Showing posts with label sketchbook. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sketchbook. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Mama's Boy

Mama's Boy - 11" x 14", microns on bristol

New extended doodle.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Sketchbooking 3

Some of my students have a diptych project to do, so I thought I'd start treating these pages more like diptychs.  Fun to play with that call and answer dynamic, especially with collage elements from my new beloved Standard American Encyclopedia.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Sketchbooking 2 - Indoors

Here's some new sketchbook stuff.  I bought some old encyclopedias at Circle Thrift on Frankford in Philly, and I've been collaging them into my sketchbook, and then just seeing where they go.  The prints are great - they have that great black and white weathered xerox look on nice slightly yellowed paper.   It's been a nice end of the day art activity.  More to come!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012


Here's a little sketchbook project I've been fooling around with for the last few weeks.  I feel like I've been a bit lost - pursuing things more technically than artistically . . . ?  Anyway, I thought I'd try to mess around with something a little abstract.  So - I love aquariums.  And that love has led to the death of many fish.  But I thought it was an interesting problem - an ever changing rectangle of shapes.  So here's the beginning of a little side projects.  I present to you - AQUARIUMS!!

Monday, May 7, 2012

The Joy of the Micron.005

Between shuttling back and forth from Pratt for the end of semester survey and final critique, I got to spend a little quality time with my oft ignored sketchbook and some .005 microns.    
I love the 65 year old women who dress like 18 year olds in Brooklyn.
How do they keep that denim so shiny?!?


Puffed up pigeon under a heat lamp in Chicago.
Character idea for a children's book I'm messing around with.

One Philly park tree, one Central Park tree.  The Philly one is the one
with cheese whiz all over it.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tinker Tailor Portraits

Watched "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy" last weekend - great movie.  Love the lo-fi cold war stuff.   I also loved seeing a lot of great British faces.  Pictured are Gary Oldman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Mark Strong,
Cirian Hinds, Colin Firth and Toby Jones.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Two Hours at the Museum

My parents swung by Philly for a lovely visit and we spent part of the afternoon at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.  They have a great collection, and given my recent interest in sketch booking (and trying to brush up my skills for the in-the-works-cross-country-bike-ride) I though I'd try to do a little work while I was walking around.
Bust, bust with stache.

I do love me some Stu Davis.

When people ask me about Philly, I say "wherever you go, nice restaurant, fancy hotel lobby -  there's a guy in shorts and Phillies t-shirt".  This is untrue - as evidenced by this drawing, he is sometimes wearing an Eagles Starter Jacket.

Mod tackles air-smooching.

Drawing of the surgeon, Dr. Agnew,  from the "The Agnew Clinic" by Eakins.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sketchbook Portraits . . . Some good, some not.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays everyone!
Michelle was nice enough to multi-task - napping/posing - while we watched "Scrooged". 
I must admit, caricaturing Cary Grant while watching "North by Northwest" proved to be a little tougher than I thought. . . These are bad, but I like the page.
Another attempt with a (little more success) of doing a caricature/portrait - Bill Murray while watching Bill Murray.  It doesn't hurt that he's a got a great mug (and I've already drawn him once this year:)). 

Monday, December 19, 2011

New sketchbook pieces

Haven't had much of a chance to do much sketch booking with the show looming so it's been nice to try to get back into a little drawrin'.  Mostly these are done on commutes back and forth from Philly to Brooklyn - and it's fun to play with the shaky hand spontaneity.

Friday, October 21, 2011

This is Otis. I love Otis.

A little gouache and watercolor demo I did for my Illustration class students at Pratt of the late great Otis Redding.  Some of them were unfamiliar with Otis, and to be honest, I'm sort of jealous of the mind blowing they'll get when they discover the best soul singer ever.

Friday, July 29, 2011


For whatever reason I've been in the mood to watch Star Trek: Next Generation for a few months.  Maybe it's the appeal of cold space to contrast with the heat, or maybe a bit of summer nostalgia but whatever the case, it was pretty sweet when all seven seasons showed up on Netflix's watch it now.  I always considered myself a Kirk man - but I'm swaying . . .

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend - Lets Go Mets!

I almost forgot to post this!  I had a great memorial day weekend with my fam going out for a lovely dinner on Saturday night, and then watching the Mets lambaste the Phillies on Sunday followed by a sweet BBQ on my cousin James' and his fiancee Emily's rooftop deck in Astoria.  It was such a pounding by the Mets that I even found time to squeeze in a four inning drawing of the stadium . . . I thought it would be quicker, but man - stadiums are complicated, and baseball is glorious and therefore distracting.  I've been back in the city quite a bit since moving to Philly and let me tell you, New York's a nice place to visit.  Even made me a little homesick.  That is, until I came home to my big studio, AC'd apt, and did laundry IN the apartment.  Adios homesickness.  If only the Mets and Phillies could do a sort of exchange program for a season or two . . .

Saturday, May 7, 2011

I have this dream of riding across the country form NY to LA and making a book of drawings, and I'm starting to think that next summer may be my last chance to do it.  I need to find a grant.