Apr 16, 2014

Lost Angeles

I recently visited Lost Angeles, California. This time I really enjoyed myself. I was there visiting artists, Darcy Leslie and Danny Gregory. Darcy was my first roommate in New York when I moved there in the 80's. Seems that Darcy has been taking painting lessons for a few years and her work blew me away. I haven't been to LA in many decades. So this was my first encounter with what she has been up to. Darcy in real life is an owner of a great visual effects company in Venice, Brewster Parsons. She is one of the people I thanked in my new book. I consider her family.

Apr 15, 2014

An Animation

Animation from Tommy Kane on Vimeo.

This is a hand made animation I did. It's another commercial for my book.

Apr 14, 2014

The Rabbit Is Clever

Recently I have been checking out the blogs of some Urban Sketchers. Veronica Lawlor, Steven Gardener, Andrea Joseph and Lapin are the ones in particular. As I was scanning Lapin's site, I came upon something quite brilliant. So genius, it made me jealous. A simple idea indeed. Along his sidebar, there is a little sentence that is a live link. The words read: my secret sketching gear! So I clicked on it. There it was, drawings of all his sketching materials. Damn, I wish I thought of that. Usually I would just steal that idea and then over time try to claim credit for it. This idea was so perfect that I just couldn't abscond with it. I did do my own version which is really just the same as Lapin's. If you go to my blog and click on the moleskine book with the words, my art supplies, on it, you'll see what I've done. The reason this is so amazing is because it solves a big problem. I get tons of e-mails from people asking me what pen do I use, or what watercolor set do I use and on and on. I'm sure Lapin gets the same requests too. Now all I do is what the Rabbit does. I just send them my link. Plus they can just find the information themselves so no one ever really has to ask me again. A big thank you to the Rabbit from the Squirrel. Now if you want to see what I've done with all my art supplies, it's all in my new book, An Excuse to Draw. Instant shipping anywhere in the world, at bookdepository.com
or in Europe at Waterstones.

Apr 12, 2014

What's In This So Called Book?

This is page 10 of my book. An illustration of me sketching on the street done by, Seattle Times illustrator, Gabi Campanario. There are those who claim my new book, "An Excuse To Draw," is the greatest drawing book ever to be sold. Now if only I could find some of those people. If you are willing to purchase this baby, you will be hugely rewarded. Inside there are 360 of my best drawings and paintings from around the world. That is a whole lot of artiness. I am not a quantity artist. There are a lot of sketchers who love to make 10 sketches in a day, knocking out loosey-goosey drawings. Mine are all painstakingly done, taking years off my life. My drawings are filled with so much minutia, your head will explode looking a them. It is 214 pages long. Besides the artwork, there are stories as only I can tell. I know I'm not everyone's cup of tea but I can weave a tale or two. There are also photos and I do reveal some secrets. And of course, Michelangelo wrote the forward. So don't be the only one in your neighborhood to miss out. You can get it shipped to you instantly anywhere in the world at bookdepository.com or Waterstones. My publisher is working to move the date it will ship from Amazon up but in the meantime you can get it at these other places online.

Apr 7, 2014

What A 6 Year Old Thinks Of My New Book

A 6 Year Old's Opinion from Tommy Kane on Vimeo.

I thought it would be good to ask a 6 year old what she thinks of my new book, An Excuse To Draw. Well, maybe it wasn't such a good idea after all. So I made a commercial showing just how beloved my new book really is. Remember you can buy it at bookdepository.com and have it shipped immediately anywhere in the world. In Europe, get if from Waterstones.

Apr 6, 2014

Finally A Book

The thing about doing a book is the anticipation of it finally being done. It was such a long difficult haul. So many things went wrong for me. I also must say that a lot of things went right for me also. Tracking down all the artwork was a nightmare. Many files I had were not high resolution enough. The originals were long gone. A hard drive of mine crashed and lost a lot of my drawings. It was heartbreaking and a lesson too. But in the end, I got want I needed. At one point, about 7 really good paintings of mine that had been sold over the years, were missing from my hard drives. This might seem crazy but I went into my Etsy files and found the e-mails of all the people who owned the originals. I wrote to each of them and told them of my dilemma. I needed them to unframe each painting and take it to a place that could do a high resolution scan for me. You know what? They all did it. The kindness of people is amazing. It took forever to design the book and figure out what was to go where. Then I had to select just the right stories. I did all the mechanicals myself. I retouched every drawing. It was a year in the making. I know every minute detail of the book inside and out. So when I finally got an advance copy in my hands, I was so excited but something strange happened though. When I opened it, there was no surprises. It was exactly as I imagined it to be. So I guess what I'm saying, is that it must be more exciting for someone seeing it without a clue of what's in it at all. The joy I get now is watching someone look at it when I show them a copy for the first time. I'm able to see it fresh through their eyes. You can pick one up at bookdepsoitory.com or Waterstones in Europe.

Apr 5, 2014

Where To Buy My Book

I want to let people know where to buy my book. There is still a bit of confusion. If you order it from Amazon in the United States, it will not ship for quite a while. If you want it right NOW. You have to order it from bookdepository.com (they will ship immediately). They will ship ANYWHERE in the world. Even my friends in Korea can get it shipped there. They will also ship to Europe. But you can also get it in Europe at Waterstones. They will ship right away too. Free delivery too. So start clicking.