Abel Charrow is a Los Angeles-based artist and creative consultant.
His considerable background in television comedy influences the trademark spontaneity and playful aesthetic of his work. Past illustration clients have included Penguin, NBC, Harvard, USC, the Red Cross, and a whole bunch of others. Abel also serves on a TV development think-tank with the former head of development for Zodiak Media.
No longer strictly a freelancer, Abel has excitedly accepted the full-time position of Creative Strategist for Soylent (which you may have read about in The New York Times, The New Yorker, or Buzzfeed). While his free-time is now stretched pretty thin, he is always open to discuss potential freelance projects. For commercial illustration inquiries, please contact Ogmog Creative Agency. Requests for private art commissions may email Abel directly (see contact).
Additionally, Abel is a contributing writer for Nerdist, where he previously wrote the daily Music Dispatch column. His 2011 listicle, "13 Required Songs for Your Halloween Party Playlist," bizarrely remains one of the most googled Halloween playlists on the internet. An archive of his articles is available HERE.
With 185,000 subscribers on Tumblr (for which he vehemently refuses to accept advertisement offers), Abel has maintained a large, though largely anonymous, internet presence. He has been described as "mysterious" by The Verge.
Most everything you need to know about Abel is covered in *THIS INTERVIEW with Gradspring,* but, for a quick summary:
His three passions are art, charity and running. In 2010, he created the surprisingly popular blog 6N6 Challenge. There, he mentored young runners, consulted grassroots fundraisers, and shared his artwork.
- 6N6 Challenge Shop (sales benefit the LLS)
- 6N6 Challenge on twitter
- An article about 6N6 Challenge on Buzzine
He then helped develop, and coach, Run Team Kina with musician Kina Grannis, and served on the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Greater LA's Man & Woman of the Year Committee for two years, helping to raise a record $700,000 for patient services and cancer research in their 2012 campaign.
He's very proud to be doing the graphic work for Amy Poehler and Meredith Walker's "ABCs of Smart Girls." Earlier, he co-designed the cover for Penguin's very funny 2014 humor book T-Rex Trying... And Trying. His illustrations are featured in this Digital Public Library of America video, as well as in this very weird National Pork Producers Council video.
Abel is an SSI-certified advanced-adventure scuba diver, a sub-three hour marathoner, and a casual bird-watcher (on one occasion, spending three days tracking the world's most endangered penguin, and, on another, gaining the trust of a pair of wild cassowaries). He thrives on new and unfamiliar challenges, leading to an admittedly odd collection of experiences: from snowboarding the Remarkables by helicopter, to hiring Fijian fishermen to help locate and explore an obscure coral reef, to camping on the rim of an active volcano within the tumultuous Democratic Republic of Congo. Abel considers himself a peaceful conservationist, though he did once have to decapitate an angry rattlesnake using only a pool strainer. That's a story for another time and place.
Oh, and he's received a bit of attention for his SnapChat skills (see Complex).