Skip to content

Happy Birthday, Al Hirschfeld!

June 21, 2017

A birthday tribute to one of my heroes: illustrator and caricaturist Al Hirschfeld.

Both June 21, 1903, in St. Louis, MO.

His style was unique: he tried to capture a likeness with a minimum of lines.

He got his start drawing Broadway stars for newspaper theater reviews, and went on to draw almost every celebrity of the 20th century. He died on January 20, 2003, at age 99.

After his daughter Nina was born in 1945, he began hiding her name in his drawings. If he hid more than one, he’d indicate the number of concealed NINA’s by writing a number next to his signature. I always loved looking for them. I hope you will, too.blank vertical space, 16 pixels high
caricature of illustrator Al Hirschfeld by Mark Armstrong with 21 Ninas quote artists are children who refuse to put down their crayons

Come on, Dover!! The Ascot Race scene from My Fair Lady: Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison.blank vertical space, 24 pixels highAl Hirschfeld illustrator My Fair Lady Ascot race scene caricatures of Audrey Hepburn Rex Harrison

blank vertical space, 24 pixels highThe Captain calls for order in The Sound Of Music: Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer.blank vertical space, 24 pixels highAl Hirschfeld illustration Sound Of Music caricatures of Julie Andrews Christopher Plummer guitar Captain blowing whistle

blank vertical space, 24 pixels highLeft: Mr. Hirschfeld and his daughter Nina in 1961; right: date unknown.blank vertical space, 24 pixels highblank vertical space, 24 pixels highcaricaturist Al Hirschfeld with daughter Nina 1961 and as an older man late in his career
blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

    *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

Thoughts? I’d appreciate your feedback.

You might also enjoy this caricature of Sylvester Stallone.

blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

    *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *       *blank vertical space, 16 pixels high

About Mark: I’m an illustrator specializing in humor, branding, social media, and content marketing. I create images that get content seen and shared.

You can view my portfolio, and connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

Questions? Send me an email.

blank vertical space, 32 pixels high

blank vertical space, 16 pixels highblank vertical space, 40 pixels high