Saturday, November 22, 2014

Terry Gilliam: "Things Happen"

To celebrate his 74th anniversary, an interview with Terry Gilliam from The Talks.

Photo by Alex de Brabant

Mr. Gilliam, you’ve been given the nickname “Captain Chaos” because of all the things that have gone wrong on your film sets. Do you need chaos on set to be creative?

(Laughs) It isn’t really that. I don’t want chaos, I actually want order. I really want it ordered very well and I want to surround myself with really well organized people so that when we’re on the set and an idea comes in we can play with it because we’ve got a really good structure. So it’s not chaos. Between me and the actors, or between me and the director of photography, it’s more like, “Oh, what if we did that? Okay, we can do that.” So the organized people think it’s chaos, but it’s not. I just build a structure that’s really solid so even if the lead actor dies, we can finish the film. (Laughs)

Saturday, November 15, 2014

British Political Cartoon of the Year Awards

You can cast your vote for the Political cartoonist of the year on the Ellwood Artfield Gallery website.

Steve Bell, The Guardian
Another favourite:

Friday, November 14, 2014

Seven Top Portrait Artists

Steve Brodner interviews Edward Sorel, Burt SilvermanJoe Ciardiello, John Cuneo, Jason Seller, Anita Kunz and Victor Juhasz in the Society of Publication Designers' website.

What is your first conscious or unconscious act in sizing up a face as you begin a project?

Ed Sorel photo.jpgEdward Sorel: Since we work from photos rather than from the person, the first question is, "Does this photo look like the person?" If it doesn't, you either need another photo or, if you like the expression, get other pictures from other angles--profiles are helpful. Then you exaggerate the feature that is at variance with the ancient Greek ideal of the face. 

The complete article here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dušan Petričić Profiled

Uffe Andersn in TOL.

Cartoonist Dušan Petričić has inspired generations of children to stick to basic rules. He’s now applying the same methods to grown-ups.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Ben Lafontaine 1963-2014

Jean Chrétien by Lafontaine

It is one of the great tragedies of our times that the daily press only publishes illustrations on rare occasions. Thus talented cartoonists such as Benoît Lafontaine, Patrick Dea or Fred Sebastian are forced either to scrape a living, do commercial work or make a career in education.
The other tragedy is to die prematurely. So it is with sadness that I learned of the death last week at age 51 of a colleague who deserved greater fame.
I hope these few examples of his work prove my case: