He who knows how to appreciate colour relationships, the influence of one colour on another, their contrasts and dissonances, is promised an infinitely diverse imagery.
- Sonia Delaunay
Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
- Colour is my day-long obsession, joy and torment.
 

 

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Larry Roibal

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:34 am

Larry Roibal
Larry Roibal is an illustrator known for his work in children’s books and romance novels. His portfolio has examples from those areas as well as landscapes and portraits.

Roibal’s blog is often devoted to portraits of another sort, chronicling his practice of sketching character studies of people currently in the news directly on newspaper articles about those people.

This is one of those cool ideas that obviously came about as the result of doodling and daydreaming (you know, the stuff you’re told not to do in school), and maintains some of that feeling of informal happenstance even though he’s been at it for a while.

If the article isn’t from a corner of the paper that happens to include the date, Roibal clips out a dateline and pastes it on the piece. (I’m surprised he resisted the temptation to call this “Faces in the News” or something similar.)

I picked a couple of significant events out of his recent crop, showing Obama drawn on an article about his victory in the presidential election, and ace Cole Hammels sketched over an article about the Phillies’ long-overdue clinching of the World Series (YAAAAAAAAAA!!!…er, sorry, where was I?…)

Both the ephemeral nature of newsprint and the informal character of ballpoint pen give the drawings a sense of immediacy and make them feel like a natural part of the daily newsflow.

This should be a syndicated feature.

Posted in: IllustrationSketching   |   5 Comments »

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  1. Comment by Mark McDonnell
    Tuesday, November 25, 2008 @ 5:22 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you for presenting such a great diversity and impressively unique (to eachother) blend of artwork on your site. Each day I look forward to a new entry and being presented with anything from classical painting to commerical artists to photography and anything inbetween. This truly is a GREAT site . . .thanks man.

    Best,

    MAC

  2. Comment by Adebanji Alade
    Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 2:45 am

    Thanks for this post- I hereby discover another powerful Sketcher-Truly inspirational!

  3. Comment by Daniel van Benthuysen
    Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 9:58 am

    Beautiful still life and landscape work.

  4. Comment by Zina Saunders
    Wednesday, November 26, 2008 @ 1:30 pm

    Great post about a terrific illustrator melding personal vision with the news of the day.

  5. Comment by Tina Steele Lindsey
    Thursday, November 27, 2008 @ 9:46 am

    Just came across Lines and Colors via an illustrator’s blog referral. This is a fabulous site. Definitely will be checking in often.

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