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.
 

 

Monday, December 21, 2009

Larry Roibal’s 2009 Year in Review

Posted by Charley Parker at 2:12 pm

Larry Roibal's 2009 Year in Review
Since I wrote about illustrator Larry Roibal last year, he has been continuing his wonderful practice of daily sketches of prominent figures.

Roibal draws his newsmakers on newsprint, literally. It’s common for artists to draw on “newsprint”, meaning the cheap pulp paper, similar to that on which newspapers are printed, that is used for quick sketches and throw-away drawings, but Roibal’s “newsprint” drawings take on a whole new meaning.

He sketches his portraits of politicians, world leaders, entertainers, sports figures and other newsworthy individuals directly on sections of newspaper articles about them.

Roibal’s ballpoint pen drawings are defined enough to give a sharp likeness of the individual, but open enough to let the newsprint come through.

Roibal has just assembled a remarkable collage of his drawings from the past year. My excerpt above is just a tiny fraction of the whole. You can also see a tabloid size excerpt here.

Of course, for the larger and more detailed drawings, take a meander back through his blog posts over the course of a fascinating year of news and personalities.

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  1. Comment by adebanji alade
    Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 3:22 pm

    Great! I love his work too and would like to thank you for this highlight again!

  2. Comment by Sue
    Monday, December 21, 2009 @ 3:56 pm

    I always look forward to Larry’s thoughtful portraits–lovely tribute to a real talent.

  3. Comment by Ian Welch
    Friday, December 25, 2009 @ 12:10 pm

    I was very excited when I stumbled across Larry’s work on display at the excellent Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh last year- you can really appreciate his linework and precision when viewing them up-close.

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