Illustrator Robert Risko recently designed characters for Hey Joel, a new Curious-produced animated series for VH1. While satire seems redundant in the kooky world where music and TV intersect, the show takes full advantage of the humor inherent in the subject - a celebrity interview show on VH1. Risko designed the four main characters in the show and, of course, Risko's celeb caricatures also figure prominently in the show; he's interpreted the likes of Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Waites and Moby. Risko says he finds inspiration for his non-famous characters from the streets of New York - "a voyeur's dream." For his celeb characters, Risko says he tries to work from candid photos. "It's about seeing the architecture of someone's face," he says. Those who have opened a magazine over the past few decades have seen Risko's graphic characterizations; his work has appeared regularly in Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. The show is a co-venture between Curious and Toronto-based Blueprint Entertainment, with animation by Toronto's Calibre Digital Design.
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