08 February 2009

Always One Step Behind

This morning I pulled out my favorite section of the Sunday NY Times, the Book Review, to look at the illustrations (confession: I hardly ever actually read the reviews) and I was amazed to see that the art director had commissioned 7 illustrators to do portraits of Lincoln in two colors -- red and blue! Damn, just like the piece I'm doing this week for the Limited/Unlimited print exchange. I feel like I'm always just a few steps behind the pop culture freight train.

Well, I'm going to do my red and blue Lincoln anyhow. Here's a sneak peek on wrinkled crappy newsprint:

LincolnTest

I still need to adjust the ink colors to better match the oil-based inks the others will be using, but I love how the image seems like it would pop if you wore 3-D glasses. I'm also really excited to do an image that only takes two impressions!

And here's a link to the NY Times portraits. Enjoy!

8 comments:

garThoma said...

Annie,
thanks for visiting my blog and for the comment. The new reduction print I posted last week is 18"x24"

garThoma said...

I like how the Lincoln print is coming along.

Pistoles Press said...

Take heart, Annie. You know what they say about "nothing new under the sun"!

d. moll, l.ac. said...

We know you started before the Times published their collection........

Leslie Moore said...

Spectacular, Annie! Much better than any of the NYT's illustrations. You've really captured his essence--his craggy face that is so full of character. Can't wait to see the finished print.

eliom said...

I like yours best too.

Debra said...

Annie, I LOVE Abe. It's just stunning both visually and conceptually. This is what I love so much about your work: it's alive on multiple levels, and there's nearly always dialectic among them. Congrats on this. Really beautiful.

Annie B said...

Debra, what a nice photo of you! Thanks for stopping by the blog. You always leave such generous and thoughtful comments.