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A few years ago my wife and I saw Philip Seymour Hoffman perform in,”Death of a Salesman”,on Broadway. The entire cast was unbelievable, but I particularly remember being affected by the final scene, which was a heated emotional exchange between Mr. Hoffman and Andrew Garfield. To say it was intense, would be an understatement. I was almost uncomfortable watching it unfold, but still I sat on the edge of my seat hanging on to every yelling word that was mingled in with tears of rage. I was beyond moved. After the performance, when the entire cast met on stage, held hands and bowed, Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Garfield were both still breathing heavy and in tears. At that moment I realized what an emotional toll a performance like this must take on the soul. I wondered what event in their lives did they bring up in their minds to draw such concentrated pain, anger and grief from. The experience stuck with me.


First rough sketch and color study I did.

When I learned of Mr. Hoffman’s passing in early February, I have to admit, it came as a shock. The nature of how he died gave me a slight idea of where he drew his emotion from during his performances. He was obviously struggling with his own demons and I imagine that he brought personal issues to the forefront of his mind that ate him away slowly.


This was the final drawing that I did followed by another color sketch. I wasn’t feeling confident about the likeness, so I did the color sketches just to make sure I was moving in the right path.

Anyway, I won’t even try to rationalize or pretend that I understand him as a person, because we never met. I can only say that he was an artist, and I’m sad that we lost one of our own. Watching him perform live was inspiring.

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I wanted the portrait to be understated. Nothing over the top. I just wanted to capture the emotion in his face.


Here’s to you Mr. Hoffman.


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I did this piece back in April. The design was to appear on a t-shirt. The proceeds from the sale of the shirt were to be used to send underprivileged Dominican kids, born in the United States, to the Dominican Republic to give them a first hand experience of their culture, which they might not truly be aware of being born in the states. I was inspired by the Dominican Carnival which takes place on Dominican Independence Day. Unfortunately, the client has disappeared, so I’m not sure if the design will be used or not. If it ever surfaces, and you see it, let me know!




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A few months ago I found out that The Friends Of The Greenpoint Library were having a competition to find a muralist to paint an exterior wall on the Greenpoint Library. This was my submission. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut, but I thought I’d share my submission with you! Congrats to Leslie Wood who took the win!




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Hey everybody! I’ll be presenting my work at the Apple Store in the Meatpacking District on May 8th from 7pm-8pm! I’ll be talking about my inspirations and showing my illustration work as well as work I’ve done for Siempre Mujer!  Hope you can join me!


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Last month Rudy Gutierrez asked me to present my work to his FIT Masters Illustration class. I did a slide presentation of my work, but I broke up the time spent sitting in the dark by showing the students actual paintings and drawings. A good technique to keep their and my attention from drifting. I’ve been doing these guest lectures since I graduated from Pratt back in 2000. They usually consist of me showing the students my progression from student to professional illustrator. However, this time around I decided to add in my work as a photo editor in the hopes of showing them another part of my artistic discipline. I’ve always spoken about this part of my career, but this was the first time I actually showed them samples of what I do as a photo editor. I use to avoid showing illustration students this work because I really didn’t think it applied to what they were learning as young illustrators in training. Of course I now realize that I couldn’t have been more wrong.

I think the added section to the lecture paid off. They seemed pretty interested and they didn’t fall asleep, which is always a good sign. I also got a good amount of insightful questions. One of which, was,”How do you fit in everything you do with illustration and photo editing into your life?” In the back of my mind I knew this question was going to come up sooner or later, but I was still left speechless for a second or two because I knew my answer wasn’t going to be a great epiphany. So, I repeated the question, which of course is a time tested technique to give your self more time to think. OH THOSE PRECIOUS SECONDS! I can’t remember what I said exactly, but I would say it was loosely based on this statement: “I wake up early, go to bed late and try to live a happy life in between.”  Is there really much more to it than that? Yes, probably, but why complicate things? Do what you love and love what you do. Accept the fact that certain challenges will arise while attempting this, but don’t give into them. Never quit! A beautiful creature in motion stays in motion, so be mindful and never stop.


Here I am, talking junk.


After the lecture I walked around to look at the students work and I came across this drawing one of them made from my painting while I was talking. Not bad at all.

..and I’m out.



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Here’s an excellent review by E.R. Bird of the book “Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane’s Musical Journey” written by Gary Golio and Illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez. I’ve yet to read the book, but I’ve seen several of the paintings in person at Rudy’s last show, they are inspiring and amazing to say the least.


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Well, it’s that time of the year again. I just entered these three pieces into the Communication Arts 2013 Juried Illustration Competition. Wish me luck.


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