“& Sons” 10″x14″
New illustration for a Los Angeles Times book review of David Gilbert’s latest novel, “& Sons”.
“A fictional story about a fictional author who embodies the idea of the “quintessential New York writer.” His gloomy presence is at the heart of “& Sons,” whose most notable achievement is its portrait of that most respected and mysterious of artistic types: the great novelist. The character’s literary success and the way he achieved it — by isolating himself from his family and mining their lives — has shaped the fate of anyone who’s ever loved him, including his sons…”
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of joining a long, long list of artists who have lent their craft to the works of William Shakespeare. So far in the series we have hit the obvious choices, Romeo & Juliet and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
These book covers are actually for a new series of study guides to help students (and really, anybody) better understand what the heck The Bard was trying to say. The plays are printed in full alongside a “modern” translation so the cool kids in high school can follow along when Romeo-o-o-o hollers at J-Boo. KIDDING. It’s not that modern.
The last image is an alternate for Romeo & Juliet (before the final layout was decided upon). Really enjoyed diving into these covers and finding my own way to interpret the timeless classics.
“All You Fascists Bound to Loose”
Cover illustration for the Texas Observer. The focus of the issue is an article about Woody, but it also happened to be their fall book review so the goal was to combine those two points into one piece of art. I think it’s fitting, scrawling Woody’s famous guitar quote “this machine kills fascists” across the cover of a book; education and knowledge are the real defenses against evil.
“Queen of The Jungle”, 24″x32″
“Queen of The Jungle”. Forget kings and servants….
It was a real honor to be asked to be a part of the Frogfolio calendar this year. Many, many thanks to Jim Burke who always makes this project one of the highlights of the illustration year. To be a part of it is humbling to say the least. If you are not aware, the one and only stipulation for this project is the art must include a frog, beyond that it’s completely open ended. Unfortunately the calendar is a promotion tool for Dellas Graphics and cannot be purchased.
“Getting Closer”, 24″x32″
Oh man, incredibly excited to be asked to contribute to NPR’s annual calendar this year. It took a few years after moving here, but for awhile now I have become a WNYC/NPR junkie. Like many New Yorkers, I turn to the radio more and more not just for news, but to learn interesting stuff and, in some ways, find comfort; it always seems to be the voice of reason when you most need it. There is something timeless and magical about listening to the radio and frankly no one does it better than WNYC.
Thoughts printed in the calendar: “NPR is a reliable companion. By nature, radio has a sense of nostalgic romance. Listening late into the night to the unique voices, thought-provoking programming and music gives us knowledge. Many times, public radio has made me think differently, or given me an idea. It nurtures free thinking and innovative dreams.”
“Topping From The Bottom (the illusion of submission)”, 24″x24″, mixed media
The establishment, the power pyramid: “I understand”, “I get it”, “justice for everyone”, “let’s make change”… but…only so long as it’s through the structure of their control. The illusion of submission.
The great thing about El Malpensante Magazine is their willingness to trust you. The AD will often get in touch and simply say “have you got anything you’ve been wanting to draw?” Seriously. No sketch, no nothing, just “send us some final art and we’ll see if it makes sense with our stories”. On one hand this does take away the process of client/illustrator collaboration, but it also makes for a place where personal work can live. In this case as the cover of the magazine.
“Love is Like…” grew out of a similar idea for a different cover assignment. That job was about being unique amongst your peers, but what I was really thinking about was romance and relationships. Since it wasn’t chosen, I was (later) free to make this picture that captured the feeling of hope for companionship that is exceptional, unique, and, ultimately, stands out from all the other “noise”.
I’ve been waiting a while to post this image because of delays in publication, but now have the green light. On news stands soon, that is if you live in Columbia (country).
A new moody illustration Alex Bledsoe’s short story, “Shall We Gather”, published on Tor.com. First off, I always love working with Tor. The content is exciting, challenging, and definitely different from my average assignments (but that seems to be changing too!). This story was fun as it let me embrace the darkness in my work. Set in present day Appalachia, the story has a shadowy mysticism to it that involves an openminded reverend, a shape shifting fairy, and an elder man on his death bed. The fairy has a question for the old man and needs the reverend to ask it. What’s the question? What’s the answer? Guess you will have to read it to find out. It’s surprising, I can promise that!
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