The Great Bennah

Posted in Uncategorized on March 27, 2012 by jonfineart

No, he’s not some Brooklyn hipster battle-rapper…he’s Benny Leonard, former lightweight boxing champion and the original Ghetto Wizard (when the L.E.S. was still a ghetto a not a hookah-bar hotspot). This portrait is a warm-up for, what I hope to be, a series of stories featuring Benny and second generation tenement life in New York. That is, if I can climb from beneath this pile of graphic work and find my drawing table again….it’s here somewhere.


Draper Gets Chucked

Posted in Uncategorized on March 25, 2012 by jonfineart

Hello internets.  I realize I’ve been away for sometime, but despair not…for new material is coming  your way!  Here’s something to whet your whistle whilst I whittle away at some new projects:

As a New Yorker, it’s been difficult to avoid the recent Mad Men advertising onslaught.  I guess this recent image is in response to the pervasiveness of Don Draper’s falling, flailing, featureless form plastered in every subway station on the island.  Why I translated Mr. Hamm’s of-an-era visage through the stylistic lens of the most-admirable Chuck Close (if you don’t know Chuck Close, go find out about him, he’s incredible!) I’m not entirely certain.  Does that ambiguity, intentional or not, qualify this as a mash-up?


Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2011 by jonfineart

Playing at the intersection of cartooning, graphic design and advertising, hoping I don’t get hit by a bus made of vectors.

And now, some music…

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2011 by jonfineart

Not sure what prompted me to draw these guys…they sure look contented, though.  Or smug.

Mind Your Surroundings

Posted in City Scenes on October 7, 2011 by jonfineart

I find it rather interesting that the proximate environment can have a significant effect on how one, consciously or not, ‘sees,’ that is, how they are attracted to, influenced by and subsequently interpret (artistically) their surroundings.  Since moving back to the city from the green mountains of Vermont, I’ve noticed my own drawings taking on a more vertical aspect; rounded, open and organic forms give way to overlapping angles and spaces crowded with signs and signifiers.  Can this idea be applied in an art history context, perhaps providing insight into the development of an individual artist’s aesthetic preference?  Or would such an analysis be distracting, its diagnostic and prognostic intentions obfuscating inspiration and the indefinite spark of creative genius?

Return to Form

Posted in Uncategorized on October 4, 2011 by jonfineart

Yes, it’s true, I confess.  I’ve neglected my duties to the internets by letting this blog lay fallow.  But now that I’ve received an MFA from the Center for Cartoon Studies, it’s time to get this space back in shape.  So, for the next few months, I’ll be updating regularly with work I’ve completed over the past  year.  On that note, here are two excerpts from the rebooted (thesis) Studio Laffitte: a linocut poster (which serves as an interior, color plate chapter divider) and a cover.

I’ve also (finally!) set up a portfolio site, registered at the convenient address:  Check it out!  (Constructive) criticism always welcome.

Back in Black

Posted in CCS on September 8, 2010 by jonfineart

So now that I’m back at the Center for Cartoon Studies for my second year, I thought it would be an appropriate time to update this blog.  Here are several pages from my last year’s mini-thesis, titled Studio Laffitte, which will be receiving a massive overhaul as part of my year-long thesis work.

Also, here are some additional sketches from the N-Man project, a pinup of everyone’s favorite Cold War Cockroach and an inked version of that commie canine, Gulag Dog (Laika + Marx + Lenin + Stalin)!

Guest Strip +1

Posted in Uncategorized on July 13, 2010 by jonfineart

Hey everyone!  I’ve done a guest strip for the ever-talented Jen Vaughn!  It’s about merfolk angst!  Joy!  You can check it out at her neat-o website:  Mermaid Hostel I certainly had fun working with Jen’s characters/brush-style and relished the opportunity to tone the work with watercolors (I generally suck at toning.)  Here’s a one-off I did with one of Jen’s  characters, the lovable Digby, in a not-so-fun close-living-quarters-with-strangers moment.

Plus, here’s a mock-splash page for a fake N-Man story, while I (continue) to warm up (or, er Silver Age myself) for the project.

Call the Exterminator

Posted in Uncategorized on June 24, 2010 by jonfineart

More preliminary sketches as I await the finalization of the project pitch.  Here’s N-Man about to clobber an unprepared Comrade Cockroach, Soviet Super-Villain.  I’m such a sucker for halftone.

From the Vaults

Posted in Painting on June 5, 2010 by jonfineart

After going through some old work, I’ve decided to pluck out and share some earlier material that has yet to appear on this site.  Apologies to my oil brushes…they’re suffering from extreme neglect.  More to come over the next few weeks.

Clockwise from top left: Amy (Cosmo); Impatient Sufferers (after Kirchner’s ‘Artist Group’); Linus, man of leisure; La Ville Devenait; Hassid; Yo Lo Vi (Pakistan)