People Who Died – Philadelphia City Paper

People Who Died - Philadelphia City Paper

I had the opportunity recently to illustrate 10 portraits for Philadelphia City Paper‘s annual ‘People Who Died’ issue. I was asked to create a cover illustration and 10 portraits of people with ties to Philadelphia who died in 2010. Here they are:

Szebolcs Prem and Dora Schwendtner and Manute Bol

Hiroshi Iwasaki and Polly Plummer Mackie

John 'Acid Squid' Weir and Prince Chunk

Solomon Burke and Trudy Pitts

Teddy Pendergrass and Sabina Rose O'Donnell

I worked on these portraits over Christmas and worked on some of the drawings while watching the Christmas day basketball games. That makes for a great Christmas – drawing and basketball. I was also asked to do the type on the banners. I’ve done a couple assignments where I’ve done hand-drawn type and it’s always a lot of fun. It was a bit tricky to fit some of the longer names in there but I’m happy with all of them.

Head on over to Philadelphia City Paper’s website to read about who these people are if you’re unfamiliar with them.

I hope you all had a great 2010 and have an even better 2011. Happy New Year!

3 thoughts on “People Who Died – Philadelphia City Paper”

  1. Brian Taylor Illustration

    These look great (and a lot of work). Blake Griffin is going to be in the slam dunk contest! Worth watching this year.

  2. Annie

    Very cool!! High five to Manute Bol!!

  3. Chantal

    Aww. Prince Chunk.