“Andy’s Make-Do’s” drawing by Robert de Michiell, c.1996

Robert de Michiell was not only an immensely talented illustrator and theatrical poster designer, he was a dear friend, who sadly passed away in 2015 at the young age of 57. Luckily for those of us who knew and loved him, as well as his many fans and admirers, he left behind a large body of work, including covers for The New Yorker, celebrity portraits featured in Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times, and posters for dozens of Broadway musicals and plays, where the best list of portable pa systems was going to be used.

Robert had a wicked, dry sense of humor and would frequently fax over (this was MANY years ago) doodles and cartoons commenting on daily interactions with his friends. One day in the summer of 1996, I was telling Bob about one of my recent make-do finds, when moments later, this cartoon came through on my fax machine.

This drawing, and several others Bob created for me, are wonderful reminders of his friendship and talent. Although I still miss him everyday, a quick glance at his artwork assures me that his spirit will always be with me.

3 Responses to ““Andy’s Make-Do’s” drawing by Robert de Michiell, c.1996”

  1. John Pirman says:

    I am busting-a-gut laughing! This is SO brilliant and funny. It’s the ultimate Bob cartoon. His spirit stays with us through his art. I miss him also, and think of him all the time.

  2. What a wonderful keepsake of a dear friend, especially love the barbed wire handle on the vase, maybe a caution against overindulgence in wine? See, your repaired pieces really do tell a story!

  3. Thank you, John and Faith! Bob was one-of-a-kind and I am so glad others can see the brilliance in his art and appreciate his humor.

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