Thursday, June 26, 2008

A couple more Park Caricatures

Here's a couple more caricatures from good ol' Central Park; I don't know what I'd do without that Park...probably move out of the city.
Anyway, the first one is of identical twins, and the interesting thing about identical twins is to find the subtle differences of which there were actually many. The girl on the left had a little bit fuller face and a small gap between her teeth, the one on the right had a few freckles on her face, and had more of a "devilish" look. I guess she was the evil twin out of the two. Also, the one on the left had her chin up a little more than the other, so that made the point of view different- (ex.-you could see more of her nostrils).
The other one is a couple from Texas.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Mihail Sadoveanul

This is Mihail Sadoveanul- a famous Romanian- for what, I'm not sure...
Anyway, this is my first caricature for a show in Romania showcasing caricaturists from around the world. I have one more to do. It's also a contest, and 20 artists will get to go to Romania for a week all expenses paid. Sweet.

Even more Park Caricatures

Here's some more Park Caricatures. Remember, there is no age limit to getting a caricature- note the older couple. I like drawing older people in general; they tend to have more character in their faces. Of course, it depends on the individual.

John Guare

Here's my caricature of John Guare, the famous playwright, for the Profile Theatre- a theatre based in Portland , Oregon. My first cousin once removed- Jane Unger- is the artistic director. Here's brief description about what they do:
Profile Theatre was founded in 1997 with the mission of celebrating the playwright's contribution to live theater. Each year, Profile showcases a single playwright, giving you the opportunity to enter a writer's world for a full season. This experience allows the audience to view each play as part of a flowing dialogue, and to see the important connections that help us to grow and learn and understand. We are one of only two theatre companies in the nation with this particular focus.
Here's their link:

So I draw a profile caricature of the featured playwright every year, and have also done Harold Pinter, Terence McNally, Lanford Wilson, Romulus Linney, Wendy Wasserstein, and Edward Albee. Check out September and August of 2006 in my previous posts on my blog if you want to see the other ones...
The caricature of John Guare was actually done last year, but I didn't have the brochure until today, so that's why I'm posting it now.
This year's caricature was of Neil Simon, but unlike most of the other playwrights, he didn't want me to caricature him in person apparently. So I worked from a photo for him. I'll post that one when I get the brochure back from the Profile Theatre.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

More Park Caricatures

I'm always interested in meeting people from all over the world, and these Park caricatures I did recently show 2 girls from Uzbekistan, a family from Indonesia, 3 American girls, a couple from Italy, and another couple from right here in New York City. They were the second couple I've drawn who got engaged through caricature. People stood around and applauded when she said yes. It was a nice moment.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Race is on

Here's my Obama and McCain. Young vs. Old, Liberal vs. Conservative, Half-African-American vs. Whitey; this election will have it all. This country is so divided it's scary... I could go on, but I'm too tired.
I think the meaning behind the stylistic differences in the artwork is obvious.

Monday, June 09, 2008

MoCCA 2008- part 2

Here's some more photos from the MoCCA festival- the first 4 are from Chip Kidd's new book on the influence of Bat-Man in Japan in the 60's. The Japanese artists came up with their own stories and art-work and created an interesting amalgam of cultures. Nothing has been written about this work until now.
The last photo is of Steve Ellis who drew "High Moon"- check him out online as well.

MoCCA 2008

Here's some photos from last weekend's Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Festival; it's an amazing showcase for alternative and independantly published sequential art. The first photo shows the famous Molly Crabapple and Fred Harper hard at work on some commissioned drawings or whatnot. The second is the Lovely Julia- singer, songwriter, and great figure-model for artists, watching over Crabapple's table. The third is the great Kim Deitch signing and drawing in my book oh his- "Shadowland". It's really a great book; nicely drawn, very creative story-telling and very engaging. The forth is one of Tara McPherson who does some great illustration and the fifth is one of Alec Longstreth standing tall. He has a great comic called "PHase 7". Check all of these people out!

CECP Summit

I did a 2-day gig last week at the Time-Warner building for the Summit meeting for Corporate Philanthropy. I had to draw all of the key speakers (40 people)- some while they were speaking and it would be presented to them in a frame by the time they were done with the speech. There were some really interesting people to draw- like Bill Clinton, Andre Agassi, and Katie Couric. They made me move out of the front position to draw Bill Clinton, (I was right in front of the podeum) so I moved off to the side and drew him from a distance. They were going to mail his caricature to him, so I don't know what he thought. Some I had to draw ahead of time, cause there were just too many people speaking- sometimes in different rooms. As is always the case, some people just don't like or appreciate caricature, so they were not always happy to get these gifts. What can I do? Then again, some people really liked them. I did my best and felt priveledged to be a part of this event. They actually do a lot of great work which benefits people all over the world. Check them out:
Sorry, I don't have any of the caricatures I did- I had to give them to the people right away.