Friday, April 18, 2014

Orange Coffee...?

As a tradition on this blog, coffee sketches have often made an appearance. Recently I have assisted with syracuse Architecture to build relationships with alumni and have volunteered some of these original sketches to promote the school and generate a creative "buzz" with our alumni by providing these little sketches as a correspondence card. I'll continue to post as they develop. Here's the first one.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Soloman, Speaks and Stenson

So the big three at Syracuse architecture, Michael Speaks (Dean), Jonathan Solomon (associate Dean) and Tim Stenson (Undergrad Chair) are used to giving talks in front of the school. And, with pen in hand, and sometimes some coffee, I am used to sketching them.

Here is a series of Michael Speaks with Solomon near by...

And a series of Stenson addressing the incoming class.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Syracuse architecture Faculty 2

At the Minnowbrook retreat center in the Adirondacks, run by Syracuse University, the architecture faculty escape for 2 days of messaging, presentations and camaraderie. Among the meetings and discussions is also ample time to sketch. here is Sarosh Anklesaria waiting patiently through a discussion.

below is the view of the adjacent lake from the docks of the retreat center.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Syracuse Architecture Faculty

Often, some of our closest relations make the best impromptu models. Here at a faculty retreat we see Joe Godlewski and Michael Speaks engaged in an academic forum.




Sunday, April 6, 2014

Open that Bottle Night Invitation

A recent client asked me to sketch an invitation for a party they were giving called "Open that Bottle Night", an event started several years ago to provide an evening to open a bottle of wine that has been waiting to be open for a special occasion. In this case it coincided with the Chinese New Year: the year of the horse. The sketch below is the product for the occasion:

This went through a string of variations until the lines became crisp, simple and efficient.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Man in the Moon: Unofficial Poster: Self Reliance :4 of 4

This was the first poster of the completed set . It shows again the upside down flag from the opening sequence and the steam-punk fairies that first exhibited the large banner over the moon as the story was introduced. The Cyclists are finding their own self-reliance as technology grows in the world. In the red field behind the moon, the western hemisphere of the earth comes into view.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Man in the Moon: Unofficial posters: Liberty : 3 of 4

"Liberty" is a combination of imagery. The focus is on the Rubber Band, and amazing bluegrass, jazzy, blues band that opened the show. At the bottom are stills from the footage projected onto the moon and the massive screens beyond: A moon catching machine, The Tower of Babel, Civil War soldiers. The inverted flag echoes the opening act where inverted soldiers walked upside down on the upper edge of the proscenium and proceeded to unfold and "raise" the flag which in reference to the audience, was being lowered, upside down. It was a powerful message from the beginning.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Man in the Moon: unofficial poster: Light of mine: 2 of 4

One of the most amazing moments in the show is when  "This little light of mine, I'm going to make it shine" was played when the stage went dark and these bulbous balloons came out and seemed to lift the dancers right off the stage and into the air traveling perilously close to the moon above. The deterioration of the paper is pretty evident in this one: in the purple region behind the dancers the texture of the worn sheet is abundantly clear.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Man in the Moon: unofficial posters: Knowledge: 1 of 4

After the trip to Salt Lake City to see "Man in the Moon" (see posting 7-12-13) I generated a poster series highlighting the live action portion of the show which was AMAZING! The posters play on the imagery of traveling carnival shows. The medium is soft pastel on an incredibly difficult pressed paper. The paper was very fibrous and was prone to deteriorate when worked too hard. (Note the discolored edges where the tape literally peeled the top layer off of the sheet when removed)


It was a real pleasure to see my work on the set again. Here Glenn is hosting Judge Napolitano and looking in between them is a redressed image of the original poster. The original above was given as a gift to Glenn for his 50th birthday. 



Friday, March 21, 2014

For Stephanie

This one is a remake of an earlier composition with a stout all orange cup. Stephanie Irwin liked the original but thought the ring was too big. The ring, which has become a trademark of sorts, is the one thing that documents the true scale and is the seal of the completed composition, often being the last thing placed before the work is signed. In this case I cheated and used another bottom edge so as to test the composition of scale. I can't help but feel I cheated a bit, and not confident it is better, but for Mrs. Irwin, it was worth the exploration.