Ideal Bookshelf 86: JS 2010 / 9"x12" / gouache & ink on paper
SS commissioned this painting for her father as a birthday present. She's currently 3,000 miles away from him, so I photographed versions of the books he loves (based on the list she sent) at the bookstore (thanks B&N!) and combined them. I think the colors are amazing.
Ideal Bookshelf 80: GW 2010 / 9"x12" / gouache & ink on paper
I consider George one of my best friends ever, even though we don't see each other in person very often, despite living in the same city. I value his opinion highly; whenever I start a new project of some sort, I wonder, "What would George think about this?" and often improve things based on the answer. We went to college together, where I dated his best friend and he dated the girl who would eventually become my first roommate in Manhattan (and would later marry Steve Martin). Later on George and his wife Jen and I all worked together at Bolt. Now he is the chef and owner of egg in Williamsburg, where the line for a weekend table stretches around the block. He and Jen and their two beautiful blond daughters also have a farm upstate where they grow much of the produce for egg.
These are the books he feels contributed to who he is today.