Wednesday, October 16, 2019

DRAWN TO PRESIDENTS: Portraits and Satiric Drawings by Drew Friedman

A new exhibit, DRAWN TO PRESIDENTS: Portraits and Satiric drawings by Drew Friedman will open to the public on November 2nd, 2019 and run till Feb 9th, 2020 at the BIlly Ireland CARTOON Library & Museum at Ohio State University.

The exhibit will feature all of the original artwork created for my latest book from Fantagraphics ALL THE PRESIDENTSas well as presidential-themed original artwork drawn for, among others, SPY, MAD, TIME, NEWSWEEK, THE NEW YORKER, THE NEW REPUBLIC, The NEW YORK OBSERVER, and TOPPS Wacky Packs, plus sketches, rough drawings, magazine tearsheets, and rare presidential-themed ephemera on loan from my collection, books, MAD magazines, trading cards, buttons, record albums, MARX figurines, etc. 

Please Join me for the opening reception on Saturday, November 16th where I'll be in conversation with the great illustrator C.F. Payne at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. Books will be for sale and availble for inscription.

the original art created for this New Yorker cover will be on display...

as will this image, the first depiction of George W. Bush on the cover of a national magazine.

 also on display, the current POTUS, painted for ALL THE PRESIDENTS

Monday, October 7, 2019

Drawing President Trump

My latest book, All The Presidents, portraits of all 45 presidents of the United States, inevitably concludes with the current president, Donald J. Trump. I didn't draw the 45 presidents chronologically, but I did save and draw Trump last, mainly because I just wasn't quite sure how to approach him. I've drawn him many times over the years, beginning in the mid-eighties for the satiric monthy SPY when he was still just a NYC real estate developer, and as his fame grew nationally, in publications such as The New York Observer, TIME, MAD, Fortune and others.

I drew some initial Trump sketches for my new book which I rejected for various reasons... too goofy, too silly, too buffoonish, etc. My intention with this book was to try not to overtly editorialize, so I finally rendered this portrait of Trump which concludes the book. Make of the expression what you will.

My Trump pencil sketch:

The finished art:

the book's cover:

Thursday, September 12, 2019

All The Presidents: Drew Friedman in conversation with Robert Klein

Thur, Oct 3rd at New York's Strand Bookstore's Rare Books Room, Broadway and 12th St, join artist Drew Friedman in conversation with the legendary comedian and actor Robert Klein discussing Friedman's latest book ALL THE PRSIDENTS, followed by a book signing. Seating is limited, reserve your seats now. This is the official book launch for the book.

“Somehow, Drew Friedman’s mastery manages to both humanize and satirize every member of this most exclusive club of U.S. presidents. Blemishes, moles, and errant hairs are like stars in his sky.”
- Jake Tapper

From the artist hailed by BOINGBOING as the greatest portraitist of our time comes ALL THE PRESIDENTS, a new collection of portraits of every U.S. president, from George Washington to Donald J. Trump, and everyone in between, each rendered in Friedman’s celebrated "warts & all" style, accompanied by vital statistics and fun factoids about each subject. ALL THE PRESIDENTS features a comic strip introduction by the author, and a foreword by Kurt Andersen, author and host of public radio’s Studio 360. Published by Fantagraphics books.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Three upcoming book covers

Three upcoming books featuring my cover art:

 my upcoming book "All The Presidents", coming out Sept 2019 from Fantagraphics books. Cover design by Keely McCarthey

"RONDO HATTON, Beauty Within the Brute" by Scott gallinhouse, upcoming from BearManor Media
cover design by Kerry Gammill

"GHETTO KLOWN", the paperback edition of John Leguizamo's graphic memoir, cover
design byPamela Notarantonio
coming in April 2020 from AbramsComicArts books

Monday, July 22, 2019

New Robert Crumb Print

This new drawing of R. Crumb strumming his mandolin amongst his vast record collection in his home in Sauve, France is now available as a large, high quality, signed, titled and numbered limited edition print (only 20 are being offered), and can be ordered here:

Monday, June 17, 2019

Portrait of Al Kooper

My new portrait of my old friend, musician Al Kooper, in celebration of his 75th birthday this year. This is now available as a large, high quality, limited edition (20), signed print.
Al Kooper, a songwriter ("This Diamond Ring", "I Can't Quit Her", etc), record producer and musician, known for organizing The Blues Project and Blood, Sweat & Tears, providing studio support for Bob Dylan when he went electric (including playing the memorable organ on "Like A Rolling Stone"), and bringing together guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills to record the Super Session album. In the 1970's he became a successful recording artist, manager and producer, notably recording Lynyrd Skynyrd's first three albums. He's also had a successful solo career, touring and performing live concerts and writing music for film soundtracks and TV shows.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

The Book of WEIRDO Celebration at the Society of Illustrators

The Society of Illustrators, 128 E. 63rd St in New York hosts a visual panel and book signing for The Book of WEIRDO, a history and celebration of R. Crumb's legendary humor/graphics/comics magazine, published by Last Gasp of San Francisco on Thursday, June 6th beginning at 6:30 PM. Hosting will be the author Jon B. Cooke, and appearing will be cover artist and WEIRDO contributor Drew friedman, along with Weirdo contributors Mark Newgarden, Glenn Head, John Holmstrom, Kim Deitch and Art Spiegelman. A large (18x24 inch) FREE book cover Poster for everyone who purchases a ticket and attends, as well as buttons, postcards, flyers, etc.

The Book of WEIRDO is an exhaustive retrospective -- called a "great book... the defineitive work on the subject" by Robert Crumb -- on WEIRDO magazine, Crumb's irreverent 1980s humor comics anthology, and featuring a comprehensive history, interviews with Crumb and the other two Weirdo editors, Peter Bagge, and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, as well as publisher Ron Turner. Also included are over 130 testimonials by Weirdo contributors and sidebars on all sorts of Weirdo-related aspects of that era, as much a history of the alternative comics of that time as it is the tale of a single magazine. Crumb added that The Book of WEIRDO was "a monumental statement on American culture and life in that dismal decade of Reagan, AIDS, widespread cocaine abuse, and the rise of the Yuppies, the 1980s."

The Book of WEIRDO, 288 pages, hard cover, published by Last Gasp of San Francisco, $39.95. Cover art and foreword by Drew Friedman.