I never would have guessed that my 1500th daily drawing would be of a crack-smoking mayor… but here we are! If you haven’t been following the Rob Ford story, I’d suggest looking it up—he might actually be a cartoon character. Earlier today, during a City Council hearing to vote on stripping Ford of his executive powers due to the crack use, etc., he charged at a spectator and in the process knocked over a council member.
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.
In a recent interview with New York Magazine, Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, talked about his belief in the devil as an actual person. I find it disconcerting that someone we trust to make decisions for us as a nation believes in the devil.
In the Gospels, the Devil is doing all sorts of things. He’s making pigs run off cliffs, he’s possessing people and whatnot. And that doesn’t happen very much anymore.
Rep. Lee Terry (R-Neb.) is one of the Tea Party, party boys responsible for the government shutdown during which 800,000 federal workers are being furloughed, and thus not paid. As a result a number of lawmakers have said they will donate their salaries to charity during the shutdown. When Terry was asked by the Omaha World-Herald Bureau if he would keep his paycheck, he answered, “DANG STRAIGHT!” He went on to say, “I‘ve got a nice house and a kid in college, and I’ll tell you we cannot handle it. Giving our paycheck away when you still worked and earned it? That’s just not going to fly.”
Don’t worry Terry, I’m sure all the other federal workers can handle it. Terry’s salary is $174,000…
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.