2010 was a great year for me. I’m proud to have worked with many clients new and old. Every day, I feel so lucky to make paintings and illustrations in my studio. And coffee! Can’t forget the coffee.
Not to bore you with details, but here are some highlights
- This year I’ve done dozens of covers for The Week Magazine. They’ve been a regular client since 2001.
- January and February: I was in crunch time preparing for a solo fine art exhibition at Last Rites Gallery in New York.
- In March, as part of the Air Force Artist project, The Air Force flew me from New York to Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico to create paintings based on their planes. No, I didn’t see any aliens. My painting later hung in the Museum of American Illustration.
- In the same month, I corrupted impressionable youngun’s by speaking on how I got my first job at the Fashion Institute of Technology, along with fellow artists Yuko Shimizu, Zina Saunders, Marcos Chin, and Fernanda Cohen.
- In April, I skewered the Pope on the cover of the Week. It was one of my favorite illustrations, and the original sold as soon as the issue hit the stands.
- In June I participated in a group show of drawings at Last Rites Gallery. I did the drawing the beginning of May inspired by the horrible BP oil spill. Who knew it would still be spilling for the opening in June!
- July. It was hot!
- August. Still hot. I got a call from a new client, Hermes, creator of the $10,000 Birken bag and one of the most fancy-pants luxury brands in the world. I spent the month creating almost 30 gigantic paintings for the windows of their flagship store on Madison Avenue. The HQ in Paris liked it so much that they asked me to do more paintings for their store in Chicago.
- October: Busy! I tabled at New York Comic Con, reliving my 90’s career as a Dr. Strange and Spiderman artist. My fine art was also featured in Weird Noir, a book about the surrealist art scene.
- November: a very busy month of illustration jobs. I drew Julian Assange for The Week Magazine, and Rockwell-inspired union guys for the MTA Union Local 100.
- December was probably my busiest month. I took over the Washington Post Magazine’s year end issue (which was penned by Dave Barry), doing a cover and interiors. Other clients included Ad Age and Muscular Fitness. The grande finale was the year end cover for The Week Magazine. 8 faces on the cover!
2010 was an exciting year of fulfilling projects. Looking forward to another year of creating and drinking coffee.