I wasn’t going to post about this job until I finished up a second similar commission for a friend and colleague who has been patiently waiting for me to do his painting for so long it is just plain embarrassing, but considering a number of people have e-mailed and Facebooked me about it since Al twittered (tweeted?) a picture of the art I might as well tell the story. That other long LONG overdue original is almost done anyway.
I was contacted by the brilliant greeting card/illustrator/author/cartoonist Sandra Boynton a couple of months back about doing a private commission for her. I know Sandy through the National Cartoonists Society where we are both members, and I was flattered she’d thought of me for this particular project.
It seems Sandy is a long time friend of the famous “Weird” Al Yankovic, who I am sure needs no introduction… at least not for anyone in the U.S. If you grew up in this country, You’ll know Weird Al is the king of musical parody/comedy. Since the mid 80’s his parody songs lampooning both the music and genres of the songs themselves and life in general have been of enormous popularity. Turns out Al just tuned fifty years old, and Sandy wanted to commission me to do an original for him. Al is a big fan of MAD, and she wanted to get him a caricature done by one of their artists.
My thought was to do something a little more “MAD” than just a caricature, so I thought a mock cover might be a good idea. The result is above, done in a combination of acrylic, water¬¨‚Ä† color and airbrush. Here is the original pencil sketch I sent for Sandy’ approval-
I got a nice e-mail from Al a few days ago that included the picture below, saying he loved the art. I’m glad, I’ve enjoyed his work since high school and it was a real privilege to get to do this little painting for him (and for the talented and charming Sandy, of course). Happy belated 50th birthday, Al!
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