Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Stranger: Obama & Hip Hop

Did this here illo for The Stranger last week. On the relationship between Obama & Hip Hop. Read the article here!
Slightly intimidating doing a portrait of Obama I have to say...

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Last Mistress

"The Last Mistress," the latest erotic psychodrama from Catherine Breillat, tells the story of a penniless scoundrel who marries a virginal aristocrat, much to the chargin of his previous lover (played by Asia Argento).

For this piece, I was asked to go straight to the final. Above is the sketchbook page that provided the elements for the illustration. See the final here.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Heroines of Sci-Fi!

Piece for Sarah Smith at Spectra Pulse about science fiction heroines. This one was pretty fun. Its nice to let my inner (and sometimes not so inner) nerd walk over a page sometimes. You'll notice my heroine actually quit smoking after the sketch stage of this piece, which was a really big step for her, and Im very proud.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Un Film de Fernand Léger

I just saw this on PBS last night- "Ballet Mécanique." It's fun to see how Léger's aesthetics translate to a different medium. Be sure to stick around to the end- there's a short stop motion animation around the 6:47 mark.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Baby Becks in DeGraff!

Yes that's right. One of the best pedigree-ed children in the world is sporting one of the shark shirts I painted for the GAP. I must say that is one of the best things about apparel work for mass market. It really gets everywhere. I'm almost loathe to admit how much this made my day. Although the style is really different from my normal illo work, it's pretty fun to stretch your legs with a different look.

More primate themed art from Gorillaz team

Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn designed characters based on a 16th-century Chinese tale for the opening sequence of BBC's Olympic coverage. More here. Larger images here.


Justice is Served

Chris Colin writes about Jose Klein, not your typical Harvard Law Grad, who illustrates make-a-plate dinner plates featuring the Supreme Court Justices, various amendments and major cases....Ha!
Read it here!

James Gurney's instructional blog

I stumbled onto this blog a few days ago.

James Gurney is the mega-successful illustrator creator of the Dinotopia books.

His blog is mostly instructional in nature, somewhat informative, kind of off-the-wall and often updated.

I read this post today about how to draw apes from life and the solution he came up with was just brilliant:

The gorilla loved it. He had never seen a human act like a polite ape before. He came right up to the glass and posed for me while I did this half-hour portrait from just two feet away.

click here to see the whole article.


My donations to the Handmade Nation Silent Art Auction!

Here's a link to the show info!

Poketo & Handmade Nation present:
Silent Art Auction Fundraiser

It'll be in LA July 19th– so if you are too, you should drop by!

Monday, June 16, 2008

How can someone so young/ Sing words so sad?

"Laura Marling," The New Yorker, June 23, 2008

Here's a portrait of Laura Marling, an 18 year-old singer-songwriter from England. The third sketch was chosen but I was asked to give her the more up-to-date pixie haircut. Comparing that sketch with final looks a bit like hair salon's "before and after" shots.

Read "Young Folk" by Sasha Frere-Jones here.

Laura Marling- "New Romantic"

This week's issue of The New Yorker also features my pixelated pal, Tomby! Together again for the first time!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Evah Fan & Brendan Monroe Interview

I had the fantastic pleasure of interviewing the amazing Brendan Monroe & Evah Fan for Lost At E Minor! Read it here!

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Maxim quickie

in the current Marissa Miller issue

6 portraits in 6 hours! I'm pretty happy with how they turned out though- and looking forward to seeing it in print once this 99° heat subsides!
Do you guys know of any good beaches around here?

Monday, June 9, 2008

New stitching for American Medical News!
Check out my blog for the spread-

Monday, June 2, 2008