When I was a younger artist I looked with admiration to the few commercial artists with some stylistic range that could handle the serious and the comical in narrative material. Now closing in on 30 years of image making I have become one of those artists and,,, I like it that way. The mental and motor skills involved in solving technology, editorial, gallery work or teaching mixes it up enough for me to make it fun and not the continuous and never ending 9-5 routine. Here are a few recent pieces.
"Dust" A novel by Joan Francis Turner for Brown Alumni Magazine...
"Microsoft Word Styles" DVD packaging for Lynda.com. Top- detail | bottom- wrap around art...
"VBA in Access" DVD packaging for Lynda.com. Top- detail | bottom- wrap around art...
"Fox and the Goat" children's fable for 3CD ...
Man #176 | monotype | 5x7"image ...
Couple #178 | monotype | 12x15"image ...
Couple #180 | monotype | 12x15"image ...
Couple #181 | monotype | 12x15"image ...
Couple #179 | monotype | 12x15"image ...
Couple #182 | monotype | 12x15"image ...
Man #183 | monotype | 5x7"image ...
Victor JuhaszNovember 3, 2011
The Brown Alumni piece is real nice- Loise Brooks meets Lady Gaga.
You continue to knock them out of the park for Lynda.com. Love the colors and compositions.
Your "Couples" series keeps producing dreamy beauts.
The children's story image is very charming. How many did you have to do for the fable?
Richard DownsNovember 3, 2011
Thank you, Victor. I Really appreciate the nice comments. The fable is one big double page spread with the story printed over the dark walls of the water well and the headline in the sky.
Cathie BleckNovember 3, 2011
Beautiful synch of a vocabulary of voices, texture and line! Bravo!
Hal MayforthNovember 4, 2011
Love those monotypes,Richard. Outstanding.
Ellen WeinsteinNovember 4, 2011
All really lovely, Richard
Gérard DuBoisNovember 4, 2011
The Dust is really amazing and powerful, Richard.
Jim PaillotNovember 4, 2011
"Dust" rocks. I also like the drama of "Fox and Goat". A strong range of thinking and final art here, Richard.
Stephen KroningerNovember 4, 2011
andrea daquinoNovember 4, 2011
agree, richard - its a great range, yet all feels like "you". wonderful accomplishment!
Richard DownsNovember 4, 2011
Thanks you guys. Very nice to get such cool comments of support!
Tim OBrienNovember 5, 2011
Hi Richard, I finally have some time today to tend to Drawger business. Speaking of business, you seem to be IN it. Man, what output but I love that Goth Girl.
Richard DownsNovember 7, 2011
Thank you, Tim. Really nice to hear your comments!
Leo EspinosaNovember 7, 2011
the Dust piece is wicked, Ricardo!
Robert neubeckerNovember 8, 2011
I love the range- every single piece is a knockout and perfect for it's context.
Lou BeachNovember 9, 2011
Man, can you just pick a style and stick with it?
Monotypes = killer.
Katherine StreeterNovember 14, 2011
so gorgeous- always love seeing all of your work Richard, but those couples make me so happy!