Thursday, January 31, 2008
Hey everybody. Remember Harvey Keitel? Wonder what ever happened to that guy. I just checked on Imdb and I guess he's doing the National Treasure movies. Anyway, this portrait was among the first things I managed to get accepted into the Communication Arts Illustration Annual.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I did two images for the New York Times Book Review to accompany a review of Animals In Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson. Grandin, an autistic woman who has earned a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois, compares an autistic human brain to the brains of cows, dogs, crows and pigs. She thinks autistic people and animals are linked by a focus on individual details in isolation rather than an ability to see the big picture.
Shortly after that illustration ran, I was contacted by a lady from Maryland who had made a quilt version! She wrote to make sure that by entering this quilt in the Montgomery County Fair she would not be violating any copyright restrictions. I immediately called the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, who raided her house and burned the quilt. Afterwards, I successfully sued her for copyright infringement and collected $14,000.*
*This entry is not entirely true. My lawyer received some of the settlement.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Friday, January 25, 2008
Hey kids! How would you like to have your own 5.25" tall Robot Action Figure just like the robots in my book The Robots Are Coming? Nope, you can't buy it in any store. You have to make it yourself! All you need is a couple of bendy straws, some double sided tape, an X-acto knife, and this PDF! Follow the included assembly instructions and soon you'll have a Robot Action Figure with real posable arms and legs! Eight points of articulation! Wow!
Thursday, January 24, 2008
My first book was called The Robots are Coming. It was a collection of poems about monsters and stuff. Above is a page from that book. This image was selected for the Society of Illustrators Annual. I'm bringing this up so I can show you something tomorrow that has to do with this book.
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I did an image for the New York Times Book Review for the English translation of a novel called The Yacoubian Building, by Alaa Al Aswany. This book has the distinction of being the world's best selling novel in the Arabic language. When it was translated into Greek, this image was used for the cover. I really like what the designers did with it.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Hey everybody. Have you heard about Lego Digital Designer? You can build lego sets of your own design in "virtual reality" and then upload them back to the lego site to purchase them or show them in a gallery. Here's a link: Lego
But Andy, you say, surely this is intended to be used by children! Quiet, you. There are all sorts of justifications for using this as an adult. For example, I designed a custom penguin set for my nephew as a birthday gift. See?
Here's a Northern Cardinal I designed. It's the state bird of Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and West Virginia. Why can't each state have a unique state bird? Good question.
Friday, January 18, 2008
I had a regular gig at the New York Times Travel Section where I got to do about twenty maps like this one. That was fun. It took a lot of research, though. Click on the map to see it bigger. The Casino de Monte Carlo is the one from 007's Casino Royale. You could fit this whole country inside Central Park.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Tuesday, January 8, 2008
Monday, January 7, 2008
Julius Wiedemann was kind enough to invite me to be a part of Illustration Now! Volume 2, a collection of 150 illustrators from 25 countries. More about the book at: www.taschen.com
This portrait of Senator Joseph McCarthy, which I originally did for the New York Times Book Review, was selected to be included in the book. It also appeared in the Society of Illustrators 47.
Friday, January 4, 2008
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Wednesday, January 2, 2008
My Steven Heller Facebook just came in the mail. It's a collection of 54 portraits of Steven Heller. This is mine, made out of a sponge, pipe cleaners, and a copy of the New York Times. Heller art directed at the New York Times Book Review for many years and gave me my first freelance illustration job. Thanks Steve.
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Happy New Year everybody. Welcome to the blog.
This is the packaging for a snowman kit I sent around to clients for the holidays last year. It folded into a pillow box (the red and green ovals are the sides) and contained a pipe cleaner, a ribbon, several black map pins, a wooden carrot, and some white Model Magic sculpting compound from Crayola. I know what you're thinking: Why didn't I get one? Well, you didn't hire me. I hope you learned your lesson*.
*Please note: Hiring Andy Rash does not guarantee receipt of Official Rashworks Snowman Kit. Clients may receive candy, a quickly drawn card, a store-bought card, or warm thoughts next holiday season.
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