Oct 29, 2012
Recently Butch Belair and I helped Danny Gregory made a video for his new book, A Kiss Before You Go. It's an illustrated memoir about the loss of his wife, Patti. I will post if here when it's done. One of the scenes in the video required us to drip pink paint onto a sheet of watercolor. I had few empty sheets I was dripping paint on to. When we were done, I looked at this one sheet and it looked like a poodle to me, so I took it home and made a nose and eyes on it. When I scanned it, the girls who work in the studio at my office, loved this drawing. I should drop some more paint randomly onto paper and what else I come up with.
Oct 22, 2012
Here is the next in my series of drawings for Jogyesa Temple in Seoul. The temple has these little guardians and shrine like structures all over the place. One hardly even notices them. I did, only because I was really searching hard for interesting things to draw there. I never know what each thing is or it's meaning. When I see my mother-in-law, Jenny, I'll ask her what these items are. This makes 5 drawings that I've done. More to come.
Oct 18, 2012
When I was a kid and played sports, there was a saying, "it doesn't matter if you win or lose, it's how you play the game." This was a great ideal for kids to live by. If you're the best athlete in the neighborhood or the worst, just give your best effort and you will have the respect of your peers. Somewhere over the past years, that has changed to,"win at all cost even if you have to cheat." Athletes routinely get kicked out of the Olympics and have to return medals afterwards. Baseball, forget about it. Guys like A-Rod and Clemens go on TV and arrogantly challenge anyone who claims they took steroids. Then, oops, evidence comes out to the contrary and they have to eat some crow. The Lance Armstrong debacle is just the latest in a long line of fibbing blowhards. People like to say, well EVERYONE else is doing it. I don't believe that at all. There are good honest people in the world. There are people who don't cheat on their taxes and who would never consider doing anything dishonest, no matter how much it would benefit themselves. There are also athletes who would rather compete honestly and lose than to game the system. Money is such a big part of all of this. Young kids see that the cheaters get rewarded. Will Lance return all the dough he received for his endorsements over the years? No. For him, cheating did pay off. A little humiliation now but so what. Look at his wonderful lifestyle built on a lie. It's a sad message to children today. Cheating is the only way to get to the top because everyone else is supposedly cheating too. I'm glad I was raised the old fashion way. I always play the game honestly.
Oct 15, 2012
Heading into college, I was a somewhat mediocre artist. There is no way I could have ever gotten into The Rhode Island School of Design. It's the best art school in the US. I was relegated to Buffalo State. Anyway that's a whole other story. I went with Danny Gregory to visit his son Jack, who goes there now. The campus and facilities are over the top amazing. When I was Jack's age, I was not ready to go to a school like that but I am now. I even have a decent portfolio and might even be accepted. The only problem is that I can't live my life over. Oh well, at least I got to visit and see the place. Jack took Danny and I to see the Nature Lab. It's full of stuffed animals and skeletons. The students can draw them in there or check some of them out to draw in their rooms or other studios. I was awestruck. I could have spent the whole weekend locked up in there. I managed to get a bit of free time so I drew this stuffed owl. Some students asked me if I was an alumni. I told them I wasn't but they seemed wary of my answer after looking at my groovy drawing.
Oct 11, 2012
People think because I've lived in New York City for 30 years that I'm not in touch with nature. Nothing could be further from the truth. As you can see form my Instagram photos, I see wildlife quite frequently. I'm a regular crocodile hunter. These are nature photographs I took in New York of bears, a flamingo, a rabbit and dinosaur. Some of you may think I might have done these for National Geographic but that rumor is not true. I just did them so people who follow me on Instagram will think I'm cool. If you're on Instagram and want to find me, just look for tommykane.
Plus there is a few drawings I did of dogs in the Washington Square Park dogwalk.
Oct 8, 2012
Recently Steve Madden wanted to put an employee into one of his ads. This is a video I made of the behind the scenes action. She was not the standard model but a secretary at his office. You will see photographer Butch Belair in action. The music is an original score by Elijah B Torn at Massive Music in New York City. They are one of the best music houses for advertising in the business.
Oct 3, 2012
There is something cool that I like in Seoul. The place is full of cosmetic surgery places. There must be a million of them. You can have it done in any neighborhood. The cool thing is that people are walking around the streets with all their bandages on the day after they have had surgery done as if nothing is wrong. They don't try to hide it. No one gives a crap. I guess if you are going to do it, then own it. As I was sitting drawing this little barber shop, 2 guys came out of the barber and hung out next to me. They were getting their hair dyed. The guys had their heads taped up with black goo on their heads and big towels around their shoulders to protect their clothes. They would smoke cigarettes and chat with all of their neighbors as they came by. Both looked ridiculous but no one cared, especially them. They weren't hiding anything. Hey I dye my hair, so what. The whole thing was very funny to me and pleasant in a weird way.