Eastern Promises

By Sukhdev Sandhu Illustrations by Paul Davis Paul Davis and I love the East End of London. He’s lived and worked here since the end of the ’80s, when it was still seen as a slum-infested footnote to the real …

Why I Became an Artist

I once read somewhere that only one in a thousand artists becomes rich and famous. In the past, the less fortunate 999 lived and worked in the proverbial attics. (Before elevators and waterproofing, “penthouse” wasn’t such a chic address.) The …

Evolution: One Leg Leads to Another

The human leg has evolved continually over many eons, adapting from an underwater propeller to its current form. But on book covers and on film and theater posters, the leg has evolved very little. In fact, the “A-Frame,” a cutoff-torso-spread-leg …

More Beasts, Heroes, and Beauties

And now, three rarer poses: heroes carrying heroes, beauties carrying heroes, and beauties carrying beauties. It appears that the only version of this pose that hasn’t happened is Beauty Carrying Beast.   Go back to the original “Beauty and the …

George W. Bush, advertising star

For international advertisers, George Bush has been a sure sell. Tagline: The world needs a tape like this. It’s a basic fact of advertising: Mainstream ads do not go against the grain. To reach the largest possible amount of consumers, …