Mike Tofanelli

Stars and their TV Adaptations

Stars and their TV AdaptationsMy latest group caricature for Entertainment Weekly appears in the Books section. The article “Get Me Another Handmaid’s Tale!” is about the Hollywood trend of turning famous books into TV adaptations. Featured (from left to right) are Amy Adams, Barry Jenkins, Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, and Steve Coogan reading the books they will be playing (or directing in Barry’s case) on screen. Big thanks to Carly Klaire of EW for giving me the call on this one!

The Raft of the Minnow-with sincere apologies to Theodore Gericault

The Raft of the Minnow-with sincere apologies to Theodore GericaultWith my sincerest apologies to Theodore Gericault. I had always been fascinated by his masterpiece ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ ever since I laid eyes on it in my art history class so long ago. In it, Gericault depicts the real life account of a famous shipwreck of the French naval frigate “Medusa” in 1816. After the ship ran aground off the shore of West Africa, at least 147 passengers went adrift on a makeshift raft. By the time they were rescued 13 days later, only 15 survivors remained–they had resorted to cannibalism to stay alive. Naturally, I couldn’t help but think of another famous shipwreck from my youth–and so the most beloved and ubiquitous TV series from the 60’s, ‘Gilligan’s Island’, became the inspiration for this parody–is there something wrong with me? As usual, check out some close up details… The Raft of the Minnow-with sincere apologies to Theodore GericaultThe Raft of the Minnow-with sincere apologies to Theodore GericaultThe Raft of the Minnow-with sincere apologies to Theodore GericaultThe Raft of the Minnow-with sincere apologies to Theodore GericaultThe Raft of the Minnow-with sincere apologies to Theodore Gericault

 

The Bachelorette

The BacheloretteMy latest Must List illustration for Entertainment Weekly is of the reality TV series ‘The Bachelorette’. Featured is bachelorette Rachel with her trusty dog Copper, and a couple of suitors Peter and Bryan.  I’m glad I didn’t have to illustrate the “Whaboom” guy. Thank you AD Ruby Parra.

This Is Us

This Is UsHere’s another one for Entertainment Weekly’s Must List. A family portrait for the TV show ‘This Is Us’. The show revolves around the lives of the “big three” siblings Kate, Kevin, and Randall–as present day adults and as 10 year old children as pictured here circa 1990. Milo Ventimiglia and Mandy Moore are the parents Jack and Rebecca.

I must admit I had not followed this show, though I had seen it advertised pretty heavily. Once the assignment came in, I watched some episodes online and familiarized myself with the story lines, characters, etc. I’ve got to say I can see why the show is so popular–it has an endearing quality and my goal was to convey that in this piece.

Big Little Lies

Big Little LiesHere’s a group portrait I did for the Must List section of this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly. It is for the premiere of the new HBO series ‘Big Little Lies’ starring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, and Zoe Kravitz. A big thank you to designer James Kim of EW for bringing me in on this project!