I have a new profile up on HobokenArts.com, a website dedicated to artists in the Hoboken and Jersey City area. There are a number of prints available, including my shape drawings and skylines. Check it out.
I had a wonderful vacation in Pasadena and Los Angeles a few weeks ago and was drawing at every opportunity. Here’s my collection of drawings, including the set of Conan O’Brien, the L.A. Philharmonic, and waiting for our plane at LAX.
I’m still going strong after a week of daily drawings of my food. I started off poorly with a picture of grapes that wound up being so over worked with ink wash that I had to throw it away. Since then I’ve refined my process and have been enjoying trying a new pen, the PITT brush pen from Faber-Castell. I started using it for the pizza picture above, and like being able to vary the thickness of my line after using Sakura Micron 08 and 01 pens.
Tomorrow is the first day on Inktober and it looks like a great opportunity to work on a new daily exercise. I spent 2 months at the end of the summer drawing mazes every day and it turned out to be very rewarding. I was able to explore a variety of different ways to make mazes and developed some new techniques for drawing, digitizing and coloring that will prove valuable in all my drawings.
Inktober is an annual exercise in daily discipline during the month of October. Created as an informal challenge by illustrator Jake Parker in 2009, artists around the world will make an ink drawing every day for 31 days and post it with the hashtag #inktober on Tumblr, Instagram, Twitter, or wherever. I have an upcoming magazine commission to create illustrations of beer, wine and restaurants so for Inktober I’ll be drawing whatever food and drink I can find around my apartment. My plan is to use a brush pen and sumi ink wash and I’ll be posting work-in-progress on my Instagram and finished drawings on my Tumblr. Let the inking begin!
UPDATE: I’m posting the full set on my Flickr account.
Last week I went to a panel about careers in digital gaming hosted by the Center for Communication. It was a great chance to hear about the career trajectories of a number of professionals in the industry. Of course I was compelled to sketch all of the panelists while they were speaking and later I applied ink wash to refine the pictures and add depth. Click for a larger image.
I’ve drawn Carlo’s Bakery in Hoboken a couple of times. The “Cake Boss” is right across from City Hall and there are benches facing into the street. Usually my pictures will include the crowd of people waiting to get into the little bake shop, but on this day I found an old Impala much more interesting.
I’ve been challenging myself to draw faces whenever I have a chance. It’s rewarding to find the characteristics that make us look different and see how expression and personality manifest themselves in outward appearance. Above is a recent drawing I made of some of the members of Hoboken City Council.
I went to Carnegie Hall a couple weeks ago with my daughter’s 2nd grade class and drew some of the performers in their Musical explorers program. No photography allowed, but I slipped in my drawing pad. You can view the whole set on my Flickr site.