Saturday, July 30, 2011

this past weekend...

hung out with the LIVING LEGEND, Jim Steranko last Saturday. imagine that!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

retro painting

…have you ever tried to intentionally paint an image so it looks like an illustration from your childhood? You know, totally adopt the style of art that you grew up with?

Whether the 60's, 70's, 80's, or 90's, each decade had certain looks and even ways that paint was applied. I grew up in the late 60's/early 70's, when illustration was starting to break away from the conservative 'advertising agency' approach of the 1950's and becoming more colorful and a bit more wild. Of course, this was Madison Avenue's attempt to co-opt what "the kid's" were wearing and eating and talking about.

For me, each decade is pretty easy to pinpoint, there's a fairly clear difference in the look(s) of an illustration or product design from the 1940's to the 1950's. The same holds true for the 60's and 70's. It's when we get to the 1980's and 90's that things become a little less clearly defined and distinguishable (to me, at least).

Anyhoo, above is my entry: an illustration of football Hall of Famer Don Maynard (who, by the way, was the first player ever signed by the NY Titans, who a few years later, changed their name to the NY Jets).

Can't you just see it on the box cover to a kid's game or football card from 1971?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

weekend at norman's...

just got back from 'baseball day at the norman rockwell museum.'

I exhibited several of my paintings and spoke about baseball, the negro leagues, and being an illustrator. I even did a watercolor demo in front of what seemed like a million people (!).  Yup, I was pretty nervous, but somehow got through it all, meeting a lot of great people who had stories to share about their own childhoods and their own love of baseball.  Two standout people were the curator of the event, the AWESOME Tom Daley, who graciously made me feel at home, and the DOUBLY AWESOME photographer Jane Shauck.

thanks to all who came and especially the guys who helped out (thanks, Jeremy!).

here's the painting demo that I did.  it took about an hour...

...and here's some of the aforementioned Jane Shauck's photos of the new york mets.  great images!