Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Soul Clap Returns to Brooklyn Bowl!

New Soul Clap & Dance Off poster for January 21st at Brooklyn Bowl. I really felt like I had to shake up the color scheme this time around. Yellow still got in there but it was really commanding some attention the last few months and it had to take a back seat this time around. We thought it'd be good to shake it up with the sexes and Jonathan really wanted to use a strong black female since the party is right after the inauguration day from hell. So, after looking through some photos it seemed like Sugar Pie DeSanto was the right fit. Come dance the blues away on Saturday, January 21st! Party starts at midnight! Thanks again to Jonathan Toubin. Always happy to do these projects.

We both tried to work with this intense pose of her really emoting and maybe we could have broken through with something, but at the time it seemed like it was gonna be a hard one, compositionally and especially for recognizability.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hot Child in the City

This piece has taken me 3 years to make and it feels ridiculous considering it's no different than anything else I've churned out in that time frame. You'd probably expect some magnum opus but it's just all about time, baby. Always slipping away. I remember it being kind of a tough summer that year in New York and when it's hot in the city people can be at their absolute worst. This is how I saw it a lot those few blistering months. 

These were the very first sketches from 3 years ago when I initially started to plan out this piece.

Maybe this is why it took so long: Revolutionary techniques!

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Soul Clappin' at Bowery Ballroom

I didn't have a working computer for 4 months so, sorry for the insane amount of posts coming up lately. Just trying to catch everyone up with what has happened in that time. This Soul Clap & Dance Off poster of Screamin' Jay Hawkins was whipped up about a week after i returned from Europe. The event has come and gone so unfortunately I can't let y'all know about this awesome upcoming party, just one you may have missed out on. Big thinks again to Jonathan Toubin. Process pics below.

In Between Documenting Europe..

This was done before I sat on the couch on November 8th and watched the results of the election in total disbelief.

Around Halloween I always wanna do some sketches about my favorite horror movies and it always comes back to An American Werewolf in London. It's the one for me. I even found the alleyway from the final scene in the movie while I was in London. 

Portrait of Dylan Rieder.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Paris: Part 2

I returned to this spot on our second to last day in Paris to see if I had improved at all since I had first drawn it back in early August. I wasn't totally pleased but I did notice an improvement in some areas. Besides having an eye-opening, great time traveling Europe for the first time in my life, it felt great to grow, or at least revive my abilities at life drawing.  Plus, whenever I feel a moment of nostalgia creeping in, I'm psyched to have this little sketchbook diary to reference instead of photos.

The raw beauty and wild cats of Greece

Greece, baby!!! The third to last stop on our odyssey and Athens had some gems in store for me. There are so many wild cats roaming the city and some of them aren't afraid to come up to you and be your new best friend. If our trip back was as easy as a few hours in a car, there was one cat in particular we probably would have brought home with us. This guy on the motorcycle was not the one but he definitely knows how to put on a show. He saw me at work and decided to make my drawing of a beat up bike into a great drawing of a beat up bike.

Like I said above, these Greek cats know how to make a picture really shine.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Sketches From Italy

We spent a little over a week traveling through Italy on our european odyssey so I was lucky to get a good bit of sketching done while we were there. The big cities were great but those little towns built on the mountains next to the sea are where it's at.

This sketch of the bar in Florence was the point where I felt like drawing from life was starting to become a little bit more natural for me again. The militaristic work ethic of RISD drawing courses really loosened me up and I haven't felt that sort of comfort and confidence in my life drawing since then. It really took me a good month and a half of drawing almost every day on this trip to start to feel that looseness again.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016


Here's another batch of sketches from my recent trip. I really should have drawn more in The Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. I threw in some others from Portugal, Spain and London.