I had fun at The Wall Street Journal when asked to illustrate the most colorful personalities. These images are a collection of trio portraits I have created:
Speaking of colorful, these ‘gents’ need no introduction. Shortly after this drawing was published in the Journal, my attention was drawn, by one of our cameramen, to an advertisement from a tee-shirt pedlar. The pitch was my illustration printed on a nice, cotton Tee! Someone had lifted the WSJ illustration and enlarged it greatly for screen-printing on a shirt. The Journal issued a cease and desist request. I actually have one of those shirts hanging around somewhere!
The Thompson Twins. Catchy name for a trio. These were one of the top pop bands of the eighties. In both these stipple group portraits, I was experimenting with a horizontal line pattern to mix things up a bit. Since the advent of the internet, I’ve had to drop this technique, as the monitors don’t display horizontal line-work very accurately.
On a more historical note, the paper was commemorating the ending of World War Two. They wanted a group portrait image of the “Big Three” during treaty negotiations at Yalta, in the Crimea. I gave FDR’s cigarette a bit more character by accentuating the smoke (not really visible in the original photo). I also strove to inject each figure with his own, distinct personality. Stalin was a tad smug. Roosevelt gaunt and tired. Churchill basking in his glory.
This rather strange image was drawn for The New Yorker during my two-year stint as a freelance illustrator for the magazine. It was derived, I recall, from the cover art of an LP by the band, “Animal Logic”. Portrayed are Deborah Holland, Stanley Clarke, and Stewart Copeland.
I hope you enjoyed my triple stipple drawings. Next week, another installment— Stay Tuned!