Monday, March 2, 2015

Old Man's Story - Drawn from Life

Crazy Nekkid Grandpa from Graham Smith on Vimeo.

Art model, Van worked himself into character, building up, then channeling all his energy into each pose, creating visceral emotion through physicality. And he named each pose as they progressed, "Nekkid Grandpa, Alone in the Dark, Tortured, Feral Man, Cabaret..." 

He tied a strap around the stage and pulled against it with all his strength, that same strap was tied around his hands for his "Tortured" pose, and he cantilevered his balance against a stick, which became a prop in other poses.

Later, looking over the drawings, I began to make sense of the story from the names of his poses, and made this short video.

Crazy Nekkid Grandpa sure can tell a good story! And as for judging books with old covers: look closely or you might miss classics like Ernest Hemingway's "Old Man and the Sea", or Herman Melville's, "Moby Dick".

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ken Grossman Portrait for Worth

I got this new Hero fountain pen from China, a reproduction of an old, hook nib, artists nib pen, and used it for the first time to illustrate Ken Grossman, the CEO of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, for Worth Magazine. 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

The "Jerry Garcia" of Arizona Politics - Mark Brnovich

I illustrated this psychedelic portrait of Attorney General Mark Brnovich for the Phoenix New Times, because, evidently, the AG followed the Grateful Dead, back in the day.

Art Director Peter Storch suggested we illustrate him to look "extra groovy, so I gave him some "Greg Brady" hair, muttonchops, and a eye popping tie dyed background. I get all the fun assignments!

After the cover published the AG's office called to say Brnovich thought the portrait was funny. Glad to hear he has a good sense of humor!

What a long strange trip it's been, indeed!

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