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.
Archive for March, 2012
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?