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The Masks We Wear

Posted in Drawn Out Storytelling, Illustration, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2011 by Paul Swartz

Here’s what I’ve been working on for the last couple of days:

New Yorkers and people willing and able to travel on a whim: come and see the latest installment of Drawn Out Storytelling on Thursday, November 3rd!

It’s our almost-timely Halloween show, and it should be a fun one. For more information, you can pore lovingly over my poster, or check out our event on  Facebook or our website.


New Work in New York

Posted in Drawn Out Storytelling with tags , , , , , , on October 16, 2011 by Paul Swartz

Lena and I have been Brooklyn-based for a couple of months now and were, a few weeks ago, thrilled to present the first installment of the new and improved Drawn Out Storytelling. The show, which was performed at the Brooklyn Lyceum, went smoothly; so much more smoothly, at least, than our earlier efforts this summer. It’s always an honor to work with the multi-talented people who comprise the Drawn  Out community. For this show in particular, it was so exciting and gratifying  to work with storytellers Aaron Wolfe and Naomi Azar, whose work we’ve heard and enjoyed on This American Life and the The Story Collider.

Below are some of the slides that Lena and I illustrated for Aaron and Naomi’s story. I don’t imagine you’ll be able to divine the full story from these images (though, hopefully, you’ll be able quench your curiosity if/when the story appears on our video podcast). In brief, it’s a tale of relationships, growing together, and building a shared life (also breaking up for seven years). It also features America’s first four-wheeler, a post coital jaunt to Burger King, and a high stakes chess match.

The drawings of Aaron are mine (the thick purple arm hair is a stylistic trademark of mine and not an astutely observed feature of his. Aaron is not freakishly hirsute.) and the drawings of Naomi are Lena’s. Most of the backgrounds are hers too, but I drew Katz’s deli, the garage, and the chess board. Roughly, the idea was that Naomi’s “turf” was orange and Aaron’s purple and, as they created a shared life together, they became multi-hued rather than monochromatic. In the story, which involved the recycling of a lot of similar but slightly altered slides, the theme of the slow development of a common existence was clearer than it will be here, where I’ve collected an incomplete and out-of-context group of slides.

Anyway, this has been a really fun project to work on and we really appreciate all the support it’s been getting. We’ll be having another show next month (I’m not sure when/where, but I’ll let you know when I do) and we’d love to see you there!

New Projects

Posted in Drawn Out Storytelling, Other Events, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2011 by Paul Swartz

Well, likely-imaginary readers, I don’t know where to begin. I don’t know where to begin catching you up, and I don’t know where to begin reestablishing myself as a reliable correspondent. I think we’ll just have to take things slow for a bit until we find our rhythm again.

In brief, it’s been a whirlwind few months (and though the houses and cows are no longer airborne, the winds are still high). I have, among other things, been lately involved in a one-of-a-kind multi-media show called Drawn Out Storytelling. I’ll have a whole lot more to tell you about it soon (including where you can catch its next installment!) but, for now, here are a couple cool pictures I drew for it:

this first illustration accompanied a story by Ben Lillie and takes it’s title, “The Rise of the Orange and Purple Proletariat,” from a line therein.

This reptilian gourmand comes straight from a story by Jeff Simmermon.

Ben and Jeff are both fantastic storytellers and great guys to work with. Over the next few weeks, I’ll have a lot more to say about Drawn Out Storytelling, how I came to be involved in it, and the multitudes of multi-talented stroytellers, illustrators, and musicians who’ve been working on the show.

Anyway, it’s good to be blogging again. I’ll get looking for that rhythm if you do too.