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Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

By |January 27th, 2017|Syndicated Content|

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing This was an amazing opportunity. It just came in, another commission. The publisher chose me out of all the illustrators on the planet without knowing any of the my shared history  with Keith and his era. It was pure joy to work with Keith's sister, Kay Haring, and her loving manuscript. We worked closely with the Haring Foundation to showcase Keith's art, under the excellent guidence of Lucia Monfreid, editor, and with the deft art direction of Jasmin Rubero. The task was to seamlessly combine my illustrations with Keith's drawings and paintings to tell his life story. It was tricky to showcase the art without cropping or retoucing anything. And we did the best we could respecting Keith's work. I got the advance copy last week and it came out magnificently.  Many, Many thanks to Dial Books for making this possible, and to my lovely agent, Linda Pratt   From Random House (Dial Books): Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing: This one-of-a-kind book explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artist’s great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world. Reproductions of Keith’s signature artwork appear in scenes boldly rendered by Robert Neubecker. This is a story to inspire, and a book for Keith Haring fans of all ages to treasure. Praise: “Neubecker’s colorful illustrations capture the energy with which Keith [Haring] lived his life, and cleverly integrate some of the artist’s original works… Always upbeat, this story is a celebration of art and life.” — Booklist “Neubecker neatly incorporates Haring’s real pieces into these zesty, bustling, digital-and-pencil illustrations…. Haring’s work pops; Neubecker’s compositions and enthusiastic crowd scenes do it wonderful credit.” — Kirkus “An enlightening look at the merits of street art and how it allows those who may not ordinarily venture into a museum or gallery to experience and enjoy art….Children will relate to young Haring’s drive to pursue his calling despite naysayers.” —School Library Journal “Cheerily energetic….Schools with “Picture Person” programs, as well as primary grades art teachers, will want to share this appealing title.” —BCCB About Kay Haring: Kay Haring is the younger sister of Keith Haring. She is a wife, mother, writer, hiker, lover of art and the wonders of nature. Kay has spent many years both working and volunteering for nonprofits, in management and fundraising capacities.   Hardcover Published by Dial Books Feb 14, 2017 | 40 Pages | 9 x 11 | 5-8 years | ISBN 9780525428190

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

By |January 27th, 2017|Syndicated Content|

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing This was an amazing opportunity. It just came in, another commission. The publisher chose me out of all the illustrators on the planet without knowing any of my shared history with Keith and his era. It was pure joy to work with Keith's sister, Kay Haring, and her loving manuscript. We worked closely with the Haring Foundation to showcase Keith's art, under the excellent guidence of Lucia Monfreid, editor, and with the deft art direction of Jasmin Rubero. The task was to seamlessly combine my illustrations with Keith's drawings and paintings to tell his life story. It was tricky to showcase the art without cropping or retoucing anything. And we did the best we could respecting Keith's work. I got the advance copy last week and it came out magnificently.  Many, Many thanks to Dial Books for making this possible, and to my lovely agent, Linda Pratt   From Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin Random House) : Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing: This one-of-a-kind book explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artist’s great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world. Reproductions of Keith’s signature artwork appear in scenes boldly rendered by Robert Neubecker. This is a story to inspire, and a book for Keith Haring fans of all ages to treasure. Praise: “Neubecker’s colorful illustrations capture the energy with which Keith [Haring] lived his life, and cleverly integrate some of the artist’s original works… Always upbeat, this story is a celebration of art and life.” — Booklist “Neubecker neatly incorporates Haring’s real pieces into these zesty, bustling, digital-and-pencil illustrations…. Haring’s work pops; Neubecker’s compositions and enthusiastic crowd scenes do it wonderful credit.” — Kirkus “An enlightening look at the merits of street art and how it allows those who may not ordinarily venture into a museum or gallery to experience and enjoy art….Children will relate to young Haring’s drive to pursue his calling despite naysayers.” —School Library Journal “Cheerily energetic….Schools with “Picture Person” programs, as well as primary grades art teachers, will want to share this appealing title.” —BCCB About Kay Haring: Kay Haring is the younger sister of Keith Haring. She is a wife, mother, writer, hiker, lover of art and the wonders of nature. Kay has spent many years both working and volunteering for nonprofits, in management and fundraising capacities.   Hardcover Published by Dial Books Feb 14, 2017 | 40 Pages | 9 x 11 | 5-8 years | ISBN 9780525428190

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Keith Haring: The Boy Who  Just Kept Drawing

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

By |September 1st, 2016|Syndicated Content|

Fall 2016 Books Dept.  Books Dept:      It's been a while since I visited Drawger, let alone posted an update, so here's what's been going on in the picture book department; quite a lot, actually.  The delightful "I Won a What" by Audrey Vernick was released this summer from Knoph and has been included in the Society of Illustrators One Show. Our editor is Sarah Hokanson. I loved the gentle manuscript when I first read it. My characters are an ordinary suburban family with a rather large swimming pool- inhabited by a big blue whale, of course. Our hero, denied a pet for so long, is finally allowed to try for a goldfish at a carnival. He wins Nuncio, a giant blue whale (mostly a Sperm Whale, just bright blue...)

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept. The next book  is "Space Boy and the Space Pirate" by Dian Curtis Regan, released spring '16. Many thanks to my art director, Tim Gillner, and my editor Mary Colgin at Boyds Mills Press.This is #2 in a series of three. They are done as graphic novels-  the stories revolve around a brother, his mischevious (and smarter) sister, and the cardboard spaceship  in their back yard. It becomes real, of course, once you get inside. I'd grown up on comics- everything from Tales From the Crypt (Uncle Creepy!), DC, Marvel, to Classic, and even Archie and Donald Duck. I imagined that Reed and Sue Richards were my parents. I was introduced to science through Superman & The Atom. I loved "Star Spangeled War Stories" - a WW2 tank crew, accompanied by the ghost of Jeb Stewart, are marooned on an uncharted island batteling dinoaurs. Hey, why not?     As an illustrator, I was fascinated with R. Crumb and the undergrounds, later Raw and Fantagraphics. So taking on a set of three graphic novels for kids was a treat and a challenge. Like most of my kid's book career, it's been on the job training. I think that with each one, they get better, but I've been gifted with great manuscripts so it's been fun and easy.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept. This next book, proofs just in, is "King Louie's Shoes" by D.J. Steinberg. The story follows a diminuative Louis XIV who, searching for stature, invents platform shoes. The editor is our lovely Andrea Welch at Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster, and the art director is Lauren the type genious Rille.... I had a lot of fun pushing the drawing with this one. It's all digital except for the #2 pencil used for thumbnails. I worked in watercolor for most of my career. I may go go back some day, but this is really, really, fun.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.  "Fall is for School" Is a sequel to my "Winter is for Snow". We're in the final stages of getting her to press- Rotem Moskowitz, my editor, has lovingly shepharded this project through and Maria Elias is my art director. Published by Hyperion / Disney, Fall will be out next fall ('17). In this book, my brother and sister character's roles are reversed.  Instead of big brother trying to persuade his little sister to go outside in the snow, she's pushing him out the door on the first day of school. Here's a featured review from The New York Times Book Review for "Winter": “Winter Is for Snow” is a tale of two siblings — a brother who loves the icy flakes pouring down outside their apartment window and a sister who is cranky about it all — by the prolific children’s book author and illustrator Robert Neubecker. These two start out like Desi and Lucy, disagreeing about everything. “Winter is for fabulous! Winter is for snow,” sings out the copper-haired brother. “Winter is for lots of clothes! And I don’t want to go,” deadpans his younger copper-haired sister. (Her blasphemy recalls a Carl Reiner quip: “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”) These small urbanites argue back and forth in delightful, singsong rhyme, the brother joyfully throwing his arms up and kicking his legs out to add emphasis to his argument, which grows more elaborate with every page. “Winter is for glaciers, with walruses and seals,” he pleads, “diving in the icy sea for scaly, fishy meals.” Slowly but surely, he manages to dress his sister and edge her outdoors into a cityscape colorfully and whimsically depicted with a park jam-packed with people frolicking in an excellent variety of snow hats. Though she has resisted her brother’s — and winter’s — charms, even turning her attention to a beeping electronic device (at which point lesser brothers would have given up), we eventually see him pulling her along on a sled. And then, a little too easily, she finally changes her mind, declaring, “I love snow!” It’s nice to see her hardworking brother win the argument and to see them both out enjoying the fresh air. But she was such a good curmudgeon — I missed her old self a little when she was gone. (Nell Casey)

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept. This final project is "Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing". Keith needs no introduction to most of us, indeed some of us are old enough to remember seeing him drawing in the subway or dancing in the clubs. But for new generations of kids his art is as fresh as the day it was created. This book is a great intro to his life and work, written lovingly by his sister Kay Haring. It chronicals his short, unbelievably prolific career from early childhood to his untimely death from AIDS at thirty. Lucia Monfried is my editor on this (Penguin Random House) and I'm working again with Jasmin Rubero as art director. The Haring Foundation and Kay provided us with a treasure trove of Kieth's art and I did my best to frame it with lively illustrations of the 1980's New York art scene. This is scheduled for release on Valentine's Day, 2017, as a valentine to Keith. Below are some of the page proofs, marked up.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept. And lastly, here's an editorial drawing from WSJ. That's all for now, folks.Thanks, R.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

By |September 1st, 2016|Syndicated Content|

Fall 2016 Books Dept.  Books Dept:      It's been a while since I visited Drawger, let alone posted an update, so here's what's been going on in the picture book department; quite a lot, actually.  The delightful "I Won a What" by Audrey Vernick was released this summer from Knoph and has been included in the Society of Illustrators One Show. Our editor is Sarah Hokanson. I loved the gentle manuscript when I first read it. My characters are an ordinary suburban family with a rather large swimming pool- inhabited by a big blue whale, of course. Our hero, denied a pet for so long, is finally allowed to try for a goldfish at a carnival. He wins Nuncio, a giant blue whale (mostly a Sperm Whale, just bright blue...)

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept. The next book  is "Space Boy and the Space Pirate" by Dian Curtis Regan, released spring '16. Many thanks to my art director, Tim Gillner, and my editor Mary Colgin at Boyds Mills Press.This is #2 in a series of three. They are done as graphic novels-  the stories revolve around a brother, his mischevious (and smarter) sister, and the cardboard spaceship  in their back yard. It becomes real, of course, once you get inside. I'd grown up on comics- everything from Tales From the Crypt (Uncle Creepy!), DC, Marvel, to Classic, and even Archie and Donald Duck. I imagined that Reed and Sue Richards were my parents. I was introduced to science through Superman & The Atom. I loved "Star Spangeled War Stories" - a WW2 tank crew, accompanied by the ghost of Jeb Stewart, are marooned on an uncharted island batteling dinoaurs. Hey, why not?     As an illustrator, I was fascinated with R. Crumb and the undergrounds, later Raw and Fantagraphics. So taking on a set of three graphic novels for kids was a treat and a challenge. Like most of my kid's book career, it's been on the job training. I think that with each one, they get better, but I've been gifted with great manuscripts so it's been fun and easy.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept. This next book, proofs just in, is "King Louie's Shoes" by D.J. Steinberg. The story follows a diminuative Louis XIV who, searching for stature, invents platform shoes. The editor is our lovely Andrea Welch at Beach Lane Books, Simon & Schuster, and the art director is Lauren the type genius Rille.... I had a lot of fun pushing the drawing with this one. It's all digital except for the #2 pencil used for thumbnails. I worked in watercolor for most of my career. I may go go back some day, but this is really, really, fun.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.  "Fall is for School" Is a sequel to my "Winter is for Snow". We're in the final stages of getting her to press- Rotem Moskowitz, my editor, has lovingly shepharded this project through and Maria Elias is my art director. Published by Hyperion / Disney, Fall will be out next fall ('17). In this book, my brother and sister character's roles are reversed.  Instead of big brother trying to persuade his little sister to go outside in the snow, she's pushing him out the door on the first day of school. Here's a featured review from The New York Times Book Review for "Winter": “Winter Is for Snow” is a tale of two siblings — a brother who loves the icy flakes pouring down outside their apartment window and a sister who is cranky about it all — by the prolific children’s book author and illustrator Robert Neubecker. These two start out like Desi and Lucy, disagreeing about everything. “Winter is for fabulous! Winter is for snow,” sings out the copper-haired brother. “Winter is for lots of clothes! And I don’t want to go,” deadpans his younger copper-haired sister. (Her blasphemy recalls a Carl Reiner quip: “A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water.”) These small urbanites argue back and forth in delightful, singsong rhyme, the brother joyfully throwing his arms up and kicking his legs out to add emphasis to his argument, which grows more elaborate with every page. “Winter is for glaciers, with walruses and seals,” he pleads, “diving in the icy sea for scaly, fishy meals.” Slowly but surely, he manages to dress his sister and edge her outdoors into a cityscape colorfully and whimsically depicted with a park jam-packed with people frolicking in an excellent variety of snow hats. Though she has resisted her brother’s — and winter’s — charms, even turning her attention to a beeping electronic device (at which point lesser brothers would have given up), we eventually see him pulling her along on a sled. And then, a little too easily, she finally changes her mind, declaring, “I love snow!” It’s nice to see her hardworking brother win the argument and to see them both out enjoying the fresh air. But she was such a good curmudgeon — I missed her old self a little when she was gone. (Nell Casey)

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept. This final project is "Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing". Keith needs no introduction to most of us, indeed some of us are old enough to remember seeing him drawing in the subway or dancing in the clubs. But for new generations of kids his art is as fresh as the day it was created. This book is a great intro to his life and work, written lovingly by his sister Kay Haring. It chronicals his short, unbelievably prolific career from early childhood to his untimely death from AIDS at thirty. Lucia Monfried is my editor on this (Penguin Random House) and I'm working again with Jasmin Rubero as art director. The Haring Foundation and Kay provided us with a treasure trove of Kieth's art and I did my best to frame it with lively illustrations of the 1980's New York art scene. This is scheduled for release on Valentine's Day, 2017, as a valentine to Keith. Below are some of the page proofs, marked up.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept.

Fall 2016 Books Dept. And lastly, here's an editorial drawing from WSJ. That's all for now, folks.Thanks, R.

Paris/Time

By |November 19th, 2015|Syndicated Content|

Paris/Time I got a call from Andree Kahlmorgan at Time on Tuesday, while the world was still reeling from this attack. Time was / is doing a piece on the effect of the Paris attacks on children, and how to explain the vast evil that is afoot in the world. I do a lot of books for children, but editorial is my first love and mainstay- so it's not uncommon for editorial art directors to assign me articles that address children's issues. I had about an hour to come up with some ideas. In the end, they went with a photo, which is always a hazard in this business.

Paris/Time

Paris/Time

Paris/Time

Paris/Time

Paris/Time

By |November 19th, 2015|Syndicated Content|

Paris/Time I got a call from Andree Kahlmorgan at Time on Tuesday, while the world was still reeling from this attack. Time was / is doing a piece on the effect of the Paris attacks on children, and how to explain the vast evil that is afoot in the world. I do a lot of books for children, but editorial is my first love and mainstay- so it's not uncommon for editorial art directors to assign me articles that address children's issues. I had about an hour to come up with some ideas. In the end, they went with a photo, which is always a hazard in this business.

Paris/Time

Paris/Time

Paris/Time

Paris/Time

Forty Years

By |November 10th, 2015|Syndicated Content|

Forty Years It's been a while since I posted anything here- it's been a busy year, and often, at the end of the day, I'd rather just go outside and play. Last spring marked 40 years as a professional, having had my first illustration commissioned by Steve Heller for the New York Times letters page in 1975, while I was a student at Parsons. Over the years the publishing industry has changed, it's grown and diminished, the web has shown great promise and some dissapointment, magazines have risen and fallen- My career has been remarkably consistant, I think because my emphasis has always been on  storytelling, communicating ideas using a visual language both cultural and personal. The metaphors and symbols might be from popular culture, art history, cartoons, whatever is in the cultural grab bag, but the point of view is personal. I had the excellent opportunity to study under J.C. Suares and Milton Glaser. The print magazine world has contracted, in my experience, since the recession, but illustration continues to flourish in it's different forms. The field seems to be reinventing itself. I love seeing what Yuko and Edel are doing, to name just two. Almost every illustration I do now has a web component and I've been having a wonderful time drawing books for children. I've started doing graphic novels, also for kids.  Newspapers, although hit pretty hard by digital media, are surviving, some are doing  quite well, and a good deal of my most interesting work comes from them. I still work for the New York Times, and I love reading it online- with art- and opening the big broadsheets on Sundays to see the illustrations and read the articles. Below is a picture from each decade, followed by a bunch of recent work, which was my original intention to post in the first place...

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Forty Years

By |November 10th, 2015|Syndicated Content|

Forty Years It's been a while since I posted anything here- it's been a busy year, and often, at the end of the day, I'd rather just go outside and play. Last spring marked 40 years as a professional, having had my first illustration commissioned by Steve Heller for the New York Times letters page in 1975, while I was a student at Parsons. Over the years the publishing industry has changed, it's grown and diminished, the web has shown great promise and some dissapointment, magazines have risen and fallen- My career has been remarkably consistant, I think because my emphasis has always been on  storytelling, communicating ideas using a visual language both cultural and personal. The metaphors and symbols might be from popular culture, art history, cartoons, whatever is in the cultural grab bag, but the point of view is personal. I had the excellent opportunity to study under J.C. Suares and Milton Glaser, and then to pass the torch by teaching at SVA and BYU. The print magazine world has contracted, in my experience, since the recession, but illustration continues to flourish in it's different forms. The field seems to be reinventing itself. I love seeing what Yuko and Edel are doing, to name just two. Almost every illustration I do now has a web component and I've been having a wonderful time drawing books for children. I've started doing graphic novels, also for kids.  Newspapers, although hit pretty hard by digital media, are surviving, some are doing  quite well, and a good deal of my most interesting work comes from them. I still work for the New York Times, and I love reading it online- with art- and opening the big broadsheets on Sundays to see the illustrations and read the articles. Below is a picture from each decade, followed by a bunch of recent work, which was my original intention to post in the first place...

Forty Years

Forty Years

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