Farmer Market sketch 5/11/12
Some sketch portraits from among 28 or so I did for the new Chicago Stories by Michael Czyzniejewski, 40 short & punchy fictions in the voices of famous Chicagoans, just released from publisher Curbside Splendor — get yours here, paperback (best) or electronic. Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, first resident of ChicagoMayor Jane Byrne Nathan Leopold & Richard Loeb Steve Dahl, of...
Portrait batch for Czyniejewski's Chicago Stories
Dennis Rodman Barreling through sketch portraits for Chicago Stories by Michael Czyzniejewski — 25 or so by time I’m through, quick shots above and below of today’s crop for your interests. Total roster are attendants to Chicago history small and large, humanities rendered in swift fictional monologues by Mikey Chiz. Dennis Rodman David Yow I call Michael “Mikey...
Chicago Stories by Czyzniejewski
Cover has just been approved, and I’m working diligently now on a whole slew of portraits for Chicago Stories by Michael Czyzniejewski, forthcoming this spring from Curbside Splendor. I’ll share some in-progress sneak-peeks as we proceed! Really exciting project — great folks to work with, and a delight reading Mr. Czyzniejewski’s sophisticated renderings of...
Component renderings from project for Chicago Opera Vanguard at AV-Aerie (RIP), 2009. Turned these up the other day moving some rolls of paper, just though I’d share. Click them to see them bigger.
Visual Reportage from China, c1890
Bound sets of Chinese huabao, c1890. D.B. Dowd, an illustrator, visual journalist and teacher in St. Louis, Missouri, is at work on an exhibition project called Drawing Conclusions: The Illustrator as Reporter, projected for 2014 and including historical examples of illustrated press from China. I stumbled Dowd’s posts about these today and am very excited to see more. In 1872, a Chinese...
Chicago Tribune Cartoonists, 1931
Excerpt from the silent 1931 promotional documentary “From Trees to Tribunes,” featuring the Chicago Tribune company’s stable of cartoonists at that time: John T. McCutcheon Gaar Williams Carey Orr Sidney Smith of “The Gumps” Frank King of “Gasoline Alley” Frank Willard of “Moon Mullins” Carl Ed of “Harold Teen” Martin...
five buildings as if on one block together
Click on any of these images to see them bigger. Gene’s Sausage Shop, ChicagoFielded an interesting challenge from art director Josh Engleman at Time Out Chicago: draw five specific restaurants — spread across town in reality — as if they were on the same imaginary block together. Coulda really spent a lot of time geeking-out on this one but had to turn it around pretty quick — maybe...
Zermatt: Hotel Valliserhof
Untitled, originally uploaded by Art of the Luggage Label. From a set of images of hotel luggage labels by L.M. Kohler, posted by Tom Schifanella on Flickr.
En Route Project in Chicago
I contributed a small, stealthy art effort to this really interesting theater project going on right now in Chicago — can’t say what I did exactly or show pictures without spoiling it, but if you’re in Chicago at all now through August 13th, I’d encourage you to check it out: en routeJuly 12 — August 13, Tuesday — Saturday Downtown Chicago, multiple locations 3 times a...
stacked stencils, before i put em away
hands up high
UP THERE, an absolutely beautiful documentary about practitioners of hand-painted outdoor signage, from “Jon” on Vimeo. More about the project at uptherefilm.com. Thanks to Post Family for the heads-up (pun, although convenient, not intended). Reminds me how much I enjoyed James Rosenquist’s memoir “Painting Below Zero” — dig that too if you enjoy the movie...
cartoon projected at "New Chicago Style" event...
Was a great surprise last Thursday night to arrive and see my cartoon projected behind readers at “The New Chicago Style,” an event hosted by Another Chicago Magazine (ACM) and the City of Chicago’s Publishing Industry Programs. The image also serves the wrap-around cover of ACM #50, which came out last winter and features a bunch of really great work exclusively from Chicago...
sketches at lunch
with a couple of IPAs before & after fish tacos a little while ago at Black Beetle on Chicago Avenue ~ click to see bigger
Pecha Kucha: Humanity and the Environment
Here’s video of my short presentation last week as part of Pecha Kucha: Humanity & the Environment, hosted by Rudy Ruderman at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Nine people presented 20 slides apiece, with 20 seconds per slide to speak. I tried to demo my trajectory from painting within rectangles to murals, specifically my installation at DePaul University Art Museum in 2010...
20 slides, 20 seconds apiece re: Humanity &...
This Wednesday 4/27 in Chicago: I’ll be up — only for about seven minutes — discussing some of my paintings from observation and in response to environments. Nine people will present 20 slides apiece with 20 seconds per slide to speak. Pecha Kucha 20x20: Humanity & the EnvironmentColumbus Auditorium, 280 S Columbus Drive$10, 6pmPresenters include: Kelly Pope: “The ins and...
random 050702: "Beep Boop Beep Boop"
10/13/06 doodle after a "J Neill"
a bunch of sharks
i’ve got miles of little cartoon marginalia like these floating around, every so often they pop up — today i’m trying to round up some for demonstration purposes, and heck, maybe need to make something forward out of ‘em… licensed packages? street paste-ups? t-shirts/tattoos? what am i doing.