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May
03
2011

Portrait Night 5/3 (Grant Achatz)

Tonight’s #PortraitNight subject is chef and restaurateur Grant Ashatz.  This is actually one of my favorite  portraits so far, I think because it’s so stripped-down, cartoony, and not over-rendered as some of my past ones have been. It also looks like a character design that I’d actually do for one of my comics. I wonder if unconsciously–because I was drawing a chef–I made him look like one of the characters from my culinary-themed graphic novel in-progress, In the Weeds?

This turned out well enough that I got to thinking: if I did enough drawings like these, I could print up some setts of “Famous Chefs Trading Cards.” I did some cursory digging, though, and there don’t seem to be a lot of folks out there who print trading cards anymore. I’ll keep it in mind and maybe do a few more chefs as subjects for my portrait night before the year’s up. Anyway…If you’d like to suggest a #PortraitNight subject, you can do so either via the comments section here, or via my Twitter.

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  1. Eric says:

    If not trading cards, you could do a mini in a similar format to Schweizer’s “Authors of Adventure.”

  2. Ben says:

    Yeah, that’s a good thought. I’d for sure do a mini, if nothing else. I’d love to do trading cards of *something* though. That’d have some non-comics crossover appeal I think–particularly if it were something like cooking.

  3. Eric says:

    We’re missing the obvious option here — not trading cards, but recipe cards, the kind that go in little wooden boxes beside the stove. Chef picture on the front, signature recipe on the back.

    …Though I’m not sure what kinds of rights issues surround cooking….

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