13 August 2014 § 2 Comments
For a change I have a few very, very recent sketches. The first set is from Christ Church, located on the Upper East side. I was hoping to add a second perspective to that page below, so hopefully I will get a chance to return and give you an update on it! The final image is a set of thumbnails from the highline. I started walking south on the highline from the 30th street entry and drew a thumbnail (no more than 5-7 minutes) at every block interval. We are almost up to 100 images on this blog, which is fantastic. The process of scanning, prepping, and uploading is quite time consuming. I have at least 30 sketchbooks of content and no time to scan, and not a very good scanner at that (if you haven’t noticed that I’ve made a lot of my sketches b/w and only can really upload the ink ones atm). Hopefully I’ll get a chance to upgrade soon!
28 April 2014 § Leave a comment
Another set of drawings here from my trip out to London. Below is the Windmill I visited–whcih was quite an adventure to get to. It was located at the very end of a train line, and then about a mile walk from the station. It was worth it though–a very beautiful suburb, very quiet too, and it was beautiful weather. It’s nice sometimes to be far away from home, in a place where you no noone and you have only yourself to rely on.
The other drawings are of Westminster Cathedral (different from Westminster Abbey) and of a housing project–I will try to find the name because it was a very progressive idea & well done.
Whenever I think back of where I visited, I must say that I probably would not go out of my way to visit any of these places again. Where I would again visit St Peters or Westminster Abbey or the Cliffs of Mohar, these sorts of places below could really only have been visited with ample amounts of time on hand. It makes me sad to think I may not have a chance again in my life to spend months and months in London, free to roam & explore.
I guess I will have to try to do my best to see all of NYC!
24 March 2014 § Leave a comment
Two cathedrals in London; five drawings. I had a really splendid time in London and often dream of going back. The whole city is just one giant, architectural playground! Unfortunately I can’t give a real update on all the things happening in my life, but enjoy these sketches!
27 February 2014 § Leave a comment
Hello all! It has been almost a week since I have updated, and not for very good reason. The combination of work, travel, and my birthday has prevented me from sitting down and uploading.. and studying for that matter. I’ve seriously been slacking. But now that it is almost March, and my first ARE exam is but a few weeks away, I need to rev back up full force into studying.
Which leaves me conflicted and also desperate for time. With the addition of a few other ideas/projects, I need to really be very efficient with my time usage. I will wake up at 630 AM from now on and spend the first hour doing my speed painting challenge. My lunch breaks from now on will be used to study for my exam. My evenings will be for writing & company work… and cooking! All the delicious cooking I can! Somewhere in there I promise to also include my drawing. I also will post up my paints & digital art as I work through those as well.
Below are several sketches from my 2010 visit to London! I took a whole day to go visit St. Pauls Cathedral–a wonderful piece of architecture–and spent several hours touring the surrounding area & the cathedral itself. It is beautiful! These were completed with ink & graphite, with a touch of watercolor.
14 February 2014 § Leave a comment
Happy Valentines Day! I was actually thinking I might look through some of my old sketches to see if I ever did anything on a Valentines Day but I got caught up with another project last night–building a fort in my apartment! We have a huge galvanized steel bar set that we use for our Parkour events that we reconfigured in our apartment. My partner and I did an excellent job and, as a bonus, once the sheets come off the fort it actually is a fantastic indoor mini-parkour-gym, so double win. Plus tonight we’ll be cooking our own dinner; fresh cuts of ribeye with selections from our very first farm-fresh delivery from Nextdoorganics (A pay-as-you-go CSA that I highly recommend to anyone living in Brooklyn). I will definitely be doing a drawing of that as well once a week! I love food and I love brooklyn!
Anyways, these three drawings reflect that I have been very bad at drawing every day for the last two weeks. I have only accomplished about 4 drawings between January 29th and Today…. 😦 I will draw double time this weekend and next week to make up for it a little bit. But.. most of them will probably be of indoor things since the snow just doesn’t stop. 😦
January 29th – On the subway on a Friday after work on the subway. This woman, I wish I had time to capture in water color; golden brown furry coat with matching boots, bright blue jeans, dull red hat, and a tangle of scraggly brown hair.
February 2nd – Washington Square Park as I walked through before/after my NY AIA Review seminar for the ARE BDCS (Less than 2 months away now!)
February 11th – The stairwell in a downtown Manhattan subway station as I was waiting to transfer from the J to the M train. I really like axonometric drawings…
29 January 2014 § Leave a comment
This post actually has two of my most favorite drawings from some of my old sketchbooks; both of them serial drawings–which I love–completed in my 2008-2009 sketchbook.
The first is a series of 8 perspectives drawn over 24 hours, around Syracuse University. This was a lot of fun to do and will be an exercise I continue to use as I explore the city. The deal was to take your page, split it in to four boxes (two page spread below), and to give no more than 10 minutes to a box. What happens is you really begin to figure which lines are critical to the drawing, and what are not. Also helps with learning to draw fast and decisively. As with all my drawings, it was completed soley in ink.
This second spread is another serial drawing of storefronts found around Syracuse city. I loved this drawing and want to repeat it for several spreads worth in NYC–maybe the storefronts of Chinatown or something–which could be really fun.
The final drawing I just figured I’d tack on, it was an experiment with markers, blender pen, image transfer, and ink drawing. I like it, though it looks better in person. The scanning process did something weird to the image.
27 January 2014 § Leave a comment
Today I was down at City Hall at the Public Design Commission for a review of the clubhouse that will be constructed at Ferry Point Park in the Bronx. I had a little downtime before the meeting and got a chance to sketch a quick loorplan and the beautiful white iron oculus (at least it looked white!) in the central domed space. Very pretty building, though PDC itself seemed very bare–almost unlived in to a point! Perhaps it is because they recently moved back in. Though they did have a fantastic collection of paintings of the mayors of NYC hung. And cookies too.