The wry and sardonic artistry of Charles B Slackman

The wry and sardonic artistry of Charles B Slackman

Slackman” he would answer in a flat ironic voice whenever one phoned him to offer an illustration assignment.

He was grumpy, wry, dedicated and absolutely charming.  

He drew precious, detailed, pen-and-ink drawings with precision and dedication, hunched over his drafting table, his long-haired white cat faithfully nearby. 

Since 1963 when they married, he shared his life with his beautiful wife, ballet dancer Betteanne Terrell Slackman. 

His studio in their 57th street penthouse apartment faced North, the walls and furniture all white, with magnificent light filtering in throughout the day. 

Their beautiful home in Sag Harbor, New York, was equally tasteful. 

It was a charmed life, punctuated by his trademark handlebar mustache and the round-shaped sunglasses that he never removed. 

He was 80 years old when he passed away in 2015. 

RIP, Charles Slackman. You are unique in every way. 

– Traci Churchill
   Artist and Designer
   tracichurchill.com
   illoinfo.com

 

 Illustration for album art, designed by Paula Scher

Illustration for album art, designed by Paula Scher

 Illustration for album art (back cover), designed by Paula Scher

Illustration for album art (back cover), designed by Paula Scher

 Illustration, 1962

Illustration, 1962

 Tall City citizens from the book  Famous Sally , 1966

Tall City citizens from the book Famous Sally, 1966

 Comic for  Horizon  magazine, 1971

Comic for Horizon magazine, 1971

 Illustration for  American Heritage  magazine, 1964

Illustration for American Heritage magazine, 1964

 Illustration in  Horizon  magazine, 1970, for Alvin Toffler essay,  Future Shock

Illustration in Horizon magazine, 1970, for Alvin Toffler essay, Future Shock

 Page layout with his brilliant illustration for a magazine article

Page layout with his brilliant illustration for a magazine article

 Illustration for  Horizon  magazine

Illustration for Horizon magazine

 Slackman drew the letter "E" for  UL&C , among a stellar lineup of artists 

Slackman drew the letter "E" for UL&C, among a stellar lineup of artists 

 Birds in a Tree, illustration for magazine article, 1972

Birds in a Tree, illustration for magazine article, 1972

  Famous Sally , 1966

Famous Sally, 1966

  Angry Kate

Angry Kate

 Album cover art, 1959

Album cover art, 1959

Powerhouse Anita Kunz

Powerhouse Anita Kunz

The uncanny wit of James Yang

The uncanny wit of James Yang