Show Poster: Comedy Outliers 5th Anniversary Show

Brandon Collins and Mike Brown host an incredible show at Comedy Outliers, and this next month they have their 5th Anniversary show. Some of the best comedians in New York will be appearing.

They had me illustrate the show poster in the style of that final scene in Planet of the Apes, on the beach when it's revealed that... well...  (Spoiler alert:) It was Earth the whole time.

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Drawing in the style of Hirschfeld

This week I got a strange/fantastic commission from a client in New York City. A band needed some new headshots with a twist. They needed their headshots done as caricatures, BUT in the style of my favourite caricaturist of all time. He happens to be a chap by the name of Al Hirschfeld. (Sorry Ed Steckley).

I have a huge file of everything he's ever drawn sitting in my studio. I take it out and flick through it any time I want to hate myself a lot.

On this occasion, however, I needed it as a reference.

The reference photos were sent through (below)


The next step was to analyse Hirschfeld's style all day (tough job but someone's gotta do it) and try and emulate him. It was only after an hour that I realised there's no way anyone can truly emulate his style. His choices are genuinely genius. It's more about what 'not' to include than what to include. My final artwork included WAY too many lines, and certainly nothing as wild as his compositions, but I think it did the trick for what the client wanted. Here's how they turned out:



National Cartoonists Society Manhattan Chapter Holiday Party


As per tradition, the Manhattan Chapter of the National Cartoonists Society had their annual holiday party at the Society of Illustrators on the weekend; a full room of scribblers from all over New York and surrounding states downing copious volumes of booze and cracking wise all night long.

The very talented Mike Cavallaro designed the holiday artwork (above), which was then signed by all in attendance and auctioned off to the highest bidder. The money goes towards future chapter events.

Ed Steckley was awarded the “Tim Rosenthal Award for Volunteerism." It’s given to an NCS member that goes "above and beyond" for their chapter. As well as the framed certificate (thanks Guy Gilchrist!) he received a well-earned bottle of whiskey with a hand-drawn label by Berndt Toast Gang (Long Island Chapter) Chairman, Adrian Sinnott. It was gone within the hour.