Tuesday, March 31, 2009

two things

This is a piece I recently completed for a British publication about the art of reviewing music. The article was actually pretty conceptual - and I thought interesting to read.
The magazine is square format and I was told that text would be wrapped around the image, whichever size I made it. So i felt that a white background would be easiest for a designer to work with. My idea was to draw a musician and have his voice/music come out and be transformed into geometric shapes. I thought this would symbolize the rationalization that a music reviewer had to go through in order to analyze and "judge" the music.

In other news - I'd like to advertise for one of my talented friends, Marina Kharkover, an illustrator and designer. She's teaching a Children's Book Illustration class at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn, and I highly recommend signing up for it. 3rd Ward is a great place and Marina is a great artist. So you really can't go wrong!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

rose head

collage + marker.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

che + Stimulus Package x4

About a month and a half ago I was approached by the owner of Galerie Suty (Paris France) to contribute a painting to an upcoming show about Che Guevara and how his image has been appropriated by the capitalist system (even though that was everything he stood against in his lifetime).
So I created the below 30" x 30" acrylic painting.

The same gallery owner then asked me to contribute several drawings for the upcoming drawing exposition Slick Paris.
I decided to create four related drawings and called each of them "Stimulus Package" - 1,2,3,4 respectively.

I'm currently crossing my fingers that these make it through French customs un-harmed.

Monday, March 23, 2009

painted faces

These painted faces have been lying around for a while - waiting to become faces.
I've finally compiled a bunch of them and decided to do one massive update!

Monday, March 16, 2009

toxic consumer

This was a very exciting weekend for me because I got 2 jobs from 2 clients that I always wanted to work for: SEED Magazine and The New Yorker!

The New Yorker asked me to produce an illustration about The Toxic Avenger - NJ's first superhero (in musical form). They said they wanted Toxie and Sara (the blind librarian) in the illustration - and wanted a sorta "psychedelic" look to the whole thing. Maybe I found the story behind this musical especially amusing because i am from New Jersey...but I think anyone would appreciate the ridiculousness.

The other one is for SEED magazine - the article was a book review of Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior by Geoffrey Miller. To summarize, the book talks about how what we buy unconsciously advertises our biological potential as mates and friends. And what our economic decisions say about us individually.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

words but no art (yet)

So, I did some updating to my website. Check out my illustration, poster, and type sections for new work (not all of it is up top). This upcoming weekend is going to be a busy one - I have 2 new illustrations both due Monday for new clients!! I'll be sure to post them up once done.

Meanwhile, enjoy this view from the 37th floor of the Viacom building in Times Square, NYC.
It was a rainy foggy day.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


An illustration done for PlanAdvisor magazine (related to Plansponsor - the publication I did that Tattooman piece for).
The article itself was about transparency in business transactions - but was pretty dense and difficult to get through.
Soojin Buzelli simply told me to work off the word "Transparency" - and in the end, even after reading the article - that's what I did.
Here is the final solution:

Tomorrow I'm heading to the Society of Illustrators for the Uncomissioned Institutional Show! I'm excited to participate again.