Dec 21, 2010
Chris Gall has been drawing pictures and writing stories for as long as he can remember. When he was caught drawing pictures on his desk in second grade, his teacher made him clean all the desks in the classroom. She suggested that he might be an artist someday. He won a Read Magazine Young Writer's Award in 7th grade, and that inspired him to write stories to go with his art.
In college he decided to become an illustrator for a living and he has been creating artwork ever since. His artwork has been seen in almost every publication in America, including Time, Newsweek, People, Fortune, The New York Times, and the Washington Post. He has won over 50 major awards from such organizations as Communication Arts Magazine and the Society of Illustrators. He has been an adjunct professor of art at the University of Arizona, he loves to restore classic cars, he pilots all kinds of airplanes, and he even spent 4 years as a professional stand-up comedian.
For more information about Chris Gall visit his Web site at http://www.chrisgall.com/
I researched the life of the author, including interviews and essays which addressed the author’s inspiration for the poem. After I felt I had a good sense of the author’s intent, I set about to narrow down my possible subject matter to a classic symbol of American industry in the early 20th century-the Chrysler Building in New York. I wanted to capture the sense of drama, wonder and achievement that was prevalent during that period of American history. But more than an architectural solution was required-I needed to address the human element as well. After many sketches I centered around a quiet moment perched high on one of the steel gargoyles. The solution lay in the juxtaposition of architectural drama and everyday life.
For the past 6 months I have been collaborating with an internationally-known NYC mixologist to create an illustrated book of modern mixology. For those of you unfamiliar with the term, it means cocktails. Very sophisticated cocktails. The high-end cocktail scene is exploding in NYC right now, and is spreading quickly around the world. These illustrations are but a fraction of the art I have created for the book, each illustration typically paired with a particular cocktail recipe. I was working with with a limited palette for the unity of the design of the book.