Thursday, September 25, 2008

Nichita Stanescu

Here's the third of the Romanian personalities for the show in Romania. I have two more to do and then I have to send all of the originals in and hope I'm chosen. Either way, it will be in the show, but if I'm chosen, I'll get to go over there for free.

The only thing I wish with all of these, is better photo references. Sometimes you have to make do with what they give you. The web has very little on these people...

Sunday, September 14, 2008

John Kascht's Rudy and Obama

Here's some great sketches John did of Guiliani and Obama of which were included in the video.

The Politics Show Opening at the Society of Illustrators

This was the opening of the show of Politics at the Society of Illustrators here in NYC (128 E. 63rd). It mainly featured some of the best caricaturists around, including Philip Burke, Steve Brodner, John Kacsht, and Peter DeSeve, amongst others.
Pictured here on top is one of me and my caricaturist friend, Glenn Hilario with the infamous Philip Burke- someone I've wanted to meet since around 1988. He was a nice guy- easy to talk to, and forthcoming about sharing his process. Here are some of his painting featured that night as well as a brilliant Sarah Palin by my old teacher, Steve Brodner. Steve also had his sketchbook on a pedestal so everyone could flip through it. There were also videos that he had made with the New Yorker called "The Naked Campaign" which were great to see again. Downstairs featured John Kacsht's work and also a video of him explaining his process. I met him as well and he was also a nice, down to earth fellow. I'll include one of the photos I took of his above...

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Nothing can stop me now

This is the loft my friend Alex built over my drafting table the past couple of days. It's going to help with my storage problem in my work room/common space room. It also forced me to clean up all of the stuff I had on my table for years and now I can finally use it for what it's supposed to be used for. I nailed in a thin strip of wood at the base of the table with a cut-out area for my arm when I draw. I don't know why I didn't figure this out earlier, but it makes all the difference in the world when the table is angled.
I then put the Japanese shoji screen on the side to help enclose the space and help me focus when working. I just need to reorganize now and then get back to work...