Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Strike while the irony is hot.

As you may have noticed, I've been in New Yorker mode again and have submitted a fair number of sketches in recent weeks. Many of them have been ideas I put down on paper months ago and have decided to revisit. Such was the case with Bedbugged. By the way, for those of you who do not live in New York, it is my sad duty to tell you that a scourge of bedbugs- parasitic blood sucking insects that can infest your bed and furniture and are almost preternaturally impossible to kill, have been in the news now almost every day.
The time was certainly ripe for a cover on the subject.

Here is the sketch I submitted.



And here is the OTHER sketch which after careful consideration, I DID NOT submit.



And here's what ran this week by Barry Blitt.



PS: My time machine is still broken.

29 comments:

  1. Aw, shucks! Well, I certainly prefer your clever sketch.

    Hope to see you again at CTN!

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  2. Prefer the one you submitted...very Gahan Wilsonish!

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  3. Great minds might think alike, but they sure don't draw the same.

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  4. Your bugs are definitely better, but I think you made the right choice in which one to send. I like the one you submitted better than both of the others. They just picked the wrong one.

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  5. AWWW.. Dang it!!! you gotta get that time machine up and running!

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  6. There is no time machine involved, just mundane people tastes, we are common people so ask us, when in doubt, what we like and voila.. time machine.

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  7. wow, that's harsh...I really liked your sketchs better....the new yorker has a very peculiar taste if that is the cover they went with...

    P

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  8. Wow. That's what is called frustration...

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  9. Tough break! I really dgd your first comp. The human faces really carrying some strong emotion, the moody lighting, the suspense and fright of what could really be under the bed... Its exciting is what it is!!!

    Compared to two cockroaches, one of which looks like he's about to say "Was it good for you?" *shudder* If you'll excuse me, I'll be washing away the stain on my brain with steel wool.

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  10. I saw the magazine in the bookstore today - the cover looks very nice, I liked it!

    But if you ask me to compare a sketch to a finished, coloured image, the finished, coloured image will win all the time. Sorry. I'm not big on sketches - they bear so little resemblence to the finished product.

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  11. wow down to the cigarette, thats some creepy parallel thinking!

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  12. I love Barry Blitt's work. Still, I would really have liked to see a full color rendering of that lady's face and the legs under the bed.

    The New Yorker got a good cover, but it coulda been great.

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  13. That's crazy. I actually prefer your original idea over either of the bug covers.

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  14. I ain't suppossed to do a cover for The New Yorker (at least no any time soon) but, from what I can see, they did as any other Art Director would do: to follow the shortest path. Bedbugs = bugs in bed, that's all.

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  15. Ha- love the bugs smoking (2nd sketch- not submitted), great stuff as usual. -LL

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  16. Mister de Sève, I am student in illustration in Paris and I admire your work, our class has a blog in wich we post few pictures of "Masters", I wanted to warn you that used four pictures from your own blog in the only purpose of presenting your work to my comrades and our visitors with all the respect of your art.

    Here is the link of the blog. http://lespagesvisuelles.blogspot.com/

    Olivier Le Borgne, a fan from France.

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  17. Oh No Peter! I am the witness. Did you show the other sketch to the art director? I'm curious what would have happened if you had submitted the other one.
    I thought the sketch you submitted was more "New Yorker" style. hm..

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  18. I really like the first you had submitted... It remember me something... ah yes my wife ! she's afraid of spiders. Particularly big blacks spiders who slowly crawl on the bedroom wall or just above our heads who fall down and disappear under the sheets...

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  19. duuude, what a burn!
    I actually and honestly think your submitted sketch carries more humour...the other one you didnt submit and the one that was chosen was too obvious and literal...best of luck next time. although you dont need it because your work is AWESOME!
    ...is the time machine fixed now?

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  20. We had some in our bedroom in Montreal!! It's called "punaise de lit" in french and you never get ride of them!!!!
    I find your rough better Peter!!!
    And I don't agree with CES saying that clean images are always better than roughs!! What about the primitive idea, the composition of the drawing... all those things won't be better with a cleaner drawing!! Keep on like that Peter!!

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  21. Your illustration reminds me of an old ad, "Toddler bed for sale, excellent condition, but monsters lived under it."
    I can see now that the monsters under the bed never did quite go away...

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  22. Yup, we got em in Toronto too..
    Yours is witty.
    The other is just too easy. Sorry, Mr. Blitt.

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