all images, c. Kevin Sprouls
As I said, my output for the New Yorker magazine was produced between 1989 and 1991. The following images, all as they appeared (only larger) in the original black & white “Goings On About Town” format:
A scene from the 1949 film, “All the King’s Men”. Broderick Crawford, Joanne Dru played leading roles. A great hash was apparently made over this drawing, as someone requested the pre-press office to make the coat over Crawford’s arm “darker”. I struggled for many years trying to get various and sundry production people to print my work very dark. They rarely seemed to get it. The “coat darkening” was totally unnecessary as long as the drawing as a whole was adequately under-exposed, as you see here.
From the 1936 Japanese War Noir film, “Osaka Elegy” of Kenji Mizoguchi. I incorporated a lot of tightly controlled linear technique here, as I felt it would strengthen the already powerful image. Once again, seeking to get my name out there, bottom left!
A portrayal of American Conceptual/Minimalist artist Sol LeWitt. I took a piece of his art (the grid element here), and carefully inserted marks into it, building up his likeness.
A vibrant Kathleen Turner, circa her days working with Michael Douglas and Danny DeVito. I remember getting this assignment just before a trip to North Carolina with my wife and two kids. As I have done pretty frequently in ensuing years, I set up at the dining room table and went to work at my in-laws’ place. With the New Yorker, you only got a couple of days to turn in a job!
Another instance of artwork created “on the hoof”, I produced this one while visiting a close friend on the outskirts of New York. I recall sitting at a basement table, cool and dark, to perform my services. I don’t know anything about this image, except for the title “Enemies” that someone at the New Yorker scrawled on the back of the artwork. So, this bizarre and (to me) rather off-putting image also contains a mystery— for now!