From a few months ago, a really fun job for brilliantly designed Foreign Policy Magazine. This was being coined their “War Issue” and while I began as the illustrator for just one interior article, as sketches took shape they felt some of my ideas could sum up the issue as a whole. So, cover Art! It is always a pleasure to see my work holding down the cover of a magazine. A less frequent honor these days. Images and a few other sketch ideas that didn’t get used below. Big shout out to FP Mag for the fun job.
Some rejected ideas. I thought the general carving the new solider was kinda lolz.
More lonely window views. This one for The Penn Gazette
A proper post with real photographs coming soon, but for now here is the finished mural. Go see it (and buy some coffee) at Tar Pit Cafe, 135 Woodpoint Rd. in Greenpoint
Here’s to a happy weekend.
Alright everyone, I’m doing something a little different here and for the first time making available for direct purchase a very limited edition (only 13!) print. Print and image details below!
-Giclée print on heavy weight archival German etching paper
-limited edition of 13 signed and numbered
About the image:
On the one hand, I wanted to explore the broad concept of cognitive dissonance—something that I think is a steady theme through much of my personal work. At the same time, I was toying with an idea that I discovered in a poem, in which the author speaks of having a devil on his back, but a pocket full of flowers. This line resonated with me and I quickly jotted down the sketch that would become this image. I couldn’t help but think of the similarities between this concept and the dark side of the classic nursery rhyme Ring Around The Rosie. I believe contrasting good and evil in this way has a nice balance between light humor and dark intentions.The Aesop fable, “The Fox and the Grapes,” is often referenced when describing the cognitive dissonance theory—something I wanted to tip my hat to with the fox pelt slung around the gentleman’s neck
I will be selling a special small edition print next week. Watch for updates! Here is a snippet, full image next week…
Winning Young Guns 9, last year was a wonderful experience and I encourage all of you young hot shot artists out there to throw your hat in the ring! Above is a poster I created as part of the kick off campaign for the competition.