Friday, August 9, 2013

Right near da beach BOYEEEE

Man do I love the shore.  Spent great time with family, ran on the beach a lot, got to see wonderful family friends, surfed (and fell down) a whole bunch, ate delicious food, hit up all our favorite Sea Isle/Ocean City/Stone Harbor spots, did early AM yoga one day right on the beach to welcome the DAYYY AH!  it was all so nice.  Plus, it was my niece's first time there!  She was so cute and will definitely be a little beach baby - she loved the water! 

Throughout the week I also had a great time sketching (and attempting watercolors)...

We also had an 'Italy Day' where my brother-in-law made an amazing ragu, my sister made homemade pasta, and we all put together a great antipasto spread.  And drank WINE!  And watched the Godfather.  If it had been sunny that day, we would have played bocce.  All very fitting for the Jersey Shore.

Last of all, some sketches from the movie 'Gladiator', it was on the tube our first night at the shore.  You'll also see a couple in there of our slug dog, Linus, who was pooped and fell asleep.

Till next time Sea Isle!!!

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Color block + doodle dump

Early AM post!! I had wanted to get these up yesterday but ran out of time. I leave today for the beach (t-45 min actually), and am so excited.  My family and I hit up Sea Isle City every summer for a week, and it's a vacation that I look forward to all year.

But before I go, here are some artstuffs.

This was inspired by Elaine Wu and Tiffany Ford - color block your outfit for the week!

Cafe & Park sketches...


Came across these folks larping in the Park, it was awesome.  I felt a bit like a creep sitting there drawing them, but they seemed ok with it.

And then some zoo drawing!  I really liked drawing the piranha's faces.

Now this... I don't know what this is.  Drawing Back to the Future with marker funtime!!

Ok, gotta run.  It's Saturday.  Did you dance?

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Absinthe Anyone?

The talented Matt Jones has put together a fundraiser to bring the works of Ronald Searle here to the States, which would mark the West Coast's first ever exhibition of Searle's amazing artwork!  They were close friends before Searle's passing, and Matt now also runs a Tribute blog which you can find here.  Matt has also been posting the artwork donated by artists here!  I'm really excited, and feel very thankful, to have been able to contribute a piece to the fundraiser. 

Absinthe Anyone? 
Pen & Ink on Bristol Board, 8x10

Here's what it looks like in its frame.  (Big thanks to Vicki Saulls with her help in photographing this!)

Last but not least, below is the initial sketch & font practice.  I decided to make the setting Maison Premiere, an incredible absinthe and oyster bar in Brooklyn that looks like a 1920's speakeasy when you walk in.  First I roughed this up with the bar, seeing how I'd place the people around it, then did the entire sketch in the size I wanted.  I ended up needing to put an ink pass on it to see better on the lightbox, and then traced everything on to the Bristol Board.  From there, a whole lot of inking going on!

I had so much fun working on this!  I loved researching Searle's fantastic work and doing my best at paying tribute to his style and characters.  Thank you Matt, I can't wait to find out how everything goes!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

(Make you) Jump jump

TVPaint, I enjoy thee quite a bit.  Does this .mov work?  I hope so.  Who knows.  Only the shadow knows...

And this guy.  He might know too.

(Originally he was a gif.  But his constant walking made him...  and my eyes... tired.)

Did those during the animation class I took last spring with Eric Eiser and Martin Abrahams.  Practice!  Here are also some rough planning sketches for the ballerina, and a shot of what it looks like with the lighbox turned on in TVPaint:


Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Bored on a horse.

Bored on a horse?
Bored on a horse!

(Sketch warmup for tonight.)

I'm currently listening to my 'DeVotchKa' station on Pandora and it's playing 'With or Without You' by 2Cellos.  Literally just two dudes, and their cellos.  You know what, here's a pic of them too.

It's July - hope you all had a happy and safe Independence Day!

Friday, June 21, 2013


Today's theme: Zombies, to pay homage to World War Z coming out.

(Although I'm not really sure if I'll see it in theaters... I know it's nothing like the book so I should just expect it to be a new zombie flick.  But man that book was so great.  I also can't get over the fact how CGI the zombies look and how fast they run.  Who knows... maybe I'm mistaken?  Maybe the movie will be awesome!  Maybe Brad Pitt saves it all with his rugged good looks and flowing mane of hair.)

Anyway, this happened to me at work recently.  I was eating a grapefruit, digging at it with my teeth, and it was getting everywhere.  At one point I thought to myself, "I'll bet this is what it feels like if you were a zombie."

(Originally I had this laid out horizontally & blogger either made it tiny or huge... I'm not sure if this is any better though. Blast!  BLAST BLOGGER!)

I had started to tell Mr Daniel Seddon about this grapefruit zombie idea & how I wanted to draw it with no panels like Calvin & Hobbes dancing, and he thought at first I was talking about dancing zombies.  Which just sounded like fun, so I drew those too.  SWING DANCING ZOMBIES!

And finally, on a non-zombie related note, last week was officially the 20th Anniversary of Jurassic Park!!!  There will be more on my love for that movie later, but for now, here is Samuel L. to send you off on a happy Friday & great first day of summer!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bike to Babycakes

I'd say about a month ago, I bought a used beach cruiser bike on Craigslist.  Red, Schwinn, working breaks and only minimal dents!  I love this thing.  Lately I've found that I'll pack up all my gear and head down...

TO THE BAKERY!!!  Babycakes is an amazing vegan bakery spot down on the Lower East Side.  

Here is a map of my journey.

They don't seem to mind (or at least if they do, they don't show it) that I come in extremely sweaty and proceed to cool off/eat my freshly bought baked goods right there.

The last weekend I went it was gorgeous out, extremely sunny and hot - everyone was outside.  I brought my watercolors with me & attempted a painting along the East River...

Awesome thing about sketching outside when it's so nice is that you can hide behind your shades.  People don't know you're staring at them!  Sketching!  Watching.  STARING. 

But then it means you go home like this...

Sunburn city.

Also, I'm really looking forward to seeing 'Man of Steel' on Friday.  Michael Shannon as General Zod?!  GAH!!!  I can't wait to see how he handles the role.  I was watching 'Take Shelter' recently and did some roughs of him, Jessica Chastain, and a doc.  Ok basically roughs of mostly Michael Shannon.  That movie is such a fantastic one.  Is he crazy?  Nobody knows... 

 "There's a STORM COMING like NOTHING you've EVER SEEN"

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Gestures + Random batch

Hey folks, here we go!  A whole lotta gestures!!  Working on getting the gesture down fast and getting the movement/feeling.  Most were drawn in coffee shops, Grand Central, and the train.

And some snippets of hands (a lot of Milt Kahl & co, really just getting the feeling of hands in there & practicing)...

And THENN some Octopi (playing with shapes)...

...And some random stream of thought + a few more gestures.

A big thank you to the greatest mustache growing guy I know, Aidan Sugano, for his critique and feedback on these!

Last but not least, a little more randomness.  I was playing with brushes & textures & this girl from The Sartorialist fit the bill:

And the Christmas postcard I sent out last year!  Take look... with these items combined, they represent one classic Christmas flick...



Can you tell which movie it is?  I'll give you a hint...