Artist looks back on a year of drawing The Los Angeles Times
Photos from top: The Jan. 1, 2011, page. Credit: Erik Shveima.
January 20, 2012 | 12:38 pm
— Erik Shveima, Mixed Media Daily
Los Angeles artist Erik Shveima set out last Jan. 1 on a personal project to draw the Los Angeles Times every day of 2011. In a guest post, he looks back on the endeavor:
This past year the paper kept me up at night.
Not because I worry about its future (although I do, in fact, worry about its future), but because of what that worry compelled me to do.
Mmd-01_01_2011In late 2010 I decided to dedicate the coming year to drawing the Los Angeles Times — the front page in particular — every day. By the end I would have a portrait of the year’s news, a 21st century commonplace book dedicated to the mystery of news cycles, serif fonts and spadeas (which, I learned from a commenter, is what those half-page ads that wrap around the A section are called). I called the project Mixed Media Daily, and I posted the drawings every day.