Every year the Philadelphia Sketch Club, historically the oldest club for artists in the country, holds a juried illustration exhibit, Phillustration. I am thrilled that one of mine was awarded second prize in the show this year.
The illustration I painted for Lodging Magazine, Office Churn, was among many other creative and colorful pieces in a show I highly recommend visiting. The exhibit runs thru November 24 and Sketch Club hours are Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun 1 PM – 5 PM and the venerable brick building that houses the Club is at 235 South Camac Street, Philadelphia PA. their website is http://sketchclub.org/ I also congratulate Joe Kulka, whose Smokey Bear art took top honors in the Advertising/ Institutional category. Sketch Club President Rich Harrington, a terrific illustrator in his own right, warmly welcomed the crowded room full of artists and emceed the reception with plenty of good humor.
My New Yorker cartoon was also accepted into the show, and I got to chat with John O’Brien, a creator of many many New Yorker cartoons and covers, at the reception, as well as Eric Fowler, the archivist at the Society of Illustrators in New York. A number of other Bucks County Illustrators Society members were accepted into this show, including Lauren Walsh, Joe DeVito, Joe Kulka, Piya and Christina Wannachaiwong (who also ‘exhibited’ their adorable new baby boy at the show), Mark Schaeffer and Dennis Wise. A few snapshots of our BCIS members’ work from the show:
I recently went through my Big File of Past Illustrations and came across some fun ones from before I had a blog, so herewith:
I drew this a number of years ago for the cover of a book about finding your mate online when you’re over 50. It’s drawn in black prisma pencil with some watercolor and pastel. I think the author is still in the business of matching people up!
The latest article sent to me by Lodging magazine explains how hotels can work to prevent fraud by their employees. The editor cautioned me to try not to imply that all employees steal, but to emphasize that a hotel manager’s constant awareness is the best defense against fraud.
The editor suggested an illustration where a hotel manager walks, leaving footprints, from station to station around a hotel, checking up on transactions where fraud might occur. I did a quick pencil sketch of this –
and I also thought of a scene where a manager is in sort of a control room with a lot of tv screens, watching transactions up close, which I also sent her –
The editor chose this second idea. I transferred the sketch to illustration board and tightened up the little scenes on the screens. I knew the tvs would be mostly monochromatic and the control panel and wires below pretty dark, so I skipped my color sketch stage and went right to painting the finish –
My latest illustration for Lodging magazine deals with ways to keep hotel work environments positive and free of harassment for employees. The editor did not send me the full article but read me the gist of it and its keywords, and she suggested ‘building’ a culture with employees stacking blocks; I sketched that quickly and also tried a sketch of employees growing a garden, which they liked better.
Lucky I’ve done a lot of work for Burpee Seed company! I’ve drawn plenty of garden scenes for their catalogs over the years, that’s why I thought the ‘teepee’ structure, made with poles and runner bean plants, would work in this scene. I tightened up the drawing and sent them a rough color sketch –
And then transferred it to illustration board, drew it with prisma pencil and painted in with acrylic paint washes.
For the last five or so years I have illustrated fun holiday greeting cards for the crowd at Safe-Guard Products, an international company specializing in vehicle insurance. I am usually asked to draw the eight company directors in some holiday activity, and this year brought the surprising request that they be racing slot cars, a hobby that many of them enjoy. I have photos of all of them from previous years, so I started with a rough pencil sketch –
They asked for a few changes, and gave me very specific car models to match to their drivers – I had to google them all because I’m not really a sportscar buff! I tightened up the sketch –