Ken Fallin's Illustrations for Playbill
Ken Fallin's drawings are a weekly recurrence on PLAYBILL.com and feature the greatest stars and scenes in theatre. Ken's most recent illustration is for "Dead Accounts" and pictures actors Norbert Leo Butz, Katie Holmes, and Jayne Houdyshell.
Ken's weekly illustrations started when he proposed the idea to Andrew Gans, editor of PLAYBILL.com. Andrew was keen on the idea and let Ken run with it. After attending a show and looking at production photos, Ken does a pen and ink drawing. When the drawing is finished, Ken uses Photoshop to add color highlights to the image. "Doing a weekly drawing makes me feel that I'm a tiny part of the theatre, and that my efforts are helping to keep a great illustration tradition alive."
Ken Fallin Illustrates Obama & Romney for the WSJKen Fallin illustrates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney for two WSJ opinion articles written by the presidential candidates themselves. Ken has been a regular contributor at the Wall Street Journal, drawing at least one illustration a week since 1994. This illustration was commissioned last Wednesday by WSJ Art Editor, Kate LaVoie. "I was told not to make either candidate look too grim or too "toothy", which I sometimes do. It is, after all...caricature," says Ken.
Ken was asked to draw both Obama and Romney on one page but with enough space between to divide the images if needed. The illustration Ken created eventually ran as two separate images on two separate articles this past Friday, November 2nd.
Ken Fallin Exhibits in HollywoodKen Fallin is exhibiting his iconic celebrity portraits, old and new, this month in Los Angeles. The solo show, entitled "Ken Fallin Draws Hollywood," opens today at the Hamilton-Selway Fine Art Gallery. Fallin submitted over 160 drawings to the gallery, most of them related to film and celebrity. Most of the published work is from his contributions to The Wall Street Journal including the drawings of Liza Minelli, Colin Firth, George Lucas, and Paul Newman.
Fallin created several new drawings just for the gallery show, Bette Davis in "All About Eve", Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire", "The Godfather", "Casablanca", and "Midnight Cowboy." Additionally, he drew all of this year's nominees for the Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars: Glenn Close, Jean Dujardin, Rooney Mara, Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Michelle Williams, Viola Davis, George Clooney, and Demi'an Bichir.
"Ken Fallin Draws Hollywood" opens tonight in Los Angeles. It will run until February 25th. For more information, visit the gallery's website.
See more of Ken Fallin's illustrations here.