I figure the best way to start a new blog about yourself, is to talk about someone else
A month back I got the chance to write a bio for the illustrator Ryan Graber , for an upcoming feature on him over at Illustration Mundo. We met while in art school, and weren’t exactly the best of friends right away. However years have passed since our rocky meeting, and now I feel it is adequate to say he has become one of my closest friends.
So when I heard he needed to put a write up together I jumped at the chance. I wrestled the responsibility away from him and below is what I came up with. I saw this as a unique challenge, plus it would give me the opportunity to make an illustration for it.
How do you adequately describe someone with such a unique personality? Sure one could list accomplishments and important dates, but where is the commentary in that! They teach you to add a secondary element to a portrait of someone, something that beyond the accuracy of a rendering makes up their likeness. Ryan has a tough face to draw, which is why I recommend adding cartoon violence as the secondary element to back up and likeness troubles.
I present to you a portrait of a unique artist, accompanied for the first time ever by a portrait of the artist.
“Looking over the heads of strangers: The Ryan Graber story”
by Vincent Perea
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ryan Grabber has a love of sitting on rooftops. Standing at 6’6” one would think that this vertical distance from the average person would be enough to satisfy any man. However if your fingertips just barely brushed against the glittering lights of the stars, the teasing laps of their tongues would be maddening. One so tall would be compelled to gain even more height so he could snatch them clear out of the sky with out having to jump.
This is only one theory, but much speculation exists as to how Ryan came to develop his unique visual and editorial style. His delicate lines and energetic textures describe a world of absurd possibilities. With an offbeat sense of humor he is able to capture the often-ignored ridiculousness present in everyday life.
Does this come from time spent in a compactly built metropolis? Having lived in two such locales, SF and NY, there is no doubt that the rough pastiche of imagery and human insanity has affected his work deeply.
First and foremost Ryan is a man, a man with a quirky out look on life and a strong sense of humor, line, and commentary.
He is a man who wants to meet someone taller, so he may ridicule him or her by asking if they perchance…play basketball.
He graduated from the California College of the Arts (and Crafts) and he has worked for a variety of clients including: Google, New York Magazine, Visa, MSN, Popular Mechanics, and American Airlines.
He has recently returned home to the Southern California after 8 years, and he will not stop emailing me inappropriate but hilarious “You Tube” videos.