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Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

The incomparable David Levine passed away yesterday. The Maestro of pen and ink used his biting wit and tremendous draftsmanship to prod the political elite like no other.

I was conflicted about todays doodle. Before I read the news, I was taking a short holiday hiatus until after the new year. if you think it seems like a sacrilege to pick up a pen in the memory of a man who was a god with a pen and nib, I'm not sure I disagree, but I was compelled to draw... and maybe that is the greatest compliment I could give him.

Rest in Peace

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From todays NYT

His Fine Art

2 Comments
  1. December 31, 2009 -

    I was so sad to read this too, Larry. I loved his work. I think his drawings were done with such humor but mostly with such a sensitivity to them, for caricatures. I always loved his Eleanor Roosevelt as a swan, and his Blunt, and of course, that hilarious portrayal of Kissinger. Such a loss. (Are you familiar with Rick Tulka's work? David Levine was a mentor of his. I love his work as well...he lives in Paris ,and he works for Mad magazine, but he heads, every day, by bicycle, to the Le Select cafe and draws the patrons there. He's fabulous! here's a link to his website: http://www.ricktulka.com/en/index.html Happy New Year, Larry! Looking forward to your art in 2010.

  2. December 31, 2009 -

    It seems the more you read about David Levine, the more you realize how generous he was with his time and talent, not just to Mr. Tulka, who I am familiar but with so many who shared an interest in drawing. Happy New Year