Week in New York

My job was on summer break, so I spent most of last week in New York. Besides eating all the food and getting swindled by a very pretty man (was bound to happen sometime), I spent my time drawing. I'd posted some of my sketches on my Tumblr and Instagram, but I just yesterday finished painting the weekly Street People:

 Sassy McSasserstein

 UFO-hair was one of my favorites.

 Almost-FKA-Twigs. Thanks to the guy on the right for letting me take a picture of his outfit. It was a big help.

 The third guy here is the one who swindled me. Eh, he had a nice smile and books for sale. I'm a sucker for books. At least he let me take a picture of him to document the occasion. Lastly, there's Rich! We worked together back in Detroit, and I hadn't seen him in a couple years. Naturally, when I did get to see what he was up to, I put him in my weekly sketches. Go check out his work; dude is a design beast.

I also found a drop-in figure drawing session in SoHo at Spring Studio:

All in all, it was a good week. New Yorkers are an interesting group. Big thanks to Peter Redmond and Manny Harris for letting me crash for the week. You guys are the best! Peter just got his site, Carry On Eats, up and running; COE aims to be the intersection between food and travel. Peter finds all the best things to eat in different cities, so you don't get stuck on Yelp in the airport terminal trying to figure out what's for dinner. The guy has a real knack for finding amazing food wherever he goes. I don't know how he does it. Many thanks as well to Laurie Berenhaus for helping me out immensely. If you ever need 3D design or printing work, she's your gal.

Next Week's Read hasn't been read yet, but it's most likely gonna be good. I'm thinking Rasl by Jeff Smith, but we'll see.

Sketchbook Journal 7

A little watercolor of the past week:

Philly girls try their darndest to look like pinups. This one was wearing so much black eyeliner that I could barely see her eyes. The bottom image is from the beach. I can't swim, yet tried to dive into a large wave. It carried me underwater for a ways, and when I finally stood up, my swimsuit top did not come with me...that was interesting.

These two are therapy images. I find that talking to licensed practitioners does nothing compared to a good watercolor session.

They look a bit brighter in person, but I kind of like how they turned out from the scanner, so I didn't fix it. I need to get back to figure drawing and see how that comes out with watercolors. I may post images if I think they're worth a look.

Sketchbook Journal 6

I decided to put the next few sketchbook journal drawings in a separate post from the last one, since some of these are nsfw. I draw some weird stuff when I'm sick/delirious.

While I was drawing the fruit stand, an old man walked up and looked at my sketchbook. He said, "Great! Looks just like what it is. Now, draw how it makes you feel. You know, after you're done with that one." Then he walked away. Random. Deep, but random.

More pictures after the jump.

I'm not sure what medication I was on when I drew this one. It was definitely a combination of meds, lack of sleep, and sickness-induced delirium.

Watercolors are fun!

Sketchbook Journal 4

Another sketch drop.

On another note, I am fairly in love with the new Yahoo! Mail ads. Each one is animated in a different style, and they are all delightfully fun to watch.

There are more, and you should check them all out.

As usual, I can find the ad agency that put these out (Goody, Silversetein & Partners), but I haven't yet found any info on the animators. They don't seem to be credited anywhere. Serious, serious bummer. If anyone can find out, please let me know!

Sketchbook Journal 3

Not sure how I feel about the brown layout yet. I just needed a change from the normal blue.

I don't have much to update, so I'm posting some recent sketches. I'm working with the International Office at UArts again, this time assisting with a week of activities between the students in a Japanese-centered class and 20 or so visiting Japanese students and their teachers from Osaka. I haven't been able to do much yet besides take pictures and sketch, but those are two of my favorite pastimes, so it works out just fine.

Sketchbook Journal 1

My sketchbook doubles as a personal journal. The pages are fuzzy because they are warped, and the scanner couldn't deal with it.

While I was at the café, I got sick of everyone speaking to me in "Starbucks terms." No, I don't know what a "Venti-whatever" is. No, "frappuccino" is not a real word, nor a real drink. Vegan vegetable soup is not fattening, and when someone stares at the ginormous menu for 5 whole minutes, I expect them to not ask me what drinks the café serves.

To be fair, 90% of my customers were amazing; it was the other 10% that inspired most of my lunch break artwork.

...like this guy in the upper right corner. He was a regular, and British. He always leaned in and swept his hair back when he ordered (usually tea). I even managed to get a "Thanks, love," out of him once. The parade of kids at the bottom always rolled past the window around noon. They were always overdressed for the weather.

The sketch of Rosalina is plopped on there to cover up some airline flight info I don't want getting out. Paranoia is my friend. ^_^

The function at the bottom right is for someone I used to work with.

Valentine's Day sketch. Japanese notes and a Stegasaurus.