Mar 14, 2007

All Along The Watertower


I almost always carry some sort of drawing book. Sometimes at my job I have to work in edit studios. They are located all over manhattan. Every once in a while you run into one that has an interesting view out of their window. The thing about editors (people who edit television commercials and videos) is that they usually work in darkened rooms. I was at a place called Double Wide edit. It was on east 20th street. It took me a whole day to ask if I could open a window to this guys cave. Low and behold there was a decent view behind the curtain. The guy probably hadn't seen sunlight in ten years. I sat there and sketched while ignoring the work I should have been doing. He would ask me what I thought of edits he had just done and I would say, "it looks great," even though I wasn't looking at anything he did. I was busy drawing. There was only one watertower in this view. I added the others to make it more interesting. I felt it needed a little jazzing up. I was going to write something on it but I liked how it turned out. I just couldn't bring myself to put words on it.

10 comments:

Ana Banana said...

This is beautiful...well done.

I especially like the additional water towers.

Good day to you, Tommy!

Bruce said...

It kind of looks like all of those water towers are trying to be like the steeple, just not quite making it. Or maybe they're in awe of it, hehe. Great line work.

Tommy Kane said...

I like doing things like watertowers because you know someday soon they will be obsolete.

spleenal said...

Water towers are so so so cool!
They will one day be obsolete (aw shame) but hold on. Once it is, drain it, cut some doors and windows into it, and wha hey! worlds coolest roof top studio ever!

Tommy Kane said...

Or hot tub.

Joel Kimmel said...

Nice work, Tommy, I'm a huge fan of watertowers and put them in my work whenever I can.
On my first trip to New York a few years ago I took dozens of photos of them, I can't get enough.

toons36 said...

Tommy Kane a dit...

I like doing things like watertowers because you know someday soon they will be obsolete.

funny that, water storage is now mandatory with any house or building extension in the south of france, as part of drought prevention and fire fighting measures... so we might see them flourish again.

Fifi LePew said...

Hah! that guy didn't realize what was really important.

I've started shooting local towers (with my camera). Almost all the towns north of Dallas have to buy their water from said city and they all seem to have at least one watertower for emergencies (in case Dallas cuts us off).

Big A said...

I like that you have left this one colorless, it's striking.

Walter Logeman said...

Lovely work, I like that you *added* extra watertowers, now that is helpful!

I like the shadow around the top & how that links to the story!