Joe Ciardiello


Elmore Leonard

NOVEMBER 16, 2007
ELMORE LEONARD'S 10 RULES OF WRITING was recently published by Harper Collins. Leonard is considered one of the greatest crime novelists working today and a master of dialogue. Many films have been made from his stories including GET SHORTY, JACKIE BROWN, OUT OF SIGHT and 3:10 TO YUMA. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to meet Elmore (now 82) and work with him and his researcher Gregg on this project.

NY Times Book Review

OCTOBER 14, 2007
Alan Greenspan
I've enjoyed having the opportunity to do a number of portraits recently for the Sunday Book Review. The art director, Nicholas Blechman, is a pleasure to work with. He's that rare breed of AD that "gets" what you do and allows you the freedom to do it.

Sister Rosetta

MAY 18, 2007
Since Edel posted his great version of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, I decided to post mine. Later in life she lost a leg (I beleive to diabetes).
She was one of the true unsung pioneers of Rock and Roll... moving from the spiritual to the secular.

Robert Andrew Parker

MAY 14, 2007
The great artist/illustrator Robert Andrew Parker turns 80 years old today. I've been very fortunate to have had a friendship with this remarkable man for over 15 years.
As a way of studio cleaning, I've offered to help him "unload" some of the illustration art he's accumulated over the past 50 years.
There will be a one time only sale of this work at the Society of Illustrators on Friday June 1st in the lower (basement) gallery from 5:30-8:30 pm. The prices are extremely reasonable (checks only, no cash please).
Hopefully some Drawgers in the area can make it.