Hi everyone . Here is a piece I recently finished up for a collection of short stories by author Michael Yachnik. It's a self published project which illustrators were invited to collaborate with Michael and it was a blast. Hope you enjoy and look out for another piece from this project soon!
Recently I was asked by AD Jordan Awan from the New Yorker to illustrate an article by Hilton Als about an off broadway production of Ed Bullins' The Fabulous Miss Marie. This marks the first illustration that I've done for the New Yorker and it has been a publication that I've wanted to work with since I became an illustrator. Thanks again to Jordan Awan for giving me an oppritunity to work with him and I hope you enjoy the painting and the article that it illustrates.
I was recently contacted by Mike Petteys, Art Director for the National Labor Federation calendar to do a illustration based off of the Farm Workers for the month of June. I was sent out to document the dairy farm workers that work around the nearby city of Syracuse and create a painting that went along with an article encouraging students to volunteer their semester breaks. The illustration is titled out to pasture because reflects the expendability of farm workers (whose average life span is somewhere around 40 years old) and their unfortunate parallels with dairy cows who have lost their ability to produce work and as a result are discarded by being put out to pasture ( where they are eventually sold to meat processing facilities) in order to make way for newer cows. Special thanks to Chuck Pyle for recommending me for this amazing project.
Hello Everyone. Having alot of things tied up in NDAs means the blog goes on a hiatus sometimes. That being said , Here's a new theatre poster I finished for the 2013-2014 SUNY Fredonia Theatre and Dance Season. Enjoy !
Here is a new illustration done for DreamMine.com, an upcoming web project by designer Jason Dilworth. This illustration chronicles "Koyle's Dream ",one of the many scenes in the story of the Dream Mine. Google the story if you want to read some fantastical stuff. Enjoy!
I apologize for the lag in posts. I am waiting for work to either be photographed or released from NDA's . On that note, here is a piece that I recently did for Fantasy Flight Games. Major thanks again to Andy Christensen for the opportunity to work with him again. Enjoy!
After a great weekend at the Society of Illustrators NY (post to follow) I finished up the last of the poster art I did for SUNY Fredonia's Department of Theatre and Dance. For this last poster I collaborated with the talents of up and coming designer Brett Smith who designed the typography. With this poster I also had the pleasure of working with Tom Loughlin again whom I had previously worked on the Piano Lesson with. Anyways, back my easel. Enjoy!
Hey Everyone.Now that my teaching semester is coming to a close, I'll be in my studio more. I have a couple of oil paintings that need photographing as well as a couple of illustrations that are finishing up. Looking forward to sharing with everyone. In the meantime here is a quick practice piece I did to sharpen up my hand a little. Need to do more of these. Anyways..Happy Holidays!
Tonight I found out that I have achieved something I could've only dreamed of achieving years into my career. Tonight I found out that I was awarded A Gold Medal in Advertising by the Society of Illustrators New York for their 55th Annual Exhibition. I want to take a moment to thank all friends , family , and of course my instructors. I couldn't of even dreamed of getting where I am today without your support and guidance. This is not only a win for me but a win for all of you.......
Above is the piece I was fortunate enough to win the award for.
Two weeks ago, David Grove passed away. I was fortunate to call him a mentor and blessed to call him my friend. I had first discovered David 's work in the pages of Spectrum while looking for professional artist in the area to give me some feedback on my work. When I saw his book cover for David Keck's In the Eye of Heaven I just about flipped. Here was some young rookie doing the kind of art that I wanted to do. Little did I know this "young rookie" had 40 plus years under his belt and had been recently inducted into the Society of Illustrator's Hall of Fame.
I never forget the first day I met David one sunny San Francisco day in his North Beach house atop a hill on Union st. After hauling a couple 24x30 oil paintings up to his place I entered into a beautiful home with this gorgeous skylight in the middle of his studio. While the first hour of our meeting went fairly quiet as David probably was figuring out why some you illustrator would call him out of the blue to visit him, it quickly subsided once I spotted an original Earl Blossom illustration hanging on his wall. "You know sh*t that you're not supposed to " was his first reaction after I blurted my love for 50's illustration and illustration history. From then on I would visit once a semester to show him a new body of work. During one visit I was expressing my frustration with a new painting that I had finished. I must of spoke for almost a half hour about how I couldn't understand why my newest painting wasn't better than an older painting that I brought with me.David remained silent. Sitting down on his couch in defeat I blurted" I don't what happened , I just don't .." David all of a sudden got up and went over to the two paintings in question as said " You wanna know what happened?" I said "Yes , absolutely " preparing for David's advice to part the clouds of confusion. David turned to me and said "Ya F%^ked up Ray! ".
A few months later, David's health turned sour and he was hospitalized. Getting ready for my thesis show, I sent him a postcard along with a thank you note for the opening to show him the progress I made on my work. His first day out of bed he surprised me by coming to my opening. From those 2 hour conversations at his home and the many phone conversations we had after reconnecting last winter, David taught me the meaning of being a professional. The commitment to the craft , the patience ,determination, and honesty that one needed to do this for a living.
I cried after hearing of his death but quickly I remembered how lucky I was to have known someone like David Grove. I only hope I could even be half the artist he was and pay forward all he did for me. Thank you for everything David. I hope wherever you are you are having a cocktail with Bernie Fuchs and N.C.Wyeth.
The wonderful team at Sidebar Nation put together an amazing interview discussing his life and art. You can find that interview here
A book about David Grove's work was recently released by Norfolk Press You can purchase the book here
A celebration of David's' life and work will be held at Café Divine, 1600 Stockton Street, San Francisco CA on November 30, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Friends of San Francisco Animal Care and Control, or to the charity of your choice
I'm in the process of painting a demo of a head for my students using an opaque underpainting technique. This process is commonly referred to as "loading the whites " and is a great way to solve the majority of problems in a given picture. I painted this in acrylics and next I will glaze in the color using oils.
Hey Everyone ,
Let me start first by apologizing for the lack of updates. NDA's , unphotographed paintings , and summer traveling put my blog in limbo. But alas, I am back. One of the many things that I have been working on over the summer has been the newest season of posters for SUNY Fredonia's department of Theatre and Dance . So without further adieu, Here is the first of five posters that I have been working on. Enjoy!
Hey everyone. Sorry about the lack of updates. I assure you that I have been hard at work at some new work but can't show them until the NDA is lifted. On that note, I recently found out that some Game of Thrones cards I did for Fantasy Flight Games were released . Here are a couple of them. Enjoy !
EDIT: I forgot to mention that I worked with the mastermind Andy Christensen, who was the AD on this project. Thanks Andy!
Anyone who knows me knows that one of my favorite
podcast is SIDEBAR . Recently they interviewed one of my artistic heroes
David Grove. I am very fortunate to call David a mentor and a good
friend. Over the years David's generous time and advice has and still
been an immense part of my artistic development. As usual the team at
SIDEBAR: Dwight, Swain, and Adrian produced a fantastic interview that
framed a wonderful picture of the extremely smart, witty, and kind man
that David Grove is.
Enjoy the interview here and a samples of his work below
Last year Norfolk Press released David Grove: An Illustrated Life, a wonderful book on his life and his work which I will be talking in detail about in the near future. But for now here is a link to the place where you can purchase his book
I Had so much fun doing this portrait I decided to finish it up. One interesting thing that Harold Speed talked about in the book I previously mentioned was that finish was more about refinement of your initial statement rather than addition of more detail. When finishing this I tried really hard to do this.Anyways, Enjoy!