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Wendy Popp and students help kids with figure drawing at SOI

Editor’s Note: This entry is brought to us by Adjunct Faculty Wendy Popp, who participated in a cool project with the NYC Department of Parks and the Society of Illustrators.


Two weeks each year, the Society of Illustrators, in conjunction with the NYC Department of Parks,  sponsors eight figure drawing classes for gifted 8- to 12-year-olds. Each class, lasting 1½ hours, is led by an Artist member who instructs the students in basic drawing skills from the urban centers of a few boroughs. I was invited to be a guest instructor on Friday, April 17th and I invited my students to participate. Ema ( I Chieh ) Chen and Emily Trenk are the sophomores who volunteered, and they were very generous with their time and creativity and the kids responded to their presence and expertise. I gave the students some information about children’s book illustration, signed a few books. We thought about skateboard deck design and worked with them conceiving ideas and executing their sketches as a  theme for the session. We worked in conte crayon and pastel.


Thanks for sharing, Wendy!  And thanks to Emma and Emily for volunteering their time and efforts to such a wonderful cause.

Kid Koala’s “Music To Draw To” in BROOKLYN!

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1)  LOUD PARTY:  get up! get down!  indoor block party LOUD shake it loose turntable dance party at a concert venue or club in the town. bring your dancing shoes and some smiles and come on down and make some noise.  The NEW YORK LOUD Indoor block party May 3rd at Le Poisson Rouge.

2)  QUIET WORK:  Music to Draw to… soiree.  Our little event from Montreal is going to see the world.  This event will be a little quieter… 5-hour set of quiet time tunes to work to…  Bring your sketchbook, yarn or that lump of clay and come on down and get some work done.  Baked goods will be provided.  uiet people are invited.  o dancing.  $5 bucks includes a free cup of hot chocolate and a pencil.  The NEW YORK “Music to Draw to…” event May 4th in Brooklyn at House of Yes (7pm-midnight)

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Quick Hit: Sketch Night at the Bodies exhibit

bodies-sketch-signSKETCH NIGHT program was created to give artists unfettered access to The BODIES galleries in order to explore the possibilities and practice their mastery of human anatomy drawing. SKETCH NIGHTS are held after regular operating hours (7:00 PM – 10:00 PM) allowing artists to set up easels or bring chairs to help facilitate their work. Dry media only.  On April 29th, artist John Cichowski will be our special guest!

Attendance at SKETCH is restricted to artists only. Space is limited.

Artists must arrive at 7:00 PM sharp. Latecomers cannot be accommodated. Group rates (+20) available.

Sketch Nights Spring 2009: Mar. 24, Mar. 31, Apr. 22, Apr. 29, May 14, May 21

Email education@bodiesny.com for more information!

Fellowship for Research in the Humorous Arts of Caricature and Cartoon

Fellowship for Research in the Humorous Arts of Caricature and Cartoon
Library of Congress/Swann Foundation
Deadline: 02/13/09

The Swann Foundation seeks to award 1 fellowship annually (with a stipend of up to $15,000) to assist the fellow in his/her ongoing scholarly research and writing projects in the field of caricature and cartoon. In lieu of 1 fellowship, the board has made smaller awards to several recipients in recent years due to the number, nature, and quality of fellowship applications. To be eligible, one must be a candidate for an MA or PhD degree in an accredited graduate program in a university in the US, Canada, or Mexico and working toward the completion of a dissertation or thesis for that degree, or be engaged in postgraduate research within 3 years of receiving an MA or PhD. Although research must be in the field of caricature and cartoon, there is no limitation regarding the place or time period covered. For full application details, please visit http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/swann/swann-fellow.html.

Click here for a direct link to the application!
Expires on 02/13/09 at midnight.

Weekend Sendoff: Obama–the man, the doodle, the logo


The president-elect is apparently a doodler.  See Exhibit A, above, which Obama created for charity in 2007.  According to the Chicago Tribune:

The Obama doodle…contains likenesses of some of the Senate’s most powerful members: Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Democratic colleagues Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts, Dianne Feinstein of California and Charles Schumer of New York.

In more professional news, here’s a two-interview with Sol Sender, who co-designed the now iconic logo for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.

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Additionally, here’s a brief snippet of an interview with Sol, conducted by Steve Heller:

Steven Heller: How did you get the job of designing the Obama logo?

Sol Sender: We got the job through Mode. Steve Juras, a classmate of mine from graduate school is the creative director there. They have a long-standing relationship with AKP&D Message and Media, a campaign consulting firm led by David Axelrod and David Plouffe among others.

Q: Have you done other political logos in the past?

A: No, we had not.

Q: I have to ask, since many agencies that do political campaigns are simply “doing a job,” did you have strong feelings one way or the other for the Obama candidacy?

A: We were excited to work on the logo and energized by the prospect of Mr. Obama’s campaign. However, we didn’t pursue or develop the work because we were motivated exclusively by ideology. It was an opportunity to do breakthrough work at the right time in what’s become a predictable graphic landscape.

Q: How many iterations did you go through before deciding on this “O”? Was it your first idea?

A: We actually presented seven or eight options in the first round, and the one that was ultimately chosen was among these. In terms of our internal process, though, I believe the logo — as we now know it — came out of a second round of design explorations. At any rate, it happened quite quickly, all things considered. The entire undertaking took less than two weeks.

Read the rest of the interview here.

Night of 1000 Drawings


Choose from among more than 1,000 original works on paper by hundreds of emerging and acclaimed artists at this signature event to benefit ARTISTS SPACE’s dynamic, artists-centered programming!

Participating artists already include Nathan Carter, Willie Cole, Stefan Kürten, Robert Longo, and Kate Shepherd

Saturday, December 13th, 2008, 3-8 pm

Original Drawings only $50-$100
Admission at the door $10
Participating artists admitted free!
Complimentary cocktails 6-7:30pm

All proceeds directly support Artists Space’s exhibitions and programs. Cash, checks, and credit cards accepted.
We are incredibly grateful to participating artists for their generous contributions of artwork.


Artists Space will accept up to two unframed, unmatted works on paper from any individual artist.
Works must be NO LARGER than 11 x 14 inches.
Photographs and digital prints are acceptable as long as they are the original media, i.e, no digital reproductions of paintings, etc.

On the back of each work, write your name, address, and email address. NO Post-It notes, please.

Mail or drop off your work to:

Night of 1000 Drawings
Artists Space,
38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10013.

If dropping off work in person, please do so during regular gallery hours:

Tue, Thu, Fri & Sat 12-6pm
Wed 12-8pm

Drawings will be accepted from now through Saturday, November 22. If a drawing is mailed in, it must be received at Artists Space by this date to be included; this is NOT the postmark date.

For the return of unsold work, Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.  Please be sure the envelope is of adequate size and has the proper postage.


You will receive a thank you letter and notification of sale by March, 2009.

Go here for a list of FAQ and more information.  Good luck!

[Image: Jay Henderson, Untitled, 2008, ink on paper, 11 x 8.5 inches.]

Keren Richter works with Vans

From the Illustration Inbox, Keren Richter (Illustration ’03) has given us some fantastic news.  She recently worked with Vans to create the fabulous sneakers you see above.  You can grab your pair here.  Keren also created a tote bag based off the same illustration, which you can sneak a peek at here.

Bonus: Keren and her sister Julie created this rad video which produced the painting used for both shoes and tote.  Check it out:

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If you want to keep up with her many projects and interests, make sure to check out Keren’s blog.

Congrats, Keren!