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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.

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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?

Powerhouse!

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.

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

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.