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Report on the SOI Workshop
posted: November 18, 2009
So finally after returning from NYC I had a chance to look at the wonderful photos Jessica Yeomans from the Society of Illlustrators took of the workshop we had there last week.

Here's a selection!

All photos by Jessica Yeomans
Thanks Jessica!

ps: (Here's also Christoph Hitz report about it)
Fernanda who enjoys the formalities introduces Goldin and myself....
Have I mentioned I love to talk?...
The Buffet. Anelle Miller filled her car with stuff from Materials for the Arts....
Dear Guy Billout serving himself from the buffet....
Working...
Anelle and Kate choosing stuff. Christoph is looking for something else......
Christoph making his great creations which he has already reported about. ...
Guy concentrating. It was hard to leave the airbrush and pen at home....
Adam Doyle, an illustrator and a former student of Guy....
Thinking....
Zimm and daughter Lila working on minimalist portraits....
Tim and Cassius O'Brien...
Stefan Kiefer, Cover AD for Der Spigel...
The birds lady...(sorry don't know the name)
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Kushena, a lovely FIT student who made a great Self Portrait....
Kate Feirtag from the Society of Illustrators showed her talent by making a portrait of her coworker Tara....
Guy made a "Guy Billout piece" though in a different medium....
Stefan's piece. (he wasn't happy with it)...
Great Squid by Nancy Sampson...
Great pair of birds by the lady above....
Jessica made these two great bears....
Slowly finished pieces piled up....

(You can see Zimm's great portrait of your friendly host, piven. It is in my studio now, HA!)...
...and we enjoyed looking at them....
and had some good laughs....
Stefan, Tim and Guy at my workshop! Talk about pressure. Great picture Jessica!...
These three lovely ladies came from NJ. Sorry that I don't recall names.
But their table had a definitive style....
Again I apologize for not remembering the name of the face behind these great faces....
Cassius made 3 wonderful creatures: a hungry skeleton, an ant and a bird.
Tim this amazing self portrait!...
Tom's portrait made by Neil, the techie guy at the Society...
Final pose with pictures....
13 comments
Tim OBrien November 18, 2009
I went to this event because Cassius went to Hanoch's lecture a while back and loves to make things. He like's Hanoch's work (who doesn't) and it seemed like a great way to get Cassius thinking. I got SO into it. It was facsinating and fun. Once I delved in, I felt the pressure. I know Guy was feeling the pressure and Stefan was sweating. To actually try this way of illustrating is to forget some of our skill set and tap unused ones. About 20 minutes into moving object around the surface I then realized that I was forgetting that the object should have meaning as well (at least in Hanoch's world). Cassius was a whirlwind. He knew what to do right away. A million ideas the only thing holding him back was sharing the glue gun. Thanks Hanoch. We had a great time and you're a natural teacher. My portrait was put down but not glued. Hanoch came by and said the zipper I was using as a mouth needed to be trimmed by about 1/2" to work. I cut it and suddenly it was me. The guy knows his stuff. Thanks Tim
laura tallardy November 18, 2009
man looks like i missed a great party!! looks like everyone had a fab time. i'll have to do a hanoch in absentia sometime :) lmk next time you come to the city! don't do it when i'm out of town!!
Zimm November 18, 2009
Hanoch, you are a true master my friend. Anyone out there who thinks that what Hanoch does is even remotely easy should give it a try themselves. I was quickly humbled. Sure thing, it was a lot of fun and the master was very kind, but man oh man, the results were just one step this side of miserable. Thanks Hanoch! You are the best teacher I ever had!
Robert Hunt November 18, 2009
I wish I could have been there for this- what a great event!
Shout November 18, 2009
wow! what a great workshop, congrats Hanoch, looking the images of this post I can say that I never see in my life any teacher get a result like this..! amazing! I wish I'd be there as well
Laura Levine November 18, 2009
Hanoch, this looks like a blast!
Jim Paillot November 18, 2009
Wow. I wish I could have been there with my kids. It looks like such a great time.
Hanoch Piven November 18, 2009
Wow. Thank you guys. I added some more images. Tim, I'm not giving you any more objects ever. If you did this in half an hour, you'd put me out of business!! Tallardy every time I'm in town you leave! I'm starting to suspect you don't like me. Zimm it was such a blast to meet you. Hunt, how about you teach me how to paint! Shout, un piacere to meet you in the weekend.! Grazie. Jim next workshop I'll shoot you an email. Laura how about a Workshop in your store? with all the stuff there?
Cathleen Toelke November 18, 2009
Really fun seeing the results. Jersey girls have a good thing going! Who did the one with the mop of raffia hair? Tim, that's you.
Hanoch Piven November 18, 2009
The raffia hair is Beethoven! Made by Sabine, Stefan's girlfriend who is a musician.
Christoph Hitz November 18, 2009
I've forgotten how much fun a workshop is...
Guy Billout November 24, 2009
Dear Hanoch, Like Deus ex Machina, you descended from the heavens, and you disappeared, leaving behind your bewildered followers... As Zimm pointed out: you were a very generous teacher to the self-conscious student I was. What a basic lesson you you gave us: putting oneself in "danger" of not being sure of what would be the next step, and for some of us, the gift of "divine surprises"... Thank you, my friend. When shall we have, you and me, a minute to catch u with the life of the soul? Warmest regards to you and to your loved ones. Guy family.
Hanoch Piven December 1, 2009
Guy dearest, what a beautiful comment! I am still indebted to YOU for all the wisdom you shared with me back in those days in Lafayette Street. And for your friendship since.
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