When I started blogging 8 months ago, I pondered what to blog about. Being I spend most of my waking hours alone in my studio, I could hardly conceive of a more boring subject to write about than myself, so, I followed the old writers axiom, "write what you know".

Being a news junkie, there was a little ritual that I've been doing for years; morning drawings of the news makers of the day. They're done over coffee or on the train, quick doodles, done without corrections and off they go into the recycling bin without fanfare. I never really considered it to be part of my career as an illustrator. Just an exercise. I was digging the context that the text added to my drawings, but being they were drawn on the newspaper, they couldn't be used for publication.

Enter Bob Lindler, the imaginative Art Director for Walden Alumni Magazine. He saw my blog and said he's always looking to put a unique spin on the standard portrait. He liked my spontaneous ball point pen drawings and even how they sat over text, but what could I draw on that wouldn't infringe on someones copyright?... In the end, the decision was made to provided him with ball point pen drawings on plain newsprint paper and he would place it over the appropriate context.

Thanks Bob, everyone else told me these drawings had no use.

Ballpoint pen on plain newsprint paper

Ballpoint pen on plain newsprint paper

  1. November 7, 2008 -

    Wow! How great! It always pays off (and sometimes even in money!) to do what's fun and personal. Best, Z

  2. Dale Stephanos
    November 7, 2008 -

    Keep it up Larry, I've been enjoying your work. I've always believed that if you follow your passions they'll lead you to the right spot.

  3. Pat D
    November 7, 2008 -

    Larry, It's good to see it happen. Pat

  4. November 7, 2008 -

    Larry, my brother introduced me to your site about a month ago. I thought to myself, wow this guy must have a great job doing illustrations for a newspaper. This would definitely work well for the Wall Street Journal. Keep it up! You've inspired (and reminded) me to continue to follow my own personal work and process!

  5. dan
    November 7, 2008 -

    I'm very proud to have you as my brother, great job.

  6. November 7, 2008 -

    Thanks Zina...and congrats on your new book: http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/407054 ___________________ Thanks for your kind words Dale and Pat. ___________________ VEe! Wow! thank your brother for pointing you in my direction. Nice to know a guy with your chops as a draftsman is looking in...keeps me on my toes ___________________ Thanks Dan.

  7. Linda Weber-Smith
    November 10, 2008 -

    The use of your drawings has always been as all art is for eyepleasing enjoyment! Keep up the good work and thanks! Linda