Jim Blanchard has tilled many fields across his 40 year artistic career, but perhaps the most widely-seen are his portraits, often commissioned for magazine illustrations. Brothers and Mothers collects over 130 of his compelling, detailed illustrations of rockstars, actors, neighborhood eccentrics and dogs, spanning the last 20 years. Rendered in a range of styles from pointillism to pencil and wash, Blanchard expands from photographs to instill added dynamism, allegorical or abstract backgrounds, and often creates an impression more "real" than the photograph itself.
About the Author
Born in Texas, Jim Blanchard has lived all across the U.S.A. and in Norway. From 1982–1988, he was the editor and publisher of the punk rock/graphics zine Blatch. In 1987, he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he’s been an illustrator, designer, and comic book artist, as well as an art director. His previous books for Fantagraphics include Meat Warp, Beasts & Priests, Glam Warp and earlier retrospective Visual Abuse: Jim Blanchard's Graphic Art 1982-2002. He lives in Bellingham, Washington, with his wife Diana and his dog Lucius.
This is the kind of book, unlike others of its ilk, which you will return to again and again. The portraits yield new surprises on each viewing and cover a wide range of subjects. Any collection that includes Sid Haig, Barbara Steele, Peggy Lipton, Don Van Vliet and Timothy Carey alongside Lee Marvin, Pam Grier, and Steve McQueen is special. — George Pelecanos, from his introduction