As Peggy walked down the hallways of McCann-Erickson on her first day of work since the merger – with Bert Cooper’s old painting of an octopus pleasuring a lady tucked under one arm – she certainly sent a message. She has come a long way, Peggy Olson. And though it’s hard to say goodbye, I know good things definitely await her. The series finale was a good motivator to create some updated art; a follow-up to my 2012’s The Women of Mad Men illustrations. And just like the character of Peggy, my illustration style has evolved over the years. “”You have to run with this! It’s young! And it’s beautiful! And no one else is going to figure out how to say that about beans.” – Peggy Olson I was busy on a work deadline this weekend so I couldn’t finish my gouache painting. In the meantime, here are some work in progress pics. Farewell, Mad Men! It’s been one hell of a ride. “One minute you’re on top of the world, the next […]
Our apartment has been on the light side for a long time, so I’m ready for a change. I have been obsessed with bringing black into the color palette, though I’m still deciding which accents to paint. In the meantime, some art studio/home office inspiration from my Pinterest. sources: 1-3, 4 , 5, 6
Alice Neel is one of my favorite figurative artists, so I was excited to see her Drawings and Watercolors 1927-1978 at the David Zwirner gallery last week. I loved her so much as a young artist that I bought myself a beat-up VHS copy of Pull My Daisy just for her background cameo (now you can watch it for free on Vimeo!) Their Bowery loft was exactly how I pictured artists living together in the lower east side back in the 1950's. "she was a painter and he was a railway brakeman." Allen Ginsberg + Gregory Corso drinking beer and reading poetry before breakfast (or as breakfast) with Jack Kerouac's improvised narration over makes me swoon: "they turn over their little purple moonlight pages in which their secret naked doodles do show. secret ***scatological thought and that's why everybody wants to see it." *** interest in or treatment of obscene matters especially in literature In the spirit of throwbacks and freeform, my unfinished sketch of Alice Neel from many [...]
For my birthday this month – with snow on the ground three days into spring – we headed upstate to do two of my favorite things: thrifting + eating. I am much more selective when I thrift shop now, bringing back only a few affordable gems. Here are my curated purchases; the most expensive item being a $12 raccoon skull: Below are my handpicked cast of characters for finishing up The Sketchbook Project illustrations. So exciting! * shops: Goodwill • Hodge Podge • Salvation Army • White Whale
I've been in hibernation mode this winter. Glued to my screen, I travelled a little too far down the Wordpress rabbit hole. I've been there before. My venture into the self-hosted platform began years ago when I wanted my own blog, when the free version of Wordpress wouldn't cut it anymore. The obsession started slowly, wanting to control a widget here and there, but my customization wants never stopped and the descent into Wordpress madness truly began. Since my head has been lost inside the platform this winter (2 clients + my own site), I've wanted to make some art about it. So the artist has taken over today in order to draw you some pictures. And apparently, this artist wants green shoes too. source: photo 1
This is an exciting time to reevaluate our lives and set goals. For me, it's about accountability in 2015. I am a good worker, accountable to others when they need me. Admittedly though, I am not as accountable to myself. For some reason, when doing things just for me, I'm a little all over the place. It's easy to slip when you work from home most of the day (the only overseeing pair of eyes being the cat's). Case in point, I have signed up for The Sketchbook Project before and never completed it. I keep a personal sketchbook regularly; my sacred place of both inner calm and sketchy rage; the place I can draw whatever I want without judgement. I couldn't bring myself to share that kind of vulnerability with the world back in 2012, yet its incompleteness still haunts me. When Tim asked me what I do just for fun, I came up empty. I hadn't given fun much thought lately. Ask my Dad what he [...]
Last month I was an interim Art Director for the wonderful folks at Tablet Magazine. It was such a great experience and the team couldn't be nicer! I also illustrated an editorial piece for Tablet on "lust": My friends over at Slice Magazine asked me to illustrate another web series header. Check out their amazing work here. During this time of gratitude, I am especially thankful for my growing freelance career. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
I want to be a Charles Fréger photo this Halloween.
In sad news, Robin William's death hit me pretty hard. I think this was true for a lot of us. I am lucky enough to believe you, John Keating. Read more from my Robin Williams tribute here.