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Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City Hardcover – June 1, 2013
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"That, perhaps, is the sign of a great New Yorker, and especially a great New York artist: The ability to love the city not despite its grit but because of it, to inhabit its struggles with dignity rather than disgust, with empathic curiosity rather than cruel gawking." —Maria Popova, Brain Pickings
"Since illustrator Peter Kuper moved to New York City in 1977, he has witnessed countless incarnations of the Big Apple. His new book [...] collects comics, art and illustrations reminiscing on everything from taxi redesigns to pornographic movie theaters. [...] In this gallery, Kuper shares with Bookish fond memories of his adoptive home alongside selected art from the book." —Bookish
About the Author
Peter Kuper is a cofounder and editorial board member of political graphics magazine World War 3 Illustrated and a teacher who has taught at New York's School of Visual Arts and Parsons the New School for Design. Best known for drawing Mad magazine's Spy vs. Spy comic since 1997, he has also illustrated covers for Newsweek and Time magazine. He is the author of the graphic novel Sticks and Stones, which won the New York Society of Illustrators Gold Medal, and Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico. He lives in New York City. Eric Drooker is a third generation New Yorker, born and raised on Manhattan Island. His paintings are frequently seen on covers of the New Yorker magazine, and hang in various art collections throughout the United States and Europe. He is the author of two graphic novels, Blood Song: A Silent Ballad, which won the American Book Award, and Flood! A Novel in Pictures. He lives in Berkley, California.
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Drawn to New York is a collection of sketches, illustrations and comics about the city he was attracted to when he first visited it in 1968.
The sketches are of observations and his interpretation of the city, the streets and its people. Sometimes drawn in just ink, other times with colour pencils and watercolour. Occasionally, you see a receipt or photo taped to his sketchbooks. He uses many different medium.
There are several short comics included. Some are his adventurous in the city, such as climbing up the Brooklyn Bridge in 1981. Most are fictional and wildly imaginative, while at the same time inspired by the city. Some depict the economic situations, others reflect on the lives of people. There's also one for September 11. He's a good storyteller and the comics show.
Also included are some editorial art he did for publications such as Time, New York Times, etc. Many of his illustrations, not just the editorial ones, feel quite editorial, if you know what I mean.
He has a nice casual style that manages to capture the vibe of the city. Even though that casual style is sometimes used to tell rather serious or dark stories.
Overall, It's a wonderful artbook of an enigmatic Peter Kuper.
(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)