Amid Capeci 1961-2012
Maybe I'm the wrong person to be posting a tribute as there are probably any number of fellow Drawgerites who were on closer terms with Amid Capeci. I didn't do that many illustrations for him in the course of our association. But the news of his death today truly shook me as yet another example of cosmic malevolence.
I have only known Amid on a professional level; as an illustrator working for an art director, but never once did I get the feeling from Amid that it was strictly a professional relationship. He had an incredibly natural and relaxed way of making you feel like a friend and colleague. He was so good natured and good humored and possessed a playful enthusiasm when collaborating on an idea and the sketching process.
I thank him for that call in 2006 on a relatively quick turnaround illustration for ROLLING STONE's 'National Affairs' column that turned out to be my big foot in the door and has led to one of the most satisfying working relationships in my career. He didn't remain long with RS after that first assignment, moving over to NEWSWEEK. He called me in on a nice handful of assignments, including one cover, and as much fun as they all were, the ease and pleasure of working for this true gentleman and class act was what made the illustrations such a joy. Even the pieces that never made it to print were mitigated by the reality of yet another opportunity of having worked with Amid. We kept in a casual contact via emails and not much more. And when a call came it was with a casual warmth that made you feel you had gone out for a couple beers just the other day.
I can't say much more, other than Amid's death rattled me in ways I did not expect. Maybe because he was way too young. Maybe because he was way too human and accessible. Maybe it's that the older we get the more we become aware of our sorrow when good people pass away.
I don't consider this just my post. I invite the Drawger community to send me some of your favorite assignments and recollections and I'll add them to this thread. I would also like to know who did the photo portrait of Amid so I can give credit.
Sincerest condolences to Amid's family.
That great photo above that so captures Amid's spirit is by Glenn Glasser.