Thursday, March 25, 2010

Too-Busy Bees



I'm on the NYTimes Op-Ed page today, illustrating an article (by a University of Calgary professor no less!) about an alternate take on colony collapse.

This one was a nailbiter. Thanks AD Aviva Michaelov.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A-B-C



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A common foible of learning to work in ink is accepting the fact that ink is not pencil. Most of us learn how to draw ("properly") with pencils, so it's the implement that we are most comfortable. Ink is obviously much less forgiving.

I held individual meetings with my 2nd year Cartooning students today and recommended to all of them to keep an Ink Only sketchbook over the summer. No pencil or preparatory drawings allowed. Experimenting with the media in a very pure form will help you learn what is and what is not possible. It's a matter of adaptation and working with the media's strengths. Very zen.

(I actually stole this idea from Sam, who kept an Ink Only sketchbook in the summer between 3rd and 4th year. He improved dramatically. )

This drawing is from a similar sketchbook I'm keeping now, experimenting with washes and painting.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thaw Thoughts



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Friday, March 5, 2010

Dinner



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Monday, February 15, 2010

Cultists 8 (The End.)

Cultists 7

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Cultists 6

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Cultists 5

Cultists 4

Cultists 3

Friday, February 12, 2010

Cultists 2

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Cultists

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mountain Woman

Monday, February 8, 2010

Strange Picture

Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Two Things You Need to Know About Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bewitched



I was dutifully doing work when I started watching a documentary on the Shakers. Then I had to draw a picture of the Shakers because I'm a sucker for the costume of religious fundamentalists.

Watching a movie about Shakers while filling in virtual shapes with virtual paintbrushes, and streaming said movie over a worldwide network of fiber optic cables and pulleys. Unpack that for a while.

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Slo-Mo Pathos



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It irritates me to no end that I can barely remember my PIN number sometimes and yet can pull up (multiple!) television advertising conventions from the mid-80s.

P.S. I am not insane.

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Portrait of Right Now



I spent a lot of time this long weekend drawing a lot of one thing. This is not it.

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Sick Dog



Boston Globe Op-Ed. AD Elaina Natario.

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Sad Little Man

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Live, Laugh, Learn


New Year's Resolution 2010

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Harrison

Sunday, November 22, 2009

situational Readymades 5



Band Mates.

Eckford Street, Brooklyn.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Bird Brains

Friday, November 6, 2009

Shiny

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Situational Readymades 4



I need to talk about something uncool for a sec.

Let's be straight: I love animals and I love dogs and I've owned a few dogs myself. I know people in the city that own dogs and they're cool and I like them. That said, I think NYC Dog Culture is very peculiar. New Yorkers really love their dogs, that's clear, and they kind of expect you to love their dogs too.

I will just say this, and leave it at that: it is NOT OKAY to let your dog drink out of public water fountains. Fountains are for people. And yes, I know my very own hands carry more germs than your dog's mouth or the average toilet or whatever. But please! DOGS LICK BUTTS. THEIR OWN AND OTHERS!

FOUNTAINS ARE FOR PEOPLE.

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Sunday, November 1, 2009

Marathon



The Marathon snakes a block away from my house in Greenpoint. I always like watching a bit of the NYC Marathon, even though it can be a bit of an inconvenience should you happen to have business on the other side of the street.

Today I was lucky enough to be there just as the elite women's pack was running past. I got a little teary-eyed, actually. It's not every day you see someone performing at that level, the culmination of years of training, sacrifices, and regime. You're watching what this person works towards every single day of their life.

An artist does not perform in this way. Accepting an award is not the same thing. The breakthroughs and struggles are usually experienced alone. But the idea of regime is not dissimilar. Building your skill as an artist is not too very different from an athlete conditioning herself DAILY to perform when it counts.

Sometimes it seems students expect to improve by simply being enrolled in an art institution or completing projects. It's like expecting to win a marathon simply by owning running shoes or doing a lap or two a few times a week (which, by the way, is pretty reflective of my own running routine). Be prepared to sweat, struggle, and make sacrifices to improve, if that's truly what you want.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Taste Professionals

Monday, October 26, 2009

Twin Set

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

After School Sports

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Babysat: Mike



Bad babysittee.
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Babysat: Jessica


Bad Babysitter.
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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Situational Readymades 3



Broke Music Lover.
L Train, under East River, Brooklyn.

Related: I tried to find a plain old RADIO in Manhattan today and I FAILED. I might as well been looking for a gramophone.

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Monday, October 12, 2009

Situational Readymades 2



Student Driver, Driggs Ave, Brooklyn.

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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Situational Readymades 1



Working Clown, Graham Ave, Brooklyn.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009

Streets of Soho Pt 3

(Final Part, as Fashion Week is now OVER.)






Only two male models.

Personally I think the key to DRAWING a beautiful female face is a bit of masculinity in it... I think it gives an edge to the form. Actually, the reverse is true too. A bit of femininity in a male face to soften it up. In real life, of course, all bets are off.

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