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.
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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?
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: JonFineArts.com. Check it out! (Constructive) criticism always welcome.
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.