Edel Rodriguez
February 2011
Gaddafi for Newsweek
This Gaddafi portrait is a full page illustration for this week's Newsweek magazine.  Thanks to Leah Purcell (art director) for the assignment and to Tina Brown (editor) for going with the image.  Detail and my original sketch below.

pencil sketch

In the Galleries

I have a number of paintings that art part of a group show in NYC, the gallery is at 175 7th Avenue at 20th street, the show closes this Sunday.  Gallery hours are 11am-7pm, noon-6pm (sunday).   I've been wanting to post some images from some other shows in the Chelsea area that I've seen over the last few weeks.   Please scroll below to view them.  
The first artists are Los Carpinteros, a couple of guys from Havana that I've liked for a while.   Their work has been in many fairs and shown in museums internationally.   Their current show is at Sean Kelly Gallery, 528 w 29 street, through March 19. I met them while I was down in Miami for Art Basel, they work between Havana and Madrid.  A new monograph of their work is available if you're interested, here it is.

Below is the work of Robin Williams, a young painter showing at PPOW.  Great show with about 10-15 large paintings.  She was a student at RISD with Chris Buzzelli I think.  Check out her site here.  The show runs through this Saturday, 535 west 22 st, 3rd floor

and finally, Marcel Dzama has a new show at David Zwirner gallery, 525 west 19th street, through March 19th.  Drawings, sculpture and film.

Cute Puppies
"Amores Perros", Mexican film, The New Yorker

Rwanda, BYU magazine

New York Times Op Ed

Rwanda, BYU magazine

Havana sketchbook

Plansponsor magazine

The New Republic, cover

The New Republic, inside illo


I've been constantly following the news coming out of Egypt and making images as I think of them, here are a few.  The illustration below ended up in the New York Times. 

Animation Series
Last week I was asked to create a series of 4 short animations for the Winter Arts Guide of the Boston Globe.   The four images above would appear in print in the paper.  Using a smart phone app, the reader can place their phone over the printed illustration and the image would 'come alive' on their phone.  The animations are also used on their website.   I created all the storyboards for the movement and made the final illustrations, along with a couple of in betweens when necessary.  All of the animation was done by Chuck Gammage Animation.  Below is some of the process of how it all came together, along with the final video from the website.  Thanks to Dan Zedek for the assignment and to Chuck Gammage and Tanya Beach for working on the animation.
storyboard for 'Mary Poppins'

Final art

'Mary Poppins' night scene

storyboard for 'Cardillac', an opera

'Cardillac' is an opera, the story is about a goldsmith that murders people to retrieve his creations.  The final image above is printed in the newspaper, I thought of it as a kind of poster for the opera.
Lucinda Williams sequence

Final art

Storyboard for 'Doug Varone Dancers', modern ballet

a link of the final animations above, from the Globe website
The final animations are below, higher res video links here:
Mary Poppins
Modern dance
Lucinda Williams

Above is a video showing how the 'augmented reality' app from Junaio works.
work in SI Show and lecture
"The Oath", for The New Yorker, pastel and ink on paper, Jordan Awan - AD

My recent lecture at the Society of Illustrators has been posted online, you can check it out here.
These are the images that were selected for the Editorial and Book exhibition opening this Friday night at the Society of Illustrators, more info on the show here.  Along with the presentation of the medals, Francoise Mouly will be accepting the Richard Gangel Art Director award.  There will be live music from The Half-Tones (Barry Blitt, Joe Ciardiello, and Michael Sloan).  Hope to see you there.
"American Politics", acrylic on paper, Pentagram (client), D.J. Stout - AD

Poster for Earth Hour, selected for next month's Advertising exhibition

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