Thursday, December 29, 2011

NYT Townies - Dive Bar Edition

Here's another illustration I recently completed for the Townies section of the NYT. This time the story was about a little girl and her father and a dive bar in Queens. Some really great characters in this story...makes me wish this bar was still around because I'd want to go check it out!

Click here to read the story.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

The red faced businessman

There was a red faced businessman who walked past my window every morning on his way to work. His eyes would always be fixed to the pavement in front of him and his slick black hair would shine, even in the winter. I'd wonder, how does he get his face to be so red? Maybe he was born from a mother with a fiery temper. Or maybe his father was an Olympic champion underwater breath-holder. I never would get my answer.

He'd always wear the same drab grey coat with the same drab grey pants. They only emphasized the brightness of his face. I'd drink my coffee and stare out the window and hope that one day he would look up and see me. For some reason I believed if we made eye contact, I'd come to a revelation.

Friday, December 16, 2011

happy holidays!

Get ready to cELEbRaTEEEEEEE.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

NY Times illo - Townies

I recently completed this illustration for The NY Times for their Townies section (exclusively online). This particular section features stories from New Yorkers who write about their experiences living in NYC. The story I illustrated was about this woman who grew up in the Lower East Side with artist parents, and was surrounded by the squalor that was the LES. She later went to a private school in the Upper East Side and longed to fit in with the culture uptown...but eventually came back to Lower Manhatten, realizing the UES was a bit boring!

The article was well written and provided a lot of great imagery for my illustration...though I have to say I didn't sympathize too much with the author...I WISH I could afford to live in any part of Manhattan...and wish I had the luxury of giving up a rent stabilized apartment, haha. Either way...I recommend reading the article! Click here for a link.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Seattle Weekly cover

One of my favorite clients to work with, Seattle Weekly, asked me to create the cover for this weeks issue. The feature article is actually a series of articles...each author talks about their favorite CD and how that artist (and that CD in particular) changed their lives.

The art director wanted the cover to look like a high school student's (or young adult's) notebook...decorated with random sketches and words...and ink stains. I never really approached a finished illustration like this and it was very enjoyable! I'm sure this will affect my future work.

Anyways, enjoy!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Weekend drawings

Did these for fun with my friends this weekend. We all gave ourselves a challenge: to draw what one of the other people usually draws, and to add a "punk" theme to it. I was given the challenge of drawing punk creatures...since my friend Marina usually draws creatures. She had to draw, sexy punk women (my friend Ahu usually draws women) - while Ahu had to draw punk muscular men (something I usually draw). Confusing, maybe...but fun!! I think we came up with some pretty cool results. Below, are mine.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Society of Illustrators 54

I'm a little late in announcing this, but my Cotton Club Revival poster for Lincoln Center was accepted into the SOI 54 Advertising show!!! I'm super excited to get this piece in and to attend the show in March! Hopefully I'll see some of you there. :)