For my Illustration in Context class, in my Illustration MFA program, we had to do a portrait for a magazine cover. The catch was that it needed to be influenced by an illustrator we studied in class and the portrait needed to be of someone who was an important figure during the time the illustrator was most prominent. I decided to do a portrait of Richard Nixon, influenced by R. Crumb, for Mad Magazine. I thought I’d use this as a daily drawing because it was fun to do, and I thought I’d share.
Last week I saw a great talk by Paul Rogers. He talked about something he referred to as “Ass Power,” which is the ability to sit down and get stuff done. I immediately doodled this lettering treatment. (note: I apologize for today’s drawing being late, I was flying back from LA and my flight was delayed.)
Chris Piascik is a New England artist, graphic designer, and illustrator. With 8 years of professional experience at award-winning firms in New England, he is currently working as a freelance designer and illustrator, and just presented his 6th solo exhibition. He holds degrees in Visual Communication Design and Art History from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, where he has moonlighted as an instructor of design courses. In 2008, the American Institute of Graphic Arts selected his poster design as a winning entry for its Get Out the Vote campaign. His other recognitions include Gold Awards, Silver Awards, Excellence Awards, Judges Award and the Spirit of Creativity Award from the Connecticut Art Director’s Club as well as a BoNE award from the AIGA. In addition his work has been published in numerous books and publications including Print and Communication Arts, the Logo Lounge series, Typography Essentials and Lettering, Beyond Computer Graphics and Bike Art: Bicycles in Art Around the World. Previous clients include: Chronicle Books, Nike, Goodbyn, Mayer Hawthorne, Odyssey, Gnarls Barkley, Monolith Music Festival, Eat Boston, and Theaterworks.