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Archive for March, 2010
David Plunkert recently asked me to contribute to this initiative. Spur Design in Baltimore is raising money for Haiti and asking 100 illustrators to contribute a simple head drawing or painting to be auctioned. The show will raise money for Doctors Without Borders. Each piece of art will sell for $100. Show opening will be April 8th in Baltimore.
This is a rough sketch I was shopping around recently. President Obama will today sign into law a bill that will ensure insurance coverage for the millions of Americans who currently are uninsured. There has been so much paranoia surrounding this topic. As a Canadian who lives in a country with free health care, I can only say hurrah to the President. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live without such a basic service. I shudder at the prices that some of my American friends pay just for minimal health care. And this type of care is no more socialist than the fire department or road works.
A while back I was invited to the Savannah College of Art and Design by Julie Lieberman. She talked about doing a panel discussion with a few artists that would examine the current state of the illustration field and suggest to students possible future trajectories. I’ll be at SCAD April 14th along with Yuko Shimizu, Chris Sickels and Christoph Niemann .
She then spoke with Steve Brodner who said he was hosting something similar at the School of Visual Arts in New York on March 23rd.
We then discussed the idea of suggesting to other schools that they do the same (sort of a national conversation about illustration), a number of schools said yes…and Illustration Next was born. What we will be doing is creating a website http://www.illustrationnext.com where we will be uploading the actual panel discussions, from which students can learn.
We should be live soon, and I’ll make a more formal announcement.
I am very excited to announce that I will be giving a lecture and panel discussion with the great artist Luba Lukova at the Society of Illustrators in New York City, 128 east 63rd street at Lexington on Wednesday April 21st at 6:30 PM.
Luba is internationally known for her elegant and powerful political art, and she is represented in galleries and museums worldwide including the Museum of Modern Art in NY. The panel will be moderated by Fernanda Cohen, who is a remarkable artist in her own right.
I can’t wait!