May 21, 2010

The New Yorker

Ever look at a New Yorker cover and wonder where the idea came from, and how it came about? I did… a long time ago in a galaxy far far away, before I was an agent. I’d be sitting in my doctor’s office nervously awaiting my appointment and recent copies of The New Yorker would be stacked up on the waiting room table. (Not to digress but has anybody ever finished a New Yorker article in a doctor’s office?)

Anyway, back to the subject. I was always curious about the origin of these wonderful artworks that had a certain surrealistic quality and, more often than not, had nothing to do with the content inside of the magazine. They were always most intriguing and it seemed that the cover artists never ran out of provocative pieces.

Years later, Eric Drooker joined our group with a plethora of New Yorker covers in his portfolio. It was fascinating to learn that all of his ideas were presented cold as concepts directly to the Art Editor, Françoise Mouly. Some made it, some didn’t. But with over 30 covers since 1994, he certainly has hit the target more often than not.

Here you can see his process for a recent cover... I have also included a shot of Eric and the poet Allen Ginsberg. Sure, Eric’s a very talented guy and when he was starting out one of his goals was to see his work on the New Yorker, but that was only a dream… Sometimes dreams come true.

Eric is a third generation New Yorker born and raised on Manhattan Island. He now lives with his family in Berkeley California in addition to his New Yorker pieces he has worked on numerous magazines, books, and CD covers. He is the award-winning author of several books, including “FLOOD! A Novel in Pictures” (1992), “Blood Song: A Silent Ballad” (2002), and “Illuminated Poems” (a collaboration with the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, re-released in 2006). His art hangs in various collections, and has been exhibited internationally.

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