A warm-up sketch of Billy, infamous creator of the doomed Fyre Festival.
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I just finished of another Hirschfeld-style caricature for a local rabbi who was retiring after 26 years — and was also a cubs fan. See if you can find those two ‘hidden’ details in the drawing, Nina-style.
I don’t pretend to be anywhere even close to the genius of Hirschfeld, but I do enjoy drawing in a similar style from time to time. I just finished reading up on his life and another book called Hirschfeld’s Harlem. The line-economy in his work and his ability to capture the spirit of the person in a drawing is second to none. I often walk past the Al Hirschfeld theatre on W45th and see the neon sign light up with his self-portrait. I don’t know a single caricaturist in history who had their own Broadway theatre named after them. (Here’s the story of that place.)
I always loved watching this short film “The Line King” and seeing him scratch away at the drawing board, his wife insisting he come to the table for dinner or get ready to go out, while he quietly finished a drawing of Paul Newman in the Broadway production of Our Town.
His work was a heavy influence on me as a young artist in Australia who had never been exposed to anything like it before. I will forever be wildly envious of Tom Richmond’s portrait that he had commissioned while he was still around.
I do these the old-fashioned way, on paper with pen and ink.
My friend Ronny generously asked me to open for him at The Comedy Cellar in New York recently. He works out new material at the Cellar's lounge venue in his semi-regular Sunday 7pm and 9:30pm shows.
Ronny started out in Melbourne and has come a long way very quickly as a result of his crazy work ethic and natural instinct for funny. He is now a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and has his own sitcom on the ABC.
If you ever see his name on a line-up, be sure to head along and being some friends to see him. You won't regret it. He's on tour in Australia for the next two months.
I drew this caricature of him as a thank you. He would often joke that my Dad looked like Worf, on account of a caricature I drew of my Dad, exaggerating his high, wrinkled forehead skin. Ronny would often tell me, when annoyed with anything I said to him, to Draw Worf. This is how I responded...
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