February 25, 2011

Fried Green Tomatoes

Back in November when my staff and I went to the annual American Illustration/American Photography party in SoHo, NYC, I ran into my old friend Julie Lieberman. She is a terrific artist who for the past 20+ years has been on the faculty of The Savannah College of Art and Design. We were happy to see each other after ten years… caught up and gossiped.


She invited me to come down to Savannah in the new year to speak to the illustration students and to review their portfolios.  When I was there ten years ago I had a great time and recall how dedicated the students were. I told Julie that I would be happy to make the trip as long as I would be able to include one of my artists so we could do a tag team demo. I have found from past experience that for me it is best to show students the process that goes on vis-a-vis an agent and his artist. I suggested John Mattos, a great vector artist and a wonderful raconteur.



Apart from doing our stuff, we were taken on a whirlwind tour of Savannah, including a ghost tour and some fabulous meals. Savannah is truly a beautifully preserved city, charming, and to my surprise dominated by SCAD. It seemed like every other building housed one of the innumerable art departments. I also found out that they have campuses in Atlanta, Hong Kong, and France to accommodate their 10,000 students… can’t beat that.

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Allan Drummond, the Chair of the Illustration Department, ensured that everything went off without a hitch. He has a passion for art and is just as passionate about his students. He is a very successful illustrator that specializes in picture books with a unique charm.

I was so impressed with the student body that I made an announcement for interns and I think as of today we had about 10 requests for internships at our office. That says something about the dedication of those students.





Enough said, let’s look at pictures. 



Richard and John.



Sightseeing.



John explains his process...



...and I explain mine.



Q and A.



The auditorium was filled with eager art students.



John reviews a student's work...



...and another's.



He gives helpful advice.



John and I relax between assignments.



Julie Lieberman and Allan Drummond.



Julie's painting of a ghost story.



She is also a sand sculptor. "Terrapin Towers".



 A sampling of Allan Drummond's work.



Props to my former intern and current SCAD student Jesse who put up with my crap and 
was a great tour guide and chauffeur. Couldn't have done it without her.



Farewell beautiful Savannah!



Here is a sampling of the leave-behinds that we were given by the students who's portfolios 
we reviewed. Thanks guys!



February 15, 2011

Annual Editorial/Book Award Ceremony at Society of Illustrators

On Friday evening Feb 4th, the Annual Editorial and Book Preview and Award Ceremony took place at the SOI. My staff and I attended and as always had a wonderful time mingling, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I thought that the show was an honest reflection of where illustration is today. You might say that classic painting and digital art now co-habit the same space and time.


We took snapshots of the scene and I’m including images of artworks done by artists that are in our group.


Life can be rather serendipitous in our business. Some time ago, an artist contacted me, as so many do, and sent along his portfolio. My staff, who always looks at submissions first said to me “You should check this guy out.” I was very impressed. And we wrote back and forth to each other. I didn’t realize at the time that he was coming to NY from France to pick up a gold medal. Right before the award ceremony, my assistant Kay tapped me on the shoulder and said “That artist we all like is here tonight… Talk to him.” After congratulating him for winning his medal, I asked him to come by the office on Monday to chat and to bring along his portfolio. To make a long story short, his name is Thomas Ehretsmann… he brought his portfolio and his originals which blew us all away. He’s got a signature style and a consistent body of work that reminds me of the classic painter, La Tour.


Before he left for France, he and I agreed to work together. Just shows you if an agent keeps his mind open to change, you never know where you will find great talent.





Eddie Guy

C.F. Payne

Goni Montes

Edel Rodriguez, Ross Macdonald, my artist Chris Gall, Vincent Bourgeau

Jo Ann Miller of Directory of Illustration and myself

Steve Brodner and Jason Seiler

Another one of Sterling Hundley’s

Edward Kinsella

Owen Smith’s Art

Mark Burckhardt recieves the Hamilton King Award

Yuko Shimizu and this year’s Chair, Edel Rodriguez

Thomas Ehretsmann, our newest artist, receives his gold medal


Jason Seiler and His Wife / Richard and Ana

It’s My Party!!




Every year, in conjunction with the Society of Illustrators Book and Editorial show, I throw a party in honor of my artists. This year was no exception and we gathered at my office on Saturday afternoon around 1:00 pm to eat, drink, and schmooze. We always have a good time, get to know each other better, tell war stories, and have a couple of laughs. I had the brainstorm of catering the party by one of my favorite restaurants “Café Mingala”, one of the very few Burmese restaurants in NYC. I think my artists were somewhat hesitant to dig in at first but once they tried it, they became instant fans of Burmese cuisine… NYC has its advantages.
I hope you will enjoy a few snapshots we took over the course of the afternoon.


Jami and Natasha from TheIspot talk to Mark T. Smith.


Goni Montes and Maria Ragusa-Burfield of Altpick chow down.






Deborah Beckett and Mark Summers having some laughs.



ames Bennett explaining his process to Bob Pastore and Jeanne




Jo Ann Miller of the Directory of Illustration and Tim Bower are captivated by a Mark Summer’s story.


Mark Wiener talks art.




Having some laughs.


I hit a high note.


All line up to send a card to a sick friend.

February 10, 2011

Annual Editorial/Book Award Ceremony at Society of Illustrator

On Friday evening Feb 4th, the Annual Editorial and Book Preview and Award Ceremony took place at the SOI. My staff and I attended and as always had a wonderful time mingling, catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. I thought that the show was an honest reflection of where illustration is today. You might say that classic painting and digital art now co-habit the same space and time.

We took snapshots of the scene and I'm including images of artworks done by artists that are in our group.

Life can be rather serendipitous in our business. Some time ago, an artist contacted me, as so many do, and sent along his portfolio. My staff, who always looks at submissions first said to me "You should check this guy out." I was very impressed. And we wrote back and forth to each other. I didn't realize at the time that he was coming to NY from France to pick up a gold medal. Right before the award ceremony, my assistant Kay tapped me on the shoulder and said "That artist we all like is here tonight... Talk to him." After congratulating him for winning his medal, I asked him to come by the office on Monday to chat and to bring along his portfolio. To make a long story short, his name is Thomas Ehretsmann... he brought his portfolio and his originals which blew us all away. He's got a signature style and a consistent body of work that reminds me of the classic painter, La Tour.

Before he left for France, he and I agreed to work together. Just shows you if an agent keeps his mind open to change, you never know where you will find great talent.

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February 9, 2011

It's My Party!!

Every year, in conjunction with the Society of Illustrators Book and Editorial show, I throw a party in honor of my artists. This year was no exception and we gathered at my office on Saturday afternoon around 1:00 pm to eat, drink, and schmooze. We always have a good time, get to know each other better, tell war stories, and have a couple of laughs. I had the brainstorm of catering the party by one of my favorite restaurants “Café Mingala”, one of the very few Burmese restaurants in NYC. I think my artists were somewhat hesitant to dig in at first but once they tried it, they became instant fans of Burmese cuisine… NYC has its advantages.

I hope you will enjoy a few snapshots we took over the course of the afternoon.
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