Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner
New York based illustrator and caricaturist Steve Brodner has a wonderful ability to take his caricatured faces out to a remarkable degree of exaggeration, but retain not only a portrait-like feeling of the individual but a finessed and appealing character to the drawings themselves.

His subjects extend from the early days of the republic to the latest headlines.

Brodner is a long time contributor to The New Yorker, and his work has appeared in publications like The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Playboy, Harpers, Time and numerous others.

His website, Brodner’s Bicycle, functions both as a personal blog and portfolio, and as a more general online magazine, in which — among other things — he interviews other illustrators. You can also find an abbreviated version on Drawger.

A recent article chronicles his trip to Grorgia, where he was invited to give a talk as the “2014 Visiting Jack Davis Distinguished Visiting Artist”, named after the great cartoonist and caricaturist, Jack Davis, who was known for his wonderfully outrageous work in the 1950s-1960s MAD comics (see my post on Jack Davis, and here). The image above, bottom, is Brodner’s portrait of Davis.

There is a brief video of Brodner discussing his work, and his animated shorts, on PBS.

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