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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Eric Drooker

Posted by Charley Parker at 11:27 pm

Eric Drooker
It’s worth a visit to the website of illustrator, painter and graphic novel artist Eric Drooker for his beautifully realized, humorous and thought provoking New Yorker covers alone.

You can add to this his expressive paintings and graphically powerful drawings, along with previews of some of his illustrated books, notably Howl (images above, 3rd from bottom), a graphic novel illustrating Allen Ginsburg’s landmark poem, based on the animation Drooker designed for the recent feature film.

Drooker has collaborated with Ginsburg before on a volume called Illuminated Poems, and the poet wrote a bio of Drooker that appears on his website.

One of Drooker’s other graphic stories, Flood! A Novel in Pictures, is drawn in his stark, woodcut-like black and white style, in some ways reminiscent of the groundbreaking graphic stories of Frans Masareel.

When visiting Drooker’s website, be sure to note that the sections devoted to individual books include previews of the books and more, often with additional illustrations.

Many of his drawings and paintings share with his New Yorker covers a “stop and think” visual twist, like the wonderful “X-Ray Manhattan” (images above, 2nd from bottom and detail, bottom).

There is an additional gallery and a brief slideshow about his process on the site of his artist’s representative, Richard Solomon.

In addition to The New Yorker, his illustrations appear in publications like The New York Times, The Village Voice, The Nation, The Guardian and Heavy Metal.

Drooker often gives lectures at colleges, universities and similar venues, and will be appearing at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, for an event called The Surreal World of Eric Drooker, described as “a slide lecture with live musical accompaniment by the artist”.

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  1. Comment by Curious Art
    Wednesday, February 16, 2011 @ 11:47 pm

    Wow, love the natural-history meets urban life vibe of this work. My cup of tea!! Thanks!

  2. Comment by Charley Parker
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 12:22 am

    Thanks, Leah.

    Other readers should check out the work of Leah Palmer Preiss. Here’s my post on Leah Palmer Preiss, and a more recent update.

  3. Comment by Bob Mrotek
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 8:07 am

    Drooker is definitely a master of perspective.

  4. Comment by Simon Fletcher
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    I hadn’t heard of Drooker, but i love his vision. And that graphic novel of the poem Howl, as well as the film, hop right into my ‘must view’ bow. Have you read the graphic novel?

  5. Comment by Steve
    Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 11:30 am

    The image of the guy emerging from the subway into the jungle has been a favourite of mine since I moved to NYC in 2004. That place is a jungle. Fantastic technique and imagination.

  6. Comment by Jonathan Auxier
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 12:52 pm

    Hard to look at those first few pieces and not think of Charles Adams. That’s not necessarily a bad thing … God knows we could all use a little more Charles Adams.

  7. Comment by Charley Parker
    Tuesday, February 22, 2011 @ 4:05 pm

    No such thing as too much Charles Adams (grin).

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