July 21, 2017
Art, politics, angels, demons . . . and righteous dogs.

Shut Up and Draw

If I have a motto it’s this: Shut Up and Draw.

We allow so much interference in our creative process. Certain artists have techniques of cutting through all that and get their arm moving. Once that happens, magic can take place. Here are two cases in point. One, John Hendrix, who recently had his Star Wars painting written up. It is his portrait of the film from memory. I call this technique the Hendrix Scroll. Take what you know and go. Don’t worry about design, draughtsmanship, calligraphy. Those things find their own way in a looser form. John makes it happen. If you can do this you will be looser for the work to come. The point is movement that allows the door to open to the unknown, unexpected and truly exciting. It happens. Trust me.

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Example two is Michel Gondrry, director and artist behind the new film about Noam Chomsky: “Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?”

Here is his sketch of Amy Goodman at Democracy Now. Notice how he is not concerned about likeness or design. He just goes, knowing that the act of drawing will make magic happen. And it does.


That is his attitude behind the whole Chomsky film as a matter of fact. The Democracy Now interview is below.

 

Seen and Heard Around Town

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If Looks Could Kill

For those who saw my Facebook post about the eyes I drew the other day, here’s the rest of him. Yep, it’s the Uncaped Cruzader himself. For a new cover for The Nation. For a wonderful piece by RICK PERLSTEIN on the Tea Party and how far back the Paranoid Style in American Politics goes. Spoiler alert: it goes WAAAAY Back. Left to right: Jesse Helms, Ronald Reagan, Grover Norquist, Newt Gingrich, Barry Goldwater, Tailgunner Joe McCarthy.

Thanks to designer Robert Best who is making this magazine sing as never before, Roane Carey, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editors.

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Here’s my first sketch:

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Final sketch:

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The cover out today:

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And this just in: a FOX meltdown over the piece.

The always delightful Greta Van Susteren going off on it.  Oh, Foxnewsbabe I love you don’t do this to me!  Upset apparently, that we see Ted next to Joe. They’re just enjoying a little Lipton moment!  C’mon.

The fun here is that while she and friends below can’t stand the connection with McCarthy, they, simultaneously say that we need another on like him!!!  So what’s wrong with Ted?  He already looks just like him.  An embarrassment of riches! Below is assistant Lisa tweeting away on this. Both of us having a high old time at the studio today. Thanks to Rick Perlstein.Screen Shot 2013-11-08 at 4.58.26 PM

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Illustration Next @ SVA Tuesday

Tuesday Nov. 5, 7PM, at the SVA amphitheater, open to the public.
An update of a lecture I gave in 2010 discussing the work that artists are doing outside the traditional editorial framework. This is in acknowledgement of the changing world we all live in.
I didn’t feel I was doing a complete enough job as teacher (I have both sophomore and senior portfolio classes) unless I could represent, to the best of my ability, a picture of the world of illustration as it is, and what it is becoming.
This is not to say that I feel that print is going away. It is changing in its presence and role. Many of the projects seen in Illustration Next have found their way into books, various new publications. Also web-based entities are finding print to be an interesting iteration of work done online. The main thing that has changed is that artists are becoming much more content-providers and producers. Project ideas originate with us much more now. Of course the phone will ring with projects that we are right for. But these are living more and more, side by side with one’s own projects, born, raised and sent off into the world (and then sending home a golden coin) by artists.

More than ever the world of illustration is the stuff that dreams are made of. Here, below, are a few of the more than 50 artists who will be featured in our talk.
All colleagues and students very welcome.
Here are a few of the many artists participating:
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My Favorite Things

For those of you on the Swing Shift tonight. Click on this beauty and sail through the night. John Coltrane and Jones, Dolphy, Tyner, Peterson, etc, etc. Thanks to Julio Pimintel (subscribe to him on Youtube!)

LIVE IN GERMANY 1960

Personnel

John Coltrane (Tenor & Soprano Sax)
Wynton Kelly (Piano)
Paul Chambers (Bass)
Jimmy Cobb (Drums)
with guests
Oscar Peterson (Piano)
Stan Getz (Tenor Sax)

Playlist:
On Green Dolphin Street
Walkin’
The Theme
Autumn Leaves
What’s New
Autumn In NY
Hackensack

LIVE IN GERMANY 1961

Personnel

John Coltrane (Tenor & Soprano Sax)
Eric Dolphy (Alto Sax & Flute)
McCoy Tyner (Piano)
Reggie Workman (Bass)
Elvin Jones (Drums)

Playlist:
My Favorite Things
Everytime We Say Goodbye
Impressions

LIVE IN BELGIUM 1965

Personnel

John Coltrane (Tenor & Soprano Sax)
McCoy Tyner (Piano)
Jimmy Garrison (Bass)
Elvin Jones (Drums)

Playlist:
Vigil
Naima
My Favorite Things

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