Edel's first portfolio post inspired me to scan these in, from one of my early portfolios upon freshly getting out of art school. For some reason I still have some c-prints of these lying around. I developed these drawings in my senior year, 1987, I believe they were oil pastel.
Like many young freshly graduated art students, I was hoping to get published in Rolling Stone. So, I drew a few charicatures and showed them to Gail Anderson, who freely offered criticism and advice. It wasn't until a few years later that she entrusted me with assignments. Here was my attempt at the "Let's Dance" era David Bowie.
This is a somewhat misguided attempt to illustrate Werner Erhardt's "Est" cult.
I was trying to include some economic images in my portfolio, so I made this somewhat generic image about oil.
My clumsy attempts at concept were going up against giants like David Suter and Brad Holland, but I did my best to figure out how to do it well enough to be given a shot. Stephen Taylor at Business Week was one of the first people to hire me in this style, it turned out to be a good relationship because even though I blew the first assignment by misunderstanding the dense material, he kept me on and had confidence I could get it right. Sadly, I've lost track of the pieces that I did for him.
It was a strange style. I liked to draw buildings. I still do.
Yes, these were the times of "Purple Rain". Not to mention, giant corporate record companies fueding over artist's properties.
They were also the times of Bush Senior, and a deep recession. I made my living waiting tables and tending bar. I don't know quite what I was trying to do with this piece, but there it is.
I made this piece, "Urban Jungle", into one of my first color mailers. Nicki Kalish at the NY Times liked it, and so began a relationship of doing work with her and others at the Times, even as my style changed and evolved. Ironically, many years later I'm developing this idea into a new children's book.