May 26, 2008

Forget



I forgot about this little notebook. I keep it in one of my winter coats. It's a good idea to buy a bunch of little sketchbooks and then stick into some of you coats. Put them in your jean jacket, windbreaker and sweatshirts. Like me, you'll be somewhere unexpected and suddenly you will have a pen and sketchbook. Next winter when I put that coat on I will surely be pleasantly surprised. It's fun to check out all of the sketches I made and forgot about also. I'll carry it around for a few months in winter then do the same thing all over. It will take me a couple of winters to finish it anyway.

May 25, 2008

Out Of Towner


This week I head for Los Angeles to film a television commercial. I don't like it there very much but I will get to work on my non existent tan a bit. Hopefully it will get me a little free time to draw. So stay tuned for some L.A. sketches.

May 19, 2008

The New Way To Read


Now that I have a car I'm always listening to books on DVD. I'm hooked on them. My whole office has started doing it. We're big into history. My first was "Team of Rivals", Doris Kearns Goodwin's book about Lincoln. Then I followed up with "1776" by David McCullough, "Fiasco" by Thomas Ricks and now we are all sharing a 30 disc history of the United States. My co-workers and I stroll around the office with our heads full of useless trivia. We are constantly spouting wacky facts to one another. Like slaves in America used to be white. They were the riff-raff and prisoners from Europe but they kept running away and assimilating into society. Then someone had the idea of using black slaves because they would stand out in white society. I never knew that horrible fact. At the start of the revolution each soldier was given about nine bullets. Some were even given spears to use at close range as not to waste precious bullets and gun powder. A little different than going into Falluja. The women in the office think we are retarded. We have no off button. It does turn my car rides into pure bliss. Any book suggestions?

May 18, 2008

TV Guide


When I was a kid I watched television all the time. Every spare minute I was glued to the tube. It's a big reason I make tv commercials for a living. I know a lot about television. Today parents frown on their kids spending too much time watching the boob tube. I don't blame them seeing as there is nothing on really. When I was little there was seven channels and every show was brilliant. Today you have three hundred channels and not one decent show. I did a painting on cardboard of Batgirl. It is now owned by the great art duo, Sauerkids. Check out their genius work. I was feeling nostalgic so I did a little sketch of Barbara Gordon, aka Batgirl.

May 15, 2008

Home Owners


Every step you take in Manhattan or Queens or Brooklyn, you run into a crane. Where there used to be quiet neighborhoods now there are residential skyscrapers. Who is going to buy this stuff. There's just not enough people. Yun and I moved to the boonies and they are tearing down every nook. It's an old Italian neighborhood. The old timers who have been there forever are now wanting to sell their properties to cash in. Developers want to build as high as they can to maximize profit. The problem is, it's a neighborhood that doesn't want too much height. There is a lot of plotting, planning and zoning going on. There are no American Apparel or Gaps but along with over development will come these eyesores. I guess all I can do is try and enjoy the moment before it all goes down the toilet. It's a vicious cycle. I'm sure when the old neighbors saw yuppies like Yun and I move in, they said "Oh no there goes the neighborhood. Time to sell to a sleazy developer."

May 11, 2008

Reunion


Many centuries ago I had a favorite cousin. Her name was Eileen. We hit it off and always looked forward to hanging out together. After I went to college we drifted apart. Mostly because I was mental. A few months ago I got an e-mail out of the blue. It was her. She found me because of my google power. She thought about me, typed in my name and bingo. I was thrilled to get the e-mail. We saw each other for the first time in thirty years. She had a birthday party recently and Yun and I went. There were many more of my cousins I hadn't seen in decades. It was thrilling to say the least. Eileen and I speak every week now. We don't want to ever lose each other again and we won't. I guess we never really lost each other, it was just on hold. When we hang out it's like a day never went by. She has an incredible family with two amazing kids. Happy Mother's Day Eileen.

May 8, 2008

Look At Me


There is a bar near us called "The Pool Bar." It was an old pool supply place. They have a big backyard with a nice fire pit. There is always a couple of big logs burning. The other thing they have is the old photo booth. I use it every time I go in there. I make everyone I'm with do it too. I've got quite a nice collection of shots. Sometimes they have just put new chemicals in so the shots are nice and dark. Somedays the photos are all washed out giving them a different kind of beauty. These are some winter shots. I've got to get some summer ones going.

May 3, 2008

Big Squirrel



Every time I post a drawing of a squirrel on flickr it goes through the roof. People love squirrels (including me). I was not busy at work on new year's eve so I busted out another squirrel drawing. I'm sure it will get like 300 views on my flickr site. Plus it came out pretty darn good if I might say so myself. I got to try out my new set of colored pencils from the photographer reps, Stockland & Martel. I also like playing with the fact that the drawing continues on another piece of paper. I'm tricky like that.

May 1, 2008

Hitting The Streets


Butch and I were at it again, drawing on the streets. Actually we draw from his car. We sit like two old ladies crammed in the front of his mini cooper, silently sketching away. We spend more time driving around looking for something to draw than the actually drawing itself. Speaking of cars, last night I thought my car got stolen. Yun and I got out of a restaurant in manhattan and the car was not where I had parked it. When we got home I called the tow pound but they had no record of it. Hence I figured it was stolen. I was a bit distraught to say the least. So I called again this morning and it turns out they did have it. Eddie (that is the name of our car) is back in my hands. Yun named the car that because the license plate starts with EDY. I should draw Eddie for all to see.