Nov 30, 2008

Margaret Keane

I wanted to do a drawing the way Margaret Keane used to do paintings. Everyone knows her work but you may not have known her name. She did people and animals with very big eyes. I did this at work in my notebook using watercolor and colored pencils. A lot of what I do is influenced by artists of the 60's such as Keane. Margaret's husband Walter tried to take credit for doing her paintings. They finally divorced. He said he had a right to all the paintings since he did them. She told the judge she was really the one who painted them. Keane actually painted one live in front of the judge. Her husband declined to do one. Obviously she won. Great story. She is still alive today. Kate Hudson is going to play her in a movie of her life.

Nov 29, 2008


We live right next door to a shop that sells religious statues wholesale and retail. It's a bizarre little shop filled from floor to ceiling with Jesus and the blessed virgin in every shape, color and size. I set up my stool on the street and drew this giant statue in the window. Of course, I always become involved with people. The owner came out and wanted to know if I could make a sign for him. Then he wanted to know if I could make business cards for his carting business. He gave me his thoughts on the card. He wanted a drawing of his van and a big cart that you see on the street in front of construction sites. He also wanted a hand giving the thumbs up sign. Wow that's a lot of crap to put on a dumb little business card. I said I'd think about it.

Nov 22, 2008

Not Another Squirrel

People must be getting tired of my squirrel drawings but I just can't help myself. Some of my co-workers saw this drawing in my book open on my desk and they were saying, "not another squirrel." What can I say, I'm obsessed. It usually happens because I come across a cool photo of a squirrel online. This one was obviously not holding a can of soda, I added that little touch. I'm afraid to say that in the future there will most likely be more to come.

Nov 16, 2008

Leonardo I'm Not

When I do a drawing, I strive for perfection. I am trying to make it look as real as possible. Basically I'm trying to make it look like a photograph. The only problem is they never come out that way. I struggle and stumble and constantly make mistakes. In the end my sketches look nothing like what I am trying to do. That is how I developed my style. You can always tell a Tommy Kane drawing. Most people just don't know that I'm a very good artist who makes really bad drawings. In my mind I set out to make a brilliant James Jean type of drawing and I always fall way short. Hence, the look of the my work. I wanted this to look like a Leonardo sketch. that was my intention. Instead it's a glorified cartoon with some color splashed on it. I guess I just have to keep on trying. That's what keeps me going.

Nov 13, 2008

New Stickers

I purchased a book from my friend and fellow artist John Casey. He sent along 2 stickers. On the back of his stickers it said Sticker Robot. I checked out their site and saw that they did die cuts. Needing a new sticker I began to design one using an old drawing I did. Here's what I came up with. I won't get them for a while but when I do you will see them everywhere around New York city. This is actual size by the way.

Horror Show

I was going to make myself a new header for the top of my blog page. I found a cool scary typeface. Creepville. I did this drawing to be a part of it. After I put it together I didn't like it so much. It seemed like a better idea in my head. The drawing came out cool so I'll post for everyone to see.

Nov 9, 2008

Polaroid, No I Mean Poladroid

I discovered a cool application online that I want to share with everyone. It's called Polardroid. Just download the application and when you open it, a little polaroid camera will appear on your desktop. Drag any digial photo onto it and it suddenly spits out a polaroid picture that develops right before your eyes like the real one. There is a little tutorial on the site that shows you how to do it. It even ages your photos a bit and alters the color to give it more of a real polaroid feel. They even have a Flickr group where you can post your poladroids. The samples I posted are digital shots I took of my godson Tasio.

Streets Of Fire

When drawing I sometimes like to have themes. I'll draw several hot dog carts or several Chinese restaurants. I do a kind of series. Artists are famous for that crap. Draw one thing but just keep doing it over and over. So I drew a couple of firehouses. I did them in a very long format. Big, to make them impressive. So here is my series of dos.


Now I live pretty close to The New York Aquarium. One afternoon I went and took a few photographs. It's a very surreal place to hang out. The joint is very old and funky giving it an interesting quality. There are underground passageways where you can see into the outdoor tanks from below them. My favorite part is the room full of jellyfish. Kids are everywhere with me being one of them.

Size Matters

I used to draw in all different size drawing books. Then I started blogging and realized some formats just don't work well on blogs. Take for example the wide, double page spread, drawing books. If you do a drawing in one of these suckers and post it, the size will appear very tiny. I've posted a few examples above. There is too much width and no height. The details become so small you can hardly see anything. Now I only draw in books that are squarish or rectangular with the height being the longest measurement. It makes a big difference. Some people on Urban Sketchers post these tiny tiny drawings. They haven't learned that in the blogging world, size matters.

An Illustrated Life

Danny Gregory's new book, An Illustrated Life, is out. You can buy it here. It is a collection of some of the world's best artists who draw in journals. I'm very proud to be a part of the book. It makes for a reasonably priced holiday gift.

Nov 8, 2008


I hope everyone by now knows of my obsession with Manhole covers. Here's my Flickr manhole covers set. There is a girl on Flickr who sent me some great photos of manhole covers from Russia. Her Flickr name is Rustydog242. She asked if she could use some of my manhole cover photos to make a collage. I said of course she could. The result is pretty cool.

Nov 4, 2008


Have you ever attended a boring meeting? Afterward everyone is jealous of me because I just tune out and draw. Most people have nothing to do in these meetings so they are forced to listen or at least pretend that they are listening. Not me, I do stuff like this sketch here.