Welcome to the first Coyneworks newsletter, home of all Susan Coyne / Coyneworks Illustration news and developments. I'm aiming to send out a compact newsletter each quarter, but this one will be a bit longer since it covers the past year. 

In September, I joined the team at Boston Public Radio's Open Source with Christopher Lydon as in-house illustrator. It's been a fun challenge to come up with editorial illustrations each week to pair with the (usually politically-minded) show. I've also gotten to do live drawings of interviews for the show with Zadie Smith, George Saunders, Teju Cole, and other writers I admire.

James Baldwin for Radio Open Source

Zadie Smith's live interview with Christopher Lydon for Radio Open Source

Zadie Smith looked through my sketchbook: "Your Trump drawings capture that little-child quality he has"

In May, 2016, I graduated from the MFA: Illustration as Visual Essay program at the School of Visual Arts. My MFA work culminated in A Brief History of Man and Dog, a 72-page illustrated book cataloguing our relationship with our canine friends. I shadowed canine students at therapy dog training classes, broke the "No Humans without a Dog" rule to draw at New York dog parks, and interviewed dog owners at the Howloween Dog Parade on the Lower East Side for research (see prehistoric Whippet above). For my thesis work, I received an MFA: Illustration as Visual Essay scholarship from the SVA Alumni Society.

Before A Brief History, I wrote and illustrated Is That Me? Or Maybe Not?: A Profile of Three New Yorkers, which profiled three immigrant New Yorkers: Chevy Evangelista, Eri Honda and Shu Odamura. In 2016 it was awarded Honorable Mention by 3x3 Magazine in the student book category and can be viewed on their online annual. It was a pleasure to jump into my first long-term graphic journalism project with this book, although I also learned what a slog interview transcription is! You can get your copy of Is That Me? here
At Chevy Evangelista's Brooklyn cafe
My first byline as writer/illustrator came in June, 2016, when a chapter from A Brief History was published in one of my favorite publications, the Toast. Soon after that, I illustrated Jenny Mollen's piece, My Dog Teets for Lenny Letter. It quickly seemed like I was inadvertently cornering the dog market, which was not an unwelcome development. 

I moved up to Boston in summer 2016. (New York and I are now on the friendly terms afforded by my not actually living there). I do miss the unbeatable drawing subjects and constant pathos on my old subway commutes, though.

New York subway drawings

From Dog Breeds: An Exhaustive Visual Guide for The Toast

In the fall, I had my first lightning deadline when writer/director Jim Strouse asked me to make a prop book for his film, The Incredible Jessica James, starring Jessica Williams ("The Daily Show"). The ABCs of Subverting the Patriarchal Paradigm was a radical feminist baby alphabet book. The film debuted at Sundance and will be available on Netflix soon.

Spread from The ABCS of Subverting the Patriarchal Paradigm in The Incredible Jessica James (dir. James Strouse)

Charlotte Shane asked me to include drawings in her compilation Bad Drawings by Bad Womenwhich included work by Hallie Bateman, Nikki Maloof, and others. Since the prompt was open-ended, my drawings explored Bad Things, including the nighttime 7 train, and when people don't appreciate the spiritually sustaining power of Sex and the City.

From Bad Drawings by Bad Women (TigerBee Press)

In December I submitted a drawing to Resist! magazine, curated by Francoise Mouly and Nadja Spiegelman. My drawing didn't make it into the print magazine, so I created a free downloadable poster. It ended up being printed out for marches in Boston, New York, and LA.

Poster for the Women's March.
Some people thought Bannon (left) was Hayao Miyazaki.

Seen here at a march in LA

For a piece in progress about online dating

A recent portrait commission
I would love to have the opportunity to pursue more editorial and book work. Please keep me in mind for future projects! In the meantime, I'm continuing to take personal commissions and am working on illustrated pieces about online dating and (what else?) the history of Japanese curry.

Thanks for reading!

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