Apr 24, 2018

Seaweed Of Tulum, Mexico


My wife and I were recently in Tulum, Mexico. I drew what washed up on the beach.

Apr 23, 2018

No Gym Before Breakfast


My friend, Danny Gregory, published a brilliant book that has been out for a while called, "Art Before Breakfast." It's about making art part of the everyday routine of your life. From beginners to professionals and even folks who haven't drawn since they were a kid, the book is for everyone. Permission to doodle and how to go about it without any self-imposed doubt getting in the way. Recently, he's been posting a drawing each day that he does before his own breakfast. It's a clever way to promote his great book and to give examples of how it's done. One particular sketch he did was of his cup of morning tea. So I decided to do my version of a teacup. Danny and I are very different artists. The Kane technique is to do things very elaborately, (basically too elaborately, so don't try this at home.) At a diner one morning, I ordered tea and drew it before my breakfast. I don't drink tea, by the way, so it just sat there for me to sketch. I purposely positioned it off to one side in order to leave room for what my brain would come up with to fill the rest of the page. When I got home, I thought up the idea of the steam mixed with my ink stamps from Japan. Technically I did not draw this part before breakfast but sometimes lighting strikes when you least expect it. The drawing was starting to look good to me. Next morning before breakfast, I pondered, "what goes with tea?" Crumpets of course. It's just that I didn't know what they were and have never actually seen one. I looked crumpets up online and drew one. I added a mouth because it seemed too straightforward and boring on its own. Once completed, I felt the crumpet looked just like the moon. So before my next morning's breakfast, I added a spaceman and the typeface. The following morning, Yun told me she was going to meet a friend from out of town for breakfast at the fancy, St. Regis hotel in midtown Manhattan. Before her friend arrived, I drew the sterling silver milk serving thing and the top of a 5-pound salt shaker. I spotted a sweet and low packet on the table and stole it to glue into my page. The following morning I added the tea bag, lemons, and tea leaves. Danny is an insightful and practical artist doing his drawing all in one sitting before he eats. I, on the other hand, am a slightly insane fanatic who took half a dozen pre breakfasts of mental gymnastics to draw my cup of tea. So get your copy of, "Art Before Breakfast" and see where it takes you.

Apr 20, 2018

The Onion


The Onion, has an Instagram post about an overly plaid hipster (that would be me) who makes photographs with a pen. I think what they are trying to say is, buy Tommy Kane's new illustration book, "All My Photographs Are Made With Pens." Link to buy here.

Apr 19, 2018

Sarah Huckapoo Sanders


"Look, as the president has clearly stated, he thinks Tommy Kane has been the source of numerous leaks. Mr. Kane was recently spotted on a flight to Mexico with black ink all over his enormous hands from an exploded Uniball pen. It was obvious because the ink was also on his very expensive Ralph Lauren double RRL shirt too. It is no secret that Kane is known in the art world as a very bad hombre. President Trump has repeatedly said that Kane has been leaking for years. Tommy Kane is just as pathetic as Crooked Picasso or Little Monet."

Apr 17, 2018

Photos Made With Pens


It's not easy to go up against the mighty camera in this day and age. In my quest to battle Canon, Nikon and Sony, I try to put up a daily fight. My pen is not to be messed with. Troll for my new book, "All My Photographs Are Made With Pens." 600 eye-popping illustrations jammed in 224 pages, like sardines in a can. A few of the illustrations are actually of fish by the way. It's actually on super sale at Amazon for a mere 12 bucks, about the price of a tuna sandwich (which you shouldn't even be eating).

Apr 16, 2018

Trumped


In March, Trump withdrew the Animal Welfare Rule. This rule applied to animals being raised for meat labeled organic. Because of Trump, the animals no longer need any access to outdoors. Now when you buy organic chicken, it will be raised indoors, jammed together as close as possible next to other chickens or in cages. This increases disease, sores, tumors, broken limbs and cancers. The current language governing what can be certified organic is clear on some points. Animals must be raised without antibiotics or growth hormones, and their feed must also be organic without genetically modified organisms or unapproved synthetic pesticides. But there is less clarity on animal welfare and living conditions. Many hens and cows live in the same or similar conditions as their nonorganic counterparts, with no room to move and only screened-in porches for "outside" access. The USDA estimates that about half of all organic eggs come from hens living in total confinement. I know there are people out there who voted for Trump and are now pretending they sort of like his presidency. My advice though is at least don't eat any meat until he is out of office. By the way, 200 million eggs were recalled just this weekend for salmonella. And so it begins.

Apr 12, 2018

Toys


Stuff from my niece and nephew's pile of discarded toys. they were watching cartoons while I drew this. Out of the corner of my ear, I heard things from the cartoons like, "hiney and skid marks." Modern cartoons are whack.