It was at some point in 2008 that I was asked to illustrate the Annual. I have been a contributor to The Morning News since January 2004, when Rosecrans Baldwin chose to interview me about my subway drawings. The interview is still posted on The Morning News, though a bit hidden. The Annual was one of my favorite projects with the publication. So many of the contributors were involved. I felt like I was part of that large family that makes The Morning News what it is.
And the book was designed and laid out by Jennifer Daniel. Working with her was rather excellent. She is a very creative, smart and funny person. And that’s a great set of skills. We had a blast. I drew over 150 little illustrations. The approach was similar to the first book I illustrated in 1988. Small vignette illustrations, at the beginning of every story. But this time I obviously knew how to do things better and more consistent.
The endpapers of the book came from my growing drawings. The book feels very calm until one opens it. Then it just goes a bit crazy and things stay that way until the book is closed. It is a nice object, and just the right size for what it is too. After the publication of the book, I met several of the writers in a bar in Brooklyn. So now I have an orginal with so many little inscriptions.
The drawings were all executed in ink on paper. Then they were scanned and turned into purely linear art. The pictures shown here are an in betwen step. I like that when I draw with wet ink, it pools, and so it is posible to see in what direction what line ws drawn. That was irrelevant for the book. But I still like it. So it is possible to see it here. All drawings were done in black-blue ink, but the scans where in greyscale. I should look for the originals to add them here. Many of the drawings were created in off places, on random scraps of paper. They are small drawings, so I combined several per page. I will add the names of the authors here. Later. I will.
This site is a living thing.
Brooklyn, NY (July 2014)