About C.J. Pyle
Born in Richmond, Indiana, in 1956, Christopher John Pyle was a compulsive sketcher from an early age. Early influences include the cartoonist Basil Wolverton and the Italian caricaturist Paolo Garretto, though his creativity really grew during his time in the music industry. From 1975, and over the next decade, Pyle was the drummer for the Indianapolis band The Late Show, playing up to 300 gigs per year. During downtime for sound checks, or while traveling, he would create ballpoint pen sketches, perfecting his trademark weave technique.
Pyle began drawing cover designs for an Indianapolis news weekly in the late-1980s, catching the attention of clients such as Rolling Stone, Time and Sports Illustrated. He also hand-illustrated album covers for Verve and Atlantic Records. He has displayed his works in galleries and institutions throughout the United States, Europe, Australia and Japan.