Sunday, August 10, 2008

New Practice Piece

I haven't been drawing much lately. I had other JOB related stuff to do. but I am getting back into it. This was a warm up piece for the new work I will have in the Fall issue of NUDE. I got it done just in time. 


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Nude News

Wow... I have mentioned in a previous blog about the the success of Carrie Leigh's Magazine compare to the failures of so many, one time popular, magazines today. This is really amazing because NUDE is not a sports or entertainment magazine, nor is it an erotic men's magazine even though it contains nude images and it's name is "NUDE".  

NUDE is a fine art, black and white, artist nude art magazine, and it is not only selling off racks as soon as it hits, but it is being talked about and making news.


LOS ANGELES, July 18, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ ----Fine art publisher Carrie Leigh announced today that she has expanded Nude Magazine's distribution base. With the release of the summer issue, in stores now, Ms. Leigh says that she has added Barnes and Noble to her existing distribution base which includes Borders, Joseph Beth, Hastings and other fine booksellers and newsstands throughout America.

In meeting her first year's goal for the United States Distribution of Carrie Leigh's Nude, she also says that she is now looking to expand distribution in foreign markets that presently include: Canada, Germany, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Luxembourg and Brazil.

Fine art photographer Carrie Leigh, who lived with Hugh Hefner in the early to late 1980's founded Nude in 2007 to fill a void in the publishing world. According to Ms. Leigh, "there was not an outlet for established artists or undiscovered talent to have their work seen by the world, so we created one."

Carrie Leigh's Nude is a high end plate printed, sheet feed art quarterly that has been called a book disguised as a magazine which has been embraced by art aficionados throughout the world.


CARMEL, Calif., Aug 01, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ ----The success of Carrie Leigh's NUDE Magazine has set a new standard for the world of fine art aficionados, says historian, lecturer and photographer Kim Weston. "Imagine, it has taken almost fifty years for America to catch up with the rest of the world in how the female form is viewed as art and not pornography. In Europe and Japan the female body has been viewed in the way NUDE portrays it for decades and now finally in America we have a publication that breaks new ground for artistic freedom. My grandfather, the legendary photographer, Edward Weston, had spent his last years attempting, but with no success, to publish his work in a format similar to Carrie Leigh's NUDE." Weston says, "Ironically, it took decades for Edward's work to be published by the Getty Museum, and now we have a quarterly fine art magazine that exhibits the finest fine art photographers."

Weston continues, "Considering that twenty years ago photographer Carrie Leigh was titled the First Lady of Playboy, who would have guessed that both her talent and taste, in art, would be the tremendous force that is now establishing the way the world sees the female form.

"I have had the pleasure of both exhibiting in NUDE and working with Carrie Leigh," adds Weston, "and I can truly say that her talent as a artist and a curator will be felt for years to come."


Playboy's Former First Lady, Carrie Leigh Signs Multi Million Dollar Distribution Contract for NUDE Magazine

LOS ANGELES, Aug 05, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Rider Circulation Services has announced that publisher Carrie Leigh has signed a multi year multi million dollar extension contract for the distribution of her magazine NUDE. According to Mike Werner, "in it's first year Carrie Leigh's NUDE has established itself as the leader in the fine art world and it's growth is unprecedented for a magazine of it's gender Since its release in September 2007, Carrie Leigh's NUDE has become one of the fastest growing publications in many years and we are pleased to be the distributors of this title. In addition to NUDE, Rider Circulation Services has offered Ms. Leigh a development deal for future titles."

"Ms. Leigh's is a very astute publisher," adds Mr. Werner, "therefore because she has proven that she has the ability to create print product for niche markets we have extended her distribution contact to include all new titles she wishes to produce."

Gary Frischer, spokesperson for the Carrie Leigh Publishing Group confirms that, "Carrie is obviously pleased with her new contact and we are developing another title but are very cautious in that we believe that it is a mistake to produce a magazine that is replicated by thousands of internet sites. NUDE is a one of a kind high quality magazine that Carrie Leigh created with every element of fine art and photography in mind. Her goal was to place a fine art quarterly back on the coffee table and by the success of NUDE she has obviously succeeded. The new publication will have the same quality and impact of NUDE and we are looking forwards to its launch in 2009."

SOURCE Rider Circulation Services
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To me this is all amazing.. I am sooooo proud of my friends who put this all together. I am honored to have my little part in it as an artist, and I am hoping to see the magazine go on  for a long time.

With the chaos going on in this country and the world around us, and puritanical values that, at times, seemed to be being force upon us, that art and artistic nudity can find it's place and be successful.