Interview With Painter & Illustrator Alvaro (PART 2)!

“I love that we’re talking more about reality than we are about art because it’s so much more important to get inside the artist than about the physical of the art,” painter and illustrator Alvaro says to So Booking Cool during the second part (check out part one ) of our interview.  “You’ve dug in and you let the art surface around, but you went inside. And I wish more people would do that with people that are very emotional and passionate.”

In part two of our conversation, Alvaro, candid and engaging as ever, opens up about being a “little” psychic. He also recalls his favorite books, including his 30-book Marilyn Monroe collection, the books he’s illustrated (Constance Gibson’s She Can Go Where Pretty Girls Go; Iman and Naomi Campbell) the time he discovered model and actress Joy Bryant, working with Mariah Carey, his thoughts on how the modeling world is evolving, more on his solo art exhibit, which will be open at Casa House 625 West 51st Street for a month, and more.

445_picture_of_coveraAs far as whether Alvaro plans to pen a memoir? The veteran artist says he will write a picture book about art instead of his life. “No one’s gonna wanna know about me. Not yet.”

Interview With Painter and Illustrator Alvaro! (PART 1)

alvaro2This Thursday in New York City, renowned painter and illustrator Alvaro will launch his new solo exhibit, which will showcase a raw range of his art. “I’m very excited about this because I’m going to be able to show people that it’s not just pretty things that I paint. These are my real paintings. These are not just illustrations that I’ve done for magazines or models and things, this is my more serious art,” he told So Booking Cool.

alvaro1Alvaro started his career at 18-years-old, which would go on to span 37 years and counting. He has illustrated several books and has created classic pop, political, parody, and fashion art (his portraits include his friends Iman, Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, and Linda Evangelista). His robust clientele includes everything from shows, private collectors, Giorgio Armani, The New York Times (his first feature), Calvin Klein, Vogue, and Bazaar to David Bowie and Mariah Carey, just to name a few. He is currently working on a piece in tribute to his all-time idol Harriet Tubman.

Alvaro, who grew up in the South Bronx, may have experienced bullying in his youth, but this did not deter him from believing in himself and chasing his dreams. He knew he would be successful and even carried around a portfolio with him. Alvaro knew he would meet his idol, legendary illustrator Antonio Lopez, and took the steps to make it happen and found a mentor, dear friend, and father figure all in one. What are the most important lessons Alvaro learned from Lopez? “To be kind, to respect people. To be chivalrous to women,” he answered.

Listen to part one of our must-listen interview with Alvaro, in which we chat about the unforgettable encounter he had with Andy Warhol, his thoughts on why some people do not open doors for others, versatility in art, cyber-bullying, such as stan wars, and more! For more information, follow Alvaro on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

Interview With “Maki” filmmaker Naghmeh Shirkhan!

NaghmehOut of all male nominees, Naghmeh Shirkhan won Best Director for her feature film Maki at this past week’s Chelsea Film Festival, a victory that both surprises but makes sense to the filmmaker. “It’s been such a long road for me, and I have kept at it. To me, it should not matter whether you’re male or female, the work should stand on its own,” Shirkhan told So Booking Cool.

Maki, which took 18 days to shoot, captures the story of a New York-based young Japanese woman’s coming-of-age. The film explores the themes of love and loss, power and manipulation.

Film_coverShirkhan, an Iran native, knew she wanted to work in film when she was in high school. She worked at a video store throughout her teens and early twenties in her hometown of Boston, and then attended film school. Once she graduated, she stayed committed to her passion and moved to New York where she worked in advertising and editing on the production side. While she knew she wanted to be an independent filmmaker, she lacked connections in the industry. But Shirkhan held onto her vision and eventually made her debut, critically-acclaimed film, The Neighbor.

Listen to the full interview to learn more about Shirkhan’s journey to filmmaking; Maki; what she thinks can be done to increase the amount of women filmmakers; the advantages that aspiring directors have today; her views on making movies on phones and casting; her love for books and how novels influence her; and more! For more information, visit http://maki-film.com/ and follow Shirkhan on Instagram.

Interview With Michael Bush, Author of The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson! [Part 1]

FullSizeRender (1)Michael Bush, the costume designer who dressed legendary entertainer, Michael Jackson, for 25 years talked to So Booking Cool about his book, The King of Style: Dressing Michael Jackson. The book was published by Insight Editions, a publisher that specializes in quality illustrated books that tribute cultural milestones in entertainment, history, and the arts–which is exactly what King of Style offers. Whether you are an avid Jackson fan or a casual one, an aspiring designer or stylist, fashion aficionado, and/or a pop culture enthusiast, this title is definitely for you.

Listen to part one of our exclusive interview with the humble Bush to learn how King of Style came about, how he worked as a team with the late Dennis Tompkins to create Jackson’s iconic fashions (including the “Smooth Criminal” lean-in shoes) the response Bush receives from other artists about his designs, and, of course, how it was working with and for the Gloved One, and more!

Interview With Artist & Illustrator Keturah Ariel!

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Entrepreneur and artist Keturah Ariel chatted with So Booking Cool about her company, the art industry, book publishing–including the upcoming Spring title, I Am Enough (HarperCollins) she illustrated by Empire star Grace Gealey-Byers. Keturah has been drawing and creating artwork for others since she was a child. The Columbus Ohio native worked at an art company before launching her very own, Keturah Ariel Brands.

Her designs range beyond illustrations, such as clothes and mugs. In addition to HarperCollins, Keturah’s clientele includes Essence, Hairfinity, Boys & Girls Club, and Giphy to name a few. And we exclusively learn Penguin Random House will be added to her clientele.

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Check out the interview with Keturah to learn what influences her socially aware artwork, other artists she admires, her advice for entrepreneurs, and more about I Am Enough. Visit the following websites for more information http://www.arielbrands.com/ and http://www.keturahariel.com/

Interview With Lisa DuBois, Illustrator of the New Rugrats Comic Books!

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Rising artist-star Lisa DuBois recently chatted with So Booking Cool about the brand new Rugrats comic book series, published by BOOM! Studios. The Michigan-based illustrator always knew she wanted to be an artist and envisioned creating animations. Check out the full interview with DuBois to learn how she got started, her advice for aspiring comic book artists, the challenges that come with being an illustrator, why maintaining good health is important for all artists, and more!

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The first issue in the series, Rugrats #1 is now available at a comic book store near you. Visit DuBois on her blog http://dublah.tumblr.com/ at  or on Twitter.

Interview With Publishers Weekly’s Associate Editor John Maher!

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John Maher, award winning journalist and the associate editor at Publishers Weekly recently talked to So Booking Cool about overseeing the web and print version, and social media of the trade company, his trajectory from pursuing music to poetry, writing, and seeking publishing jobs to becoming a reporter, and the book launch for the infamous alt-right English political commentator Milo Yiannopoulos.

For those of you unfamiliar, Simon and Schuster (S&S) pulled the publication for Yiannopoulos’ book after a series of controversial events that have offended many, including the publishing industry.

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Maher published the open letter  by Joy Peskin, editorial director at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers (Macmillan) in response to S&S. Press play to listen to the candid and insightful interview with Maher and learn more about the industry insider. The New York-based writer has written for a host of publications including, Kirkus Reviews and The Long Island Herald and is co-editor of The Dot and Line, an online publication focused on the art of cartoons. Visit Maher at his website http://sittingoncarfenders.com/