Bob Eckstein will be live-drawing the Oscars for The New Yorker‘s website later on today. Link here for the magazine’s coverage. According to a Facebook post, he’ll also provide commentary.
I asked Bob to talk a little about the big night and here’s what he had to say:
I’m more excited than usual about tonight’s Oscars. This time I will be glued to the TV set with a Wacom tablet pen in one hand and a cocktail wienie in the other. My wife will be mingling and whispering in my ear what the vibe is at our friend’s fancy Oscars party and what everyone thinks of the dresses and selections. Our friend Carla, who is throwing the bash, is excited about being included in the piece and promised to save some food for me since I will be drawing non-stop.
How was I lucky enough to get this opportunity? I was lucky. And it’s a numbers game more than anything. I’ve been drawing and writing for The New York Times for over 30 years! I started with a page illustration in the magazine section when I was just a teenager. I’m not sure if I came up with the idea or someone else did but about five years ago it was suggested I draw the Super Bowl in real time. I think I pushed to just write jokes and skip the drawings. That seemed like more fun. And less work.
Anyhoo, that exposure lead to this job and otherwise I wouldn’t be drawing tonight but just stuffing my face with Oscar-shaped macaroons. You may ask, what do I know about movies. I watched most of the nominated pictures? I will say that for years I wrote, including reviews, for the Village Voice, Newsday and other publications. My wife and I met in art school where we were both film majors (and of course I studied film history).
As a DVD extra I’ll add that she won a student Emmy and absolutely hated my guts. I switched in my last year to an Illustration major. Twelve years later we ran into each other again at a mutual friend’s funeral. We were asked to curate the deceased friend’s retrospective together. And shortly afterwards we eloped to Iceland.
(above: Eckstein’s Oscar-wielding Tilley).
Link to Bob Eckstein’s website: bobeckstein.com
Link here to see Bob Eckstein’s New Yorker work on the magazine’s Cartoon Bank site.