Feb 4, 2016

Masking


The Rubin Museum in New York (which I am a member of) is becoming one of my favorites. It's small but always filled with groovy things. The entire 6th floor is full of masks from around Asia. The security guard who is in charge of the top 2 floors is now my buddy. He observed me drawing this. Now when I go there he gives me a big smile and handshake and wants to know if I am drawing or if I brought some sketchbooks for him to look at. I am now the proud owner of several museums in Manhattan, that seem to be my own personal fiefdoms. It's a nice feeling to be loved by the people just like our politicians are.

Feb 1, 2016

Here It Is


Here is the Batmobile drawn by me with permission to use pens and paint.

Jan 28, 2016

Adam West


Recently I was at dinner with my friend Tony Gilroy. He asked me if I'd seen the Batmobile. I didn't know what he was talking about. Tony couldn't believe I didn't know it was on display at The New York Historical Society. The very next day, I ran to the place. As I entered the lobby, there it was. Holy smokes, Batman. I asked if it was OK for me to draw it. They said, "only with pencil." Oh no, here we go again. So I sat and drew this with colored pencils. I knew I could do a much better version if I was allowed to use my pens and watercolors. So I went to the front desk and asked to see someone in charge. They called for head of security. When he arrived, I showed him my sketchbook and asked for permission to use ink and paint. He leafed through it and I thought his head would explode. "You can do whatever the hell you want in this museum," is what he told me. Then I set about working with my pens and paints. Pretty soon a couple of security guards came over to watch me. They thumbed through a few of my sketchbooks and they were hooked. Pretty soon a few more guards came from other floors. Someone must have tipped them off. By the end, I had the people at the front desk, the coat check girl and officials looking at my Batmobile drawing. I will post that one I did in pen and watercolor next week.

Jan 25, 2016

Old School


My childhood friend, Jimmy Douglass (who is a comic genius by the way) recently went on a Facebook rant about our old neighborhood growing up. I hadn't thought about this stuff in 4 decades. He remembered every candy store, shop, deli, shoe maker and the lunatics who owned and operated them. Imagine your mom making you go get a haircut as a kid but the problem is, the guy cutting your hair is named "Screwy Louie." No wonder I have no hair left. It made me reminisce. I passed an art store recently and saw they had a Spirograph set in the window, so I bought it. This is my first goofy try at using it. I plan to do some experimenting. We'll see what I come up. It's all thanks to Jimmy.

Jan 20, 2016

Space


If there is a square foot of empty space anywhere in New York city, we will build on it.

Jan 18, 2016

The New James Jean


There is a million people who do this drawing in sketchbooks thing. One person is head and heels above the rest. His name is James Jean. He is the very best and no one else comes close. In fact, I could make a case that he is the greatest artist in America right now. This innocuous drawing is one I recently did on a plane trip to Florida. It may not seem like one of my most fantastic drawings. When I finished it though, I came to a realization. I have become James Jean. The problem is, I have not become the genius James Jean of today. When I looked at this sketch, I saw the James Jean sketchbooks of 14 years ago. Although I will never be good enough to tie his shoes, my admiration for his work has lifted what I do to great heights. All of you may see a nice drawing of a little old lady on a plane during sunrise, I SEE how far I've come.

Jan 14, 2016

Meeting Ann


I've drawn so much at the Museum of Natural History that I need to sketch stuff that really amuses me. I've always wanted to do this Moose's ass. An artist whose work I like, was in town. Her name is Ann Sinarski. We decided the meet up and sketch together. I brought her to this diorama which shows 2 large moose locking horns while fighting each other. Ann put her stool down and started to paint the scene from the side angle like a normal person would. I was drawing a few feet away and don't think she realized what I was up to. Later, I showed her my sketch and she laughed. Ann finally understood that I was drawing the BUTT, the entire time. Well, she got to see me in action anyway even if I'm a little off center.

Jan 12, 2016

Romanesco Cauliflower


I've created the Romanesco cauliflower anteater crab. A new species is born. It's quite a large drawing with a lot of detail.

Jan 4, 2016

Museum Of American History


Over the holidays I was in DC, so I went to the Museum of American History. It's a bit of a dreary place. I did managed to find a few groovy items to draw. Plus I got to hang out with Kermit the frog. When Yun and I were driving down south, we were forced to bring HER cat because the cat sitter was unavailable. To make a long story short, the cat was roaming freely around the inside of the car. She stood on my lap to look out the window, which of course was a ruse. Then Ace proceeded to take a dump on my lap as I was driving along the Jersey turnpike. My wife screamed with laughter and terror as each turd fell onto me. As hard as it was I just ignored the proceedings. Through tears of hysteria, my wife tried to clean me as best she could before we pulled off at a rest stop. The cat is a pisser.