Thursday, January 9, 2014

People Who Died 2013

I was recently approached by the Philadelphia City Paper to once again do their annual People Who Died issue. I had done before it two years ago and had a great time working on it so when the opportunity came up again, I jumped on it.
AD Reseca Peskin came prepared with the idea of framing the portraits in presidential-style duotone stamps with the portrait full-color inside. I found a wealth of reference to draw from with different style frames from various countries and time periods.

Apart from the cover, I wound up with the task of doing seven portraits of the notable Philadelphia residents who passed away this past year.

Politician Happy Fernandez and jazz pianist Jimmy Amadie
Middle school student Laporshia Massey and firefighter Michael Goodwin
Lawyer A. Charles Peruto Sr. and MOVE bombing survivor Michael Ward
1950's television host Sally Starr
You can read about these subjects as well all 23 Philadelphians who died this past year on the City Paper website HERE or even read the entire issue at
Thanks again to Reseca and the City Paper for such a great gig!