Here is an assignment done as part of my U. of Hartford MFA program. I cannot believe how fast this whole thing has gone - we wrap up this coming July culminating with a thesis exhibition in Hartford, which I'll pester all of you about. I hope to set up subsequent shows in various locales as well. As a measure of how thouroughly I have enjoyed it all, I just don't want it to end. In fact, I might try to fail out so they tack on another year or so.
This illustration is tough to see horizontally online, so I pieced it together below for interested eyes....
Drawings done with a Pentel Brush pen on paper or vellum (over my sketch).
Included in the current get-together, Mr. Assad, Mr. Morsi, Mr. Jintao, Mr. Ah-ma-dine-jad on the sitar, Ms. Rousseff, and Mr. Karimov, (clockwise from the first knucklehead). C'mon, leaders, lighten up!!!
El Paso,.... as performed by these two fine gentlemen in a Mexican restaurant down in Fort Worth. These are a few new pieces that I have created that I will probably use as part of my master's thesis with the University of Hartford. The program is just fantastic, I love it... only it is going by far too quickly... . At this time, I am focusing broadly on portraits for my thesis, but we'll see where this all goes. For this illustration, I was inspired by the great Jack Unruh, who I finally had the chance to meet in Fort Worth.
Bucky's First Flurry, ink, watercolor, colored pencil, digital. Who knows where this came from. I've been bringing to finish various sketchbook ramblings... While this might have zero commercial application, I'm enjoying the journey. I find I keep coming back to the architecture and street scenes of depressed neighborhoods, toys as props, Aboriginal dots, surreal variation in scale, and a central image surrounded by smaller bits.
The Environmentalist. Mixed media... Below, some details...
Thats all for now... The Hartford MFA program really is a great experience on so many levels. Anyone interested, just gimme a ring any time. Heres their website for more: Hartford MFA.
A few months ago when the Red Sox were leading the league in things other than losses, I posted some of my illustrations from F is for Fenway, a children's ABC book by Sleeping Bear Press. The Red Sox are out, but my Fenway book will be part of an upcoming Society of Illustrators show. Work from the book will be on exhibit at the Society in The Original Art 2012 - An Exhibition of Children's Book Illustration.
The show opens October 24, 2012 and will run through December 22, 2012. Thats two long months of visual bliss. Check out all sorts of interesting stuff about the show at the Society of Illustratorsweb site. I hope to see y'all at the opening on Thursday, October 25, 2012.
In other baseball news, here are a few recent illustrations for a magazine that the U.S.P.S. publishes. The article was on Triple-A league baseball and the excitement around the games. And, how they use the Postal Service in successful marketing, of course.