Art for Books & Periodicals: The Illustrations of Robert Neubecker

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Art for Books & Periodicals
The Illustrations of Robert Neubecker
Thu, Jun 14, 7–8pm

Robert Neubecker is an award-winning illustrator and children’s book creator. His work has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and just about every magazine in print. He has written and illustrated dozens of children’s books. Robert won the prestigious 2004 Key Award for Best Comedy Poster for the movie Sideways.

Life so far:

I started at The New York Times in 1975, when I was 21, my senior year at Parsons School of Design in New York City. I focus mainly on current events, politics and economics.

I lived in New York City from ’72 to ’94. It was a magical time to be a young artist in the city. It was cheap and dirty- the music and art worlds flourished.

BYU brought me out in 1993 as a visiting artist and teacher, and I fell in love with Utah. When I left the city, the worry was, could I still work? With the magazines, everything was face to face. But because of the Internet, it was like that again, but without the traffic jams on Sixth Avenue. I could work in Seattle, Chicago and New York all in the same day.

My first published drawings were black and white pen drawings. Later, I worked in watercolor. I did fat black and white brush drawings for early Internet work. Now I’m using Photoshop and exploring the wonders of digital illustration with one requirement: It can’t look digital.

In 1996, Bill Gates created to prove that a newsmagazine could exist solely on the Internet. Modems were so primitive in those days that simple B&Ws were all that would download. I used brush and ink for its simplicity and power. I stayed with Slate for 19 years, two drawings a week. There was no time; it was same day stuff, no sketches. They posted what I sent. It was glorious.

My first book for children, Wow! City! from Disney, won the ALA Notable Book Award for 2005. Over thirty books have followed, with many industry awards. Last year we did Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay Haring, Keith’s sister. (Dial Books) It was a labor of love for all who worked to bring it to life.

I live in Park City now, with my lovely wife Ruth, two teenagers, dogs, cats, moose, birds, and a lizard named Sam.

Location: Main Library, Children's Gallery

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