contemplated taking this book to my local recycling center. Then an interesting idea for reappropriation came to mind. Wouldn't it be cool to create portraits of iconic graphic designers on the pages of this book? This first attempt is of one of my favorites, Saul Bass, who designed some of the most memorable movie posters and title sequences of all time (including Vertigo and West Side Story). His color palette incorporated many golds and oranges, so I gravitated towards this particular page for his portrait. Stay tuned for more!

Thanks for viewing. Who's your favorite graphic designer?