I illustrated a couple of birds for the NY Times’ Op-Ed page recently. The story was about the future of the red knot sandpiper, and their dependency on the wavering abundance of horseshoe crab eggs. It was really nice to go back to woodcutting for this one, and keep the image simple.
I’ve been doing a lot of work with Etsy recently. Below are a few pieces for the gift card launch and holiday promos. There will be much, much more artwork to come, which I will be very excited to share throughout the year. Enormous thanks to Kim Bost, Randy Hunt, Jeremy Perez-Cruz and the rest of the amazing Etsy team.
Happy 2013! I’m taking advantage of this post-vacation pre-stress haze to put up some work from the end of the year. Below is a piece about jazz for The New Yorker.
I illustrated a song for Beck’s new Song Reader - a beautiful package of sheet music designed and published by McSweeney’s. Big thanks to Walter Green and Jordan Bass for including me in such an awesome group of artists. The album is unrecorded, inviting people to play and interpret the songs themselves. Here are a few examples!
Here’s a full-page for PlanSponsor’s Year in Review issue. Something about pension buyouts, maybe. Thanks again to SooJin Buzelli!
I’m also part of this year’s Sundance Film Festival A to Z book, designed by Todd Oldham Studio. Every artist had to illustrate a letter, which represented different films, actors/actresses, and directors. My letter was S - Secretary, Slacker, and Steven Soderbergh.
Here’s another one for Bloomberg View - Republicans trading higher taxes for budget cuts.
And lastly, a few holiday food friends I made to give away. Someone hire me to make more of these!
I made a spot for the latest issue of The New Yorker. Very straightforward blurb about the new LCT3 Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center, keeping prices low at $20 to maintain accessibility. Thanks to AD Jordan Awan for the commission. Drawing all these little attendees really helped me blast through my audiobook.
I made a poster for this year’s Penfield Croquet Ball! The original is a diorama, composed of wood, paper and ink. Thanks to the folks at Cramer-Krasselt for the call, and the amazing Sam Weber for helping me shoot the final piece.
I’m a little late to post this, but here is an illustration for the latest issue of The Manual. The essay that accompanies this piece is about drawing influence from the past to create something new. Not stealing but openly borrowing, ultimately arriving at a piece of work that carries the echo of its predecessor. Big thanks to Jez Burrows for the commission!
I recently got to make an illustration for Intel’s SciArt Series - a very awesome collaboration between artists and the scientific breakthroughs featured at ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair). The project I was paired with focuses on monitoring debris flow from natural disasters. This is done through buried sensors that detect changing moisture levels in soil. And the sensors are composed of accessible and low-cost materials - recycled facial masks! You can read more about it here. Thanks to Mikell and Christopher at Noise for the great art direction.
I made an illustration recently for the NY Times’ “Townies” series - this one was about trying to build a home in the city while bypassing the restrictions of debt, credit and building violations. You can read the article here.
Still working on this tumbling business. Here is a smattering of things:
I drew these little guys for the latest issue of aiCIO. The prompt was “Angry mob. Crowd ready to fight”.
I recently worked on a series of print ads called “Recycle Your Electronics”, sponsored by Ontario Electronic Stewardship. Thanks to the awesome folks at Juniper Park, who also took care of all the type and finishing touches, aka 80% of the ads.
Here’s a full-pager for Retail News, about the “new consumer” and their top shopping priorities - friendly service, mobile sites, etc.
Quickie for The NY Times’ Letters section: reactions to the idea of financing education through equity rather than debt. You can read the full article here.
This was for the latest migration-themed issue of GOOD Magazine. The article was about the current state of migration in the US, or lack thereof. Originally titled “The Migrant’s Manifesto”.
And finally, a spot of sad news. My cat has moved to California! For at least the next few months. I will miss him dearly.
I am selling prints through Fab Europe this week! The campaign launched today, and will last through Saturday, June 2nd. There are 21 pieces to choose from. Unfortunately for my American friends, these prints are only available to European countries. But here are a few images, including new work, old work, and re-worked recent work!
Big thanks to Nathalia Nogueira for the invitation to collaborate, and studiomate Alex Eben Meyer for taking screenshots, because I don’t know how a computer works.
I’m honored to be chosen as one of Print’s 20 Under 30 this year, as well as being featured alongside some really awesome talent. And best of all, the party tonight will be stocked with free booze. 6-9pm at the Phaidon store in Soho. See you there!
I’ve recently been getting more calls to do quick pieces, which is always a great balance of stress and satisfaction. Here’s one for today’s Bloomberg View, to accompany an article about how the Republican Party should proceed in trying to win over more women voters. Elephant + wig = conceptual. Thanks to AD Phil Lubliner and the guys at Other Means.
And this is one for the NYT Op-Ed page, to accompany a first-person account of a teacher who received vague threats from a student, in the wake of the Ohio shooting. Great art direction from Matt Dorfman.
Here’s a new Letters illustration for the NY Times, about nuclear power plants being a necessary source of electricity. I always cringe when I see words like “nuclear” and “healthcare” in an assignment, but this one worked out rather well.
I drew a bunch of floating food for Ecomagination, for an article about a nearly package-free grocery store opening up in Texas.
Crazy digital cake pops for O Magazine. (Do people actually make these?)
I just received these lovely cards from Urban Graphic, as part of their Toasted collection. This was part of an image I had made sometime last year - which worked surprisingly well cropped. Thanks to Aurelia Lange for having a good eye for pattern.
And in other news, I’ve been in a black hole of promotional-mailer-stuffing. If you are a fancy art director and would like to receive a newsprint promo so you can then hire me for an amazing job, email!
Last night I had the pleasure of hanging out with and being interviewed by Sam Weber, for his WSVA radio show called Your Dreams My Nightmares. The podcast is now up - click here to listen to me talk about myself!
This was my last assignment of 2011! For HHMI, on the topic of brain channels and how they control our food cravings. Thanks again to Tida Tep and VSA Partners.
Here’s an illustration for the NY Times’ Sunday Review section, to accompany an article about the current state of social inequality in America. Big thanks to Alexandra Zsigmond for the great art direction.
I designed a label for a limited edition craft beer called “The Chairman”, created in celebration of Lumpen Magazine’s 20th anniversary. The beer is an imperial red ale brewed by Half Acre Brewery in Chicago, and I will confirm its deliciousness as soon as the rest of the case arrives. Thanks to Michael Freimuth for pulling me into the project.
I have a piece in the Op-Ed/Letters section of today’s NY Times, about migration to and from cities and suburbs. You can read the online article here. Thanks to AD Devin Washburn.
Here’s an illustration for next month’s Cincinnati Magazine, about top doctors and joint replacement programs. Thanks to AD Megan Scherer - drawing a bunch of injured people turned out to be really enjoyable.
I have some spots in the newest issue of Lucky Peach, a food magazine published by McSweeney’s. Each one is a different type of miso, characterized by their descriptions - “Miso Sweet”, “Miso Funky”, etc. And of course, they had to sneak in “Miso Horny” at the last minute. Pick up a copy if you’re into food/art/magazines, it’ll be worth your $$ (money). Big thanks to Chris Ying for the commission.
I made an illustration for this month’s Fast Company, about the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Pretty straightforward. Thanks to AD Alice Alves.
Here’s a piece that just went up on ecomagination, a proactive environmental website by GE. This one was about turning food waste into energy. You can read the article here. Thanks to Jennifer Lee and the team at frog.
I was recently in a show at Spoke Art called “Bad Dads”, where artists had to make pieces inspired by Wes Anderson movies. I made three small prints based on the three villains from The Fantastic Mr. Fox - Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Thanks again to Ken Harman for the invite.
I have a couple of pieces in an all-girl group exhibition opening tonight at Myplasticheart in the Lower East Side, NYC. The name of the show is Bad Luck Club, and it is curated by the amazing Aya Kakeda. Here’s a small write-up on my pieces. The opening will go from 6-9pm with an afterparty to follow. Hope to see you there!
I’m participating in an upcoming book called The Art of Science, a collaboration between artists and scientists. Each artist was given a scientific blurb to illustrate - mine was “What controls rain?” Huge thanks to Julia Rothman for the invite. It’s being released next fall, published by Chronicle Books. More details then!
Here is a quick Letters illustration for today’s NY Times, on the subject of whether or not the actions of individuals can actually make a difference on the environment.
Forgot to post this earlier - illustration for last month’s HHMI Bulletin, for an article about high school science. Thanks to Tida Tep, Jennifer Lee and VSA Partners for this one.
I finally broke down and moved into the Pencil Factory. So far, it’s been great. Not only do I love the space, but I am also surrounded by an amazing group of people and all the water I can drink. Life improvement, check.
Some bits and pieces. Yesterday I did some quick lettering work for the nice folks at YCN, to be included in an animation pitch for NSPCC. The theme of the project was “bullying”, and they needed some harsh words illustrated in context. See below! Thanks to Nick Defty, this was great lettering practice for me.
I’m in a group exhibition hosted by Raw Design Studio, in celebration of their 5th birthday. The theme was “Birthday”. Show opens today in Salford, UK. Here is the website for the event, along with all the contributors. Thanks to Ruth Watson for the invite.
Last month I released a poster with the fantastic 1200 Posters, a year-long print series that focuses on collaboration and community. Each artist is given a piece of text from the Margaret Wheatley poem, “Turning to One Another” to work with. This is such a great project, and I can’t wait to see the series complete. Big thanks to Greg and Robyn and the Big New Ideas team. Go support them with your blogs and wallets!
Hey guys. So this weekend my studio space (Fowler Arts) will be participating in Northside Open Studios, which means everyone is welcome to come and look at my artwork/empty water bottle collection. The address is 67 West St, #216 in Greenpoint, BK. I will be there all Friday night and Saturday day. Come say hello!
Also, here are a couple of small panels I made for a group show curated by Ugly Art Room. The “gallery” will essentially be a 6x6x6 ft white box with a skylight on top. Look for this thing on Bedford Ave, as part of Williamsburg Walks/NOS.
New illustration for the Books section of the Sunday Globe - Daniel Orozo’s “Orientation”. A collection of short stories that explore the lives of individuals, free of technology and digital obsession. What do we do with our time when we are alone?
Thanks to Jane Martin for this fast piece - 4 hours for the final! My fingers were mere nubs by the end of the day.
I have a piece in a one-day-only, cash-and-carry show tonight at Art Connect New York Gallery in Soho. All the proceeds from the exhibition will go toward the crisis in Japan. 170 artists were asked to donate artwork with a message on the back that begins with “Dear Japan,” (which is also the title of the show). More information can be found here. Thanks to Aya Kakeda and Mika Fmt for putting together this awesome event.
For today’s Times - response to an article titled “Too Young for Kindergarten? Tide Turning Against 4-Year Olds.” Developmentally inappropriate expectations for young’ns entering the school system. Big thanks to Alexandra Zsigmond.
Boy, is this a belated post. A couple of months ago, I installed a volcano landscape thing in the window of Desert Island in Williamsburg. It was a really fun undertaking, and definitely reinvigorated my work. I’ve been meaning to post process photos ever since. And now, here they are!
Thanks to Gabe Fowler for the space, help and company during the install. The display will (hopefully) be changing in the next month or so, so keep an eye out for updates on the internet and in real life!
I’m in the upcoming Illustrated Type show at Gallery Nucleus, which features over 30 artists and an awesome collection of hand drawn letterforms and typography. More information here. Thanks to Alexis Kaneshiro and the Nucleus team!