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Ellen Surrey and Loris Lora
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Loris Lora (left) Ellen Surrey (right)

We see a lot of talented young artists graduate from Art Center every semester, and every now and then there are some who really stand out and look like they have everything they need to start their careers, smart ideas, good taste, and the skills to make beautiful  images. This spring, we saw two like that.
Ellen Surrey and Loris Lora, are fantastic young illustrators that are just starting to show their work around and starting to get assignments.
Ellen Surrey

Ellen Surrey

Ellen Surrey

Ellen Surrey

Loris Lora

Loris Lora

Loris Lora

Loris Lora

Ellen and Loris are good friends and I’ve noticed their friendship is made of equal measures of support and competition that has driven each to make their best work.
If I was an art director, I’d be checking out their websites and figuring out an assignment for them soon.
http://www.lorislora.com/
http://www.ellensurrey.com/
Five Guys Named Moe
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The Arena Stage in Washington DC has been producing beautifully illustrated posters for years. Art director Nicky Lindeman called to see if I’d design a poster to be part of their 2014-5 season, for “Five Guys Named Moe.” a musical revue of Louis Jordan songs written by the great actor Clarke Peters (The Wire and Treme.) Anyone who has listened to Louis Jordan records knows that his music is filled with a lot of energy and humor, and chickens. I tried to bring some of those qualities to this design.
These pieces from the Harlem Renaissance served as inspiration for the style of the poster, Winold Reiss, left, Miguel Covarrubias, right.

I also brought a little Juan Gris to this one.

Rough thumbnail sketches, the story begins when five guys named Moe pop out of a radio to give advice about life, drinking and big-legged women.

Sketch 1

Sketch 2

On the Road: Illustrated Scroll 7
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Ben-Hur and The Hollywood Epics
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I always watched Ben-Hur whenever it showed up on The Million-Dollar-Movie on Saturday afternoon when I was a kid. It’s a sweeping epic that even Charlton  Heston’s acting couldn’t spoil.
So when Milan Editions Musique asked me to design the cover of their collection of theme music from great Hollywood epics, I was ready to go. I pictured Mr. Heston arriving at a premiere in his white chariot from the movie drawn in a flat Deco-ish style.
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