something else to neglect…

As if I didn’t have enough online presence to keep track of, I decided to start generating content for my tumblr (which heretofore only had one post, which was a link to this WordPress blog).  It will solely be sketches made in public while people-watching and listening to my ipod. I’m hoping it will generate traffic to this blog, and my website. I haven’t yet decided if I want to x-post everything there here, but I probably will for the time being.

[via: tumblr]


Literal Art Projects, Part 2

Le Pen, drawn with Le Pen

Le Pen, drawn with Le Pen

Last weekend, I decided that my fine point black markers are too harsh for some projects, and thought I should invest in some of my favored pens in gray.  I like the Faber Castell brand of markers, and while they had some in gray at the Utrecht, I couldn’t find anything in a fine tip point.  There was a pretty cool set of brush tip markers in various shades of gray.  Great, except that I am not a fan of brush tip markers.  They’re really cool and everything, but I like a good, solid, thin line.  They did, however, have some other fine point pens in various colors for really cheap ($1.15 or something), so I got one of those in gray.  They are called “Le Pen”, and just like it says on the barrel, they are “marvy” and from Japan.  The line is great, until I come stomping in with my waterbrush pen and watercolor.  This is not permanent ink.  It gets all blurry and blendy.  Le Pen = Le Sigh.  I actually like this effect, if I can control the water enough to keep my lines from completely disappearing.  I just know that someday I will also want some gray lines that will stay put.  Especially since I can’t seem to keep watercolor away from anything I touch anymore.

Anyways, just like I painted the ocean with water from the ocean, I drew a picture of this pen with the pen itself.  After I had my way with the waterbrush pen, I went back and re-inked the lines.  Maybe I’ll just have to get used to that.  Or maybe I need to go to (gulp) Pearl.  Or some other kind of super pen emporium.

MJ Submission on Drawger

Are you sick of Michael Jackson yet? I’m not. Okay, maybe just a little.

Regardless, the nice guys over at Drawger has a little collection of MJ illustrations, and they approved my submission of “Jackson and Child”.  I’m going to assume you have already seen my piece, but click on the link anyways, and gawk at the talent.  MJ meant many things to many illustrators, and it shows in the multitude of incarnations displayed in the show.

Drawger: Michael Jackson

Holiday Weekend Decompression and the subsequent wrap-up.

atlantic ocean as seen from the beach in montauk

atlantic ocean as seen from the beach in montauk

Some friends invited me to crash on the couch at their weekend retreat beach house in Montauk this weekend. I took them up on it with zero hesitation. I didn’t do as much sketching as I’d have liked while I was there, but I was also maxin’ and relaxin’. Its difficult to sketch with a drink in your hand at all times.

I haven’t been posting much lately because I haven’t been producing as much output as I’d like. And I’m not exactly happy with what I have been making, so it’s been quiet here. I’ve moved operations to a new address in uber-exclusive Bushwick, Brooklyn. Actually, to be totally imprecise, I’m not quite in Williamsburg, not quite in Bushwick. I’ve been spending time setting up shop and home.

Sadly, shortly after I moved, my cat (Cojo) was put down, after having battled diabetes for 2 years. I was sad and kept busy with busywork for some time, and now after my weekend getaway I feel refreshed and excited to work on a few new projects.

Besides the usual, I’m also currently in the early stages of a collaborative video project with a friend. We’ve both been a bit preoccupied lately, so we haven’t been meeting as often as we’d like. I’ll disclose more when there’s more to disclose.

As ever, decorating my apartment and studio is a work in progress. I’ve done a gloriously sloppy job of painting my bedroom/workspace, and am looking forward to doing the same in the living room.

Also, as ever, I have a couple of sewing projects at the back of my head. I kind of feel like I need to pick up a knitting or crocheting project, as well. or at the very least make a dress that has handknit details. One of my ideas will require going off-pattern and luckily, I have a friend I can consult with about it.

I think that about wraps up my wrap-up. I have a pile of crapyrus photos, and upcoming sketches and projects post. Those should be going up pretty soon. Thanks for not deleting me from your RSS.

RIP Michael Jackson

jackson and child

RIP, also, to Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon, but I didn’t draw pictures of them at any point. It’s a sad day in the entertainment world.

OED Word of the Day: “amaretto”

almond joy

almond joy

On a whim, after I had finished drawing the almond, I washed the background with a faint blue tint of watercolor, just for fun. I wanted it to have an old world sort of cafe feel to it. But the paper I was using was flimsy sketchbook paper and it buckled like crazy under the water. You can see the wavy paper in the scan. I suppose i could iron it, but that’s way too much hassle right now. This is why I should never use my sketchooks anymore. I inevitably end up watercoloring all over the damn place and it ruins everything.

1. Usu. in pl. A type of Italian biscuit made with almonds; a macaroon.

2. Usu. with capital initial. An almond-flavoured liqueur, originally made at Saronno in northern Italy.

crapyrus FAIL! “I wipe my ass with papyrus!”

crapyrus on toilet paper...

crapyrus on toilet paper...

I found this roll of toilet paper at the bathroom at King’s County, here in beautiful Bushwick. I find the use of papyrus on toilet paper packaging particularly literal, as I’m pretty sure there were some ancient Egyptians who used actual papyrus as toilet paper. Extra meta points if you’re truly referring to the typeface as “crapyrus”.