Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Notes from Gatsby, heard on the street, a guy, Rage of Poseidon Water Adventures

I was supposed to do a reading last Thursday with Joe Meno for the release of the paperback edition of his book Demons in the Spring (a book of short stories each of which was illustrated by a different artist, one of whom was me). But the vagaries of life (specifically, bringing it into the world) forced him to postpone. Which was a good thing for me. I had a story, the beginning of which you can see below, but I wasn't quite settled on visuals. When the event gets rescheduled come find out what I come up with.

Brooklyn Comics Festival Poster

This is a version of the poster I just did for the Brooklyn Comics Festival. To see the slightly different version that got printed, go to Desert Island in Brooklyn...or go to the show, December 4th.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

The Great Gatsby

This summer I was asked to do a cover for the Great Gatsby for Penguin U.K. The idea was to reference old playbills from the twenties or thirties. I started out with very detailed portraits of 'the players' drawn from images I found of film stars of the time (Daisy here is Bessie Love, Tom is William Haines, most of the others are composites), the idea being that the drawings would recall vignetted, engraved portraits, also typical of the time.

Ultimately the piece called for something more graphic and simplified. following are a few variations, the last being the final accepted piece.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Engine on a Hill

This is the drawing I did for the Car Engine show. It's 30" by 40" or something like that. Drawing car engines is fun.

Friday, September 3, 2010

The Owl Scouts Debut

This show is opening in Indianapolis tonight, Friday September 3rd. If you're within two hundred miles, you should go. giant, painterly, haunting photo narrative. If you can't be there, look at these, and pine until the show comes to your town.