May 29, 2009

The Many Faces of David Johnson

David Johnson emailed us last week with this story about a portrait job he had just finished. As you may know, David is one of our most traditional artists, working in pen and ink from start to finish. But today art directors expect every artist to be a master of fast revisions. At the last possible minute, David was asked to make his previously stern subject smile for the readers. Luckily for everyone, he's been honing his photoshop skills.

David Johnson double whammy

May 27, 2009

Dinotrux are here!

Publishers Weekly agrees with us, Chris Gall's Dinotrux is "hilariously imagined [with] creatures that suggest the offspring of R. Crumb creations and the Transformers." Yes, the book has been released. You can read the article here, or just go buy the book.

Behold, the beauty of nature's-OHMYGOD!

Rick Farrell

This week’s featured illustrator is Rick Farrell

In Praise of Public Art: An Introduction

By José Maria Sert, 1941

Recently, with the economic downturn and Shepard Fairy in the news because of his guerilla style art, my thoughts have been turned toward the last real depression. While happening a generation ago, there are still many things that came out of the Depression in which we can relish in today. A passion of mine (although by no means something I follow everyday) are great displays of public art. I am not speaking only of the art from the Great Depression and WPA projects that went on, but great demonstrations of it from the largest of corporations and great benefactors to wonderful public works like parks and bridges to beautiful items that adorn public locations.


Perhaps one should define what public art is, as there can be many interpretations of that idea. My personal definition is: Displays of art in places where the public at large can view them. This excludes in corporate collections (although there are some great ones) and museums. It can be painting, sculpture or designs that are viewed in the round, like a great play. This being said, public art can also be determined by the viewer. So my definition is not what my friends might be.

In the coming weeks I am going to address public art that is, mostly but not all, in New York City (The only reason for this is, this is where I am and will be in the coming weeks). As I travel I will also attempt to do posts from other areas in the US and around the world. I would also like to hear from you, as I am by no means an authority on such things.

Part 2: Rockefeller Center Sculpture and Art

May 1, 2009