I’ve been working with illustrator David Cowles longer than almost anyone I know. We started working together when I was a peanut art director at the Village Voice in the late 80s, and he was just starting his illustration career while still working as an art director at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle newspaper. David has contributed to just about every magazine I’ve worked at, including a memorable weekly series at Entertainment Weekly and a cover for Fortune's 75th anniversary issue, among many highlights. I've followed his family's growth on David's brilliant annual Beatles LP cover homage Xmas cards, and we connect with each other just about every day through Facebook and Tumblr. We even did a joint online series a couple years ago commemorating the female celebrity crushes of our youth. In the late 90s I was working at Details and we were enthusiastically ripping off every vintage cultural design we could find and re-imagining it for the magazine. One day a couple big boxes showed up unannounced in the mail. Inside was a treasure trove of vintage delights: LPs, paperback books, posters, toys, games, 8-tracks, auto maps, pamphlets, and many more graphic delights, all of them pulled from David’s extensive personal archives (aka his basement) and sent to help inspire the Details staff to higher heights of retro glory. David’s illustrative talents are too great to fit into a tiny Facebook space, so I’ll just say that he’s a master at everything he does, whether it’s his brilliantly original portraiture, his ability to mimic anything stylistically, or his amazing animations (my kids have spent many hours watching his They Might Be Giants videos). And he’s also a heck of an art director and designer! I’m honored that David has contributed three illustration prints to the Friends of Bob Newman online benefit auction, including one portrait of me. You can bid on his super cool illustration of The Beatles here. Thanks to David and everyone else who has donated artwork to the  Friends of Bob Newman auction. The bidding deadline is June 11.

I’ve been working with illustrator David Cowles longer than almost anyone I know. We started working together when I was a peanut art director at the Village Voice in the late 80s, and he was just starting his illustration career while still working as an art director at the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle newspaper. David has contributed to just about every magazine I’ve worked at, including a memorable weekly series at Entertainment Weekly and a cover for Fortune's 75th anniversary issue, among many highlights. I've followed his family's growth on David's brilliant annual Beatles LP cover homage Xmas cards, and we connect with each other just about every day through Facebook and Tumblr. We even did a joint online series a couple years ago commemorating the female celebrity crushes of our youth. In the late 90s I was working at Details and we were enthusiastically ripping off every vintage cultural design we could find and re-imagining it for the magazine. One day a couple big boxes showed up unannounced in the mail. Inside was a treasure trove of vintage delights: LPs, paperback books, posters, toys, games, 8-tracks, auto maps, pamphlets, and many more graphic delights, all of them pulled from David’s extensive personal archives (aka his basement) and sent to help inspire the Details staff to higher heights of retro glory.

David’s illustrative talents are too great to fit into a tiny Facebook space, so I’ll just say that he’s a master at everything he does, whether it’s his brilliantly original portraiture, his ability to mimic anything stylistically, or his amazing animations (my kids have spent many hours watching his They Might Be Giants videos). And he’s also a heck of an art director and designer! I’m honored that David has contributed three illustration prints to the Friends of Bob Newman online benefit auction, including one portrait of me. You can bid on his super cool illustration of The Beatles here.

Thanks to David and everyone else who has donated artwork to the Friends of Bob Newman auction. The bidding deadline is June 11.

The Friends of Bob Newman online benefit auction is still in full effect. It was organized by some very good friends to raise funds for me and my family to help defray medical bills and living expenses after my serious accident last year. The auction features contributions from over 70 stellar photographers and illustrators. There are over 35 portraits of musicians and bands, including: The Beatles, Madonna, Etta James, John Lennon, Willie Nelson, the Cowsills, Bruce Springsteen, Exene from X, Jon Hendricks, and many more. (There are over 140 items total.)You can bid on these amazing illustrations and photographs here. We’re trying to get the word out to music (and art) fans, so please share this with anyone who you think might be interested. Thanks to all the fine artists who contributed to this project!

The Friends of Bob Newman online benefit auction is still in full effect. It was organized by some very good friends to raise funds for me and my family to help defray medical bills and living expenses after my serious accident last year. The auction features contributions from over 70 stellar photographers and illustrators. There are over 35 portraits of musicians and bands, including: The Beatles, Madonna, Etta James, John Lennon, Willie Nelson, the Cowsills, Bruce Springsteen, Exene from X, Jon Hendricks, and many more. (There are over 140 items total.)

You can bid on these amazing illustrations and photographs here.

We’re trying to get the word out to music (and art) fans, so please share this with anyone who you think might be interested. Thanks to all the fine artists who contributed to this project!

The New Republic, February 25, 2013Creative director: Dirk Barnett

The New Republic, February 25, 2013
Creative director: Dirk Barnett

Valentine Pop Special ‘67On the cover: Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger
See some classic Mick Jagger photographs at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.
Source: Jerry Hall

Valentine Pop Special ‘67
On the cover: Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger

See some classic Mick Jagger photographs at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.

Source: Jerry Hall

Teen Set, August 1967On the cover: Paul McCartney

Teen Set, August 1967
On the cover: Paul McCartney

Beatle Hairdos and Setting Patterns, 1960s
Source: Beatlepress
See some classic photographs of The Beatles at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.

Beatle Hairdos and Setting Patterns, 1960s

Source: Beatlepress

See some classic photographs of The Beatles at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.

Rave, October 1964
Source: Sweet Jane
See some classic photographs of The Beatles at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.

Rave, October 1964

Source: Sweet Jane

See some classic photographs of The Beatles at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.

Look, January 9, 1968Cover photograph of John Lennon by Richard Avedon
See some classic photographs of The Beatles at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.

Look, January 9, 1968
Cover photograph of John Lennon by Richard Avedon

See some classic photographs of The Beatles at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.

Life, February 1984
See some classic photographs of The Beatles at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.

Life, February 1984

See some classic photographs of The Beatles at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.

The Saturday Evening Post, March 21, 1964
See some classic photographs of The Beatles at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.

The Saturday Evening Post, March 21, 1964

See some classic photographs of The Beatles at Boom Underground, who is posting them as part of a month-long series on Hunks We Were Hot For, male heart-throbs from the 1960s & 70s.