Edel Rodriguez
August 2008
These are some quickie sketches I did this afternoon for Leanne Shapton at The New York Times Op Ed on the day's events—Obama stadium speech wind down/Palin VP selection.  In the end we went with the image below, the intersection of events being a turning point for both parties.
Sarah Palin of Alaska, huh?   This election gets more and more interesting all the time.
The letters and art are online HERE.
Barack Obama, by Philip Burke
On this important day in American history, I wanted to post a portrait of Barack Obama.  This painting by the great Philip Burke will be part of the upcoming POLITICS 08 show at The Society of Illustrators.   The original art is on canvas and is 4 feet by 5 feet tall.

POLITICS 08, Opening reception, Friday September 12, 6-9pm, Society of Illustrators
The Politics show I've been organizing is coming together. 
The opening reception for the artists is Friday, September 12, 6-9pm. 
FREE and open to the public. 
Please come to the reception and bring your friends. 
A list of the artists in the show is below,
thanks to all for taking part in this important exhibition.
Show at Lonsdale Gallery in Toronto, Opening this Saturday, August 16th, 1-4pm
I'm part of a two person show in Toronto from August 16th to September 7th at Lonsdale Gallery.    I'll be showing all of the drawings and paintings done for Toronto's Soulpepper Theatre, along with many of my Cuba drawings.  A total of 50 works.
I'll be up in Toronto for the opening, please drop by on Saturday, August, 16th, 1-4pm, if you're in the city.  Some of the works in the show are below.  A number of the Cuba drawings were part of TIME magazine's feature here.  This is the first time they will be for sale.

Please contact the gallery for pricing and availability:

Lonsdale Gallery
410 Spadina Road
Toronto, Ontario
tel:  (416) 487-9604
'As You Like It', Acrylic and ink on bark paper, 15" x 15"
'Night Mother', Acrylic and ink on bark paper, 15" x 15"
'Way of the World', Acrylic and ink on bark paper, 15" x 15"
'Ring Around the Moon', Acrylic on bark paper, 15" x 15"
'As You Like It #2', Pencil, charcoal, and acrylic on paper, 15" x 15"
'Salt-Water Moon #2', Pencil, charcoal, and pastel on paper, 15" x 15"
'Baile #1', Ink on paper, 9" x 10"
'Sangre', Pastel, ink, and acrylic on paper, 11" x 18"
'Gallina', pastel and ink on paper, 11" x 7"
'Mujer', Ink on vellum, 11" x 14"
'Cementerio', pastel and ink on paper, 9" x 12"
'En Nosotros Está la Victoria', Pastel, colored pencil, and ink on paper, 11" x 9"
'Puerco', Pastel and ink on paper, 13" x 10"
'El Transporte', Acrylic on paper, 18" x 14"
'Baile #2', Ink on paper, 8" x 14"
'A Dog in a Hat' book cover
Cover with type
This is a cover I did recently for a book about the world of cycling in Belgium.  It's titled "A Dog in a Hat, an American Bike Racer's Story of Mud, Drugs, Blood, Betrayal, and Beauty in Belgium".  Thought I'd post it up for all my fellow Drawger bicyclists.  The book is available online here.
Final art
These were some of the other sketches I worked on.
Work for Terra Magazine on troubled youth
I worked on a cover and several interior images for Terra, a research magazine published by Oregon State University.  They were highlighting a study on prisoners, looking at their childhood, teenage years, and what led them to gangs and violence.  It also discussed ways to keep men from returning to prison once they were out.
The cover is above and the interiors below.  I wanted something to bring together the interior images and thought of using the same shape, a red bandana/tie, to show the different stages—boy scout, gang member, and a businessperson.  The art director is Santiago Uceda.
Boy Scout
Gang member
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