Archive for January, 2010

International Cartoon Competition/ Istanbul

January 30, 2010

I just received the latest catalogue of winners from around the world from the Dogan Foundation in Turkey. It confirms my belief that art really is a universal language. This years judges included people from Norway, Roumania, China and Jerelle Kraus and Patrick Oliphant from the USA. I’m only showing 6 here…I think these are lovely ideas. The credits are as follows: Pol leurs/ Luxembourg, Ilya Katz/ Israel, Didi Sri Widiyanto/ Indonesia, Napo Mongiello/ France, Taher Shabani/ Iran and Quin di Xiao/ P.R. of China

And many thanks to Candan Fetvaci for organizing it all.


January 28, 2010

I’m currently reading “You are not a Gadget” by Jaron Lanier, the dreadlocked father of virtual reality.
He argues how the world wide web has unintended consequences relating to human individuality, and how technology can negatively interact with our culture. Also of interest to me is how he feels that file sharing is killing the artistic middle class. Brilliant!


January 21, 2010

A while back I was contacted by an Iranian man about a secret project he was initiating that would help the world understand the dire situation in Iran and the fact that the current leader Ahmadinejad was not democratically elected. More than one hundred graphic designers and Illustrators in the world have answered the appeal to produce a poster in support of the dissent in Iran including Milton Glaser, Brad Holland, Tim O’Brien, Richard Downs, John H. Howard, Laura Smith, Zina Saunders, David Cowles, Marc Burckhardt, Anson Liaw, Stasys Eidrigevicius, James Yang, Mieczyslaw Wasilewski, Matt Mahurin, Ivan Chermayeff, Michael Vanderbyl, Alain.Le Quernec, Niklaus Troxler, Woody Pirtle, Ruedi Baur, Wim Crouwel, Pierre Bernard , Dan Reisinger, Merwyn Kurlansky, Alan Peckolick, Lanny Sommese, David Tartakover, Oded Ezer, Armando Milani, Massimo Vignelli, Uwe Loesch, Holger Matthies and many others.

And the news is that the entire collection will be shown at the School of Visual Arts Gallery in New York in September. I’ve worked with Steve Heller and Woody Pirtle to make it a reality…thanks very much to curator Francis de Tommaso!

Please see the works on the site:

Winter break

January 19, 2010

My favorite thing to do in the winter is head to the slopes!

OK…back to work


January 18, 2010

Well there seems to be serious interest in vampires these days. Here is my contribution to the craze. The first is a painting for Entertainment Weekly for the series True Blood, the second is a portrait of author Stephanie Meyer for Time magazine, the third is a portrait of Ann Rice for More magazine, and the fourth is a personal piece dedicated to my mother who was born in Transsylvania!