Friday, May 23, 2008

Leyendecker Exhibition

On Wednesday at the Society of Illustrators in NY an exhibition of J.C. Leyendecker original paintings opened to the public. I was there for the opening and it blew my mind. I all but ignored the people I know because I was busy staring at the work in amazemement. I plan on going back this weekend and probably a couple other times over the next few weeks to see it again because I can't stop thinking about it.

J.C. Leyendecker was Norman Rockwell's idol back in the early part of the 20th century. He's got 100% of the skills PLUS a kick-ass design sense and and a very strong sense of style. He's the GTA 4 of illustrators.

Make time to check it out. The show is up until the 12 of July and is called "Americans Abroad," and features several other good golden age illustrators (but no one in the league of Mr. Leyendecker).

Here's a link to learn more

all the best,


Friday, May 09, 2008

Poor, Neglected Sketchbook!

Often I recommend to people who are bored or stuck with what they're doing to start an "ugly sketchbook" where they experiment and do whatever they want, and to keep it private.

Well, I haven't been keeping up to that myself lately because I've been so busy... and I'm showing off some of it here, so I guess that makes me a hypocrite... but here are several pages from one of my "ugly" sketchbooks. I usually sketch in these while I'm on the train or at a coffee shop, using whatever materials I can find, including coffee, to make the images.

Anyway I've felt a bit stifled in my sketching in recent months, but after teaching part of an illustration course at MICA in Baltimore last month I found that I picked up a lot of energy from being around the students and really felt like doodling again.

Here is my official plug of the other instructors' sites:
Daniel Krall
Sam Weber
(both are real manly men and more talented than myself)

Next I'm going to start looking for a good life drawing workshop...