Saturday, September 30, 2006

Technical Drawing

This is quick drawing that I took with me to Home Depot in order to purchase the correct size bolt to fix the bike that I've been fixing up for Andrew. There is something that I like about technical drawings, the thin linework and the measurements are really cool. I remeber my father had a drafting set from a class that he took in high school and I would play with it as a kid. In the box that contained the drafting kit there were a number of drawings that my Dad had made while in high school. I remeber being really interested in the old drawings, they were made on thick newsprint and were becoming slightly faded and discolored around the edges. Very cool. I wonder if my folks still have them somewhere at home.


Friday, September 29, 2006


This is a quick napkin sketch of andrew eating some food. I'm pretty tired tonight and didn't really want to sketch. I'm not sure how I feel about this one.


Thursday, September 28, 2006

Crazy Eyes

Another self portrait. This is my first pencil drawing for my daily drawings and I used a Paper Mate Sharpwriter #2 pencil. It has a very fine lead that never dulls so I found it difficult to shade and render forms. As a result I look pretty flat and not very defined in terms of the from. It looks too chicken scratchy for my liking. I need to find a better pencil media to work with.


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Folding Bike

This is a sketch of a folding bike that was parked outside of the gym tonight. I was waiting for Ti-1000 to show up so I decided to take care of my daily sketch. A man was walking by and he stopped to look at my sketch and started to talk to me about my drawing. I don't really remember what he was saying but he seemed pretty impressed with my drawing. I was concentrating on my sketch so I don't remember what I was saying either but I didn't find his presence too distracting.


Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Sweater Beach

This napkin doodle was made at a bar (surprise, surprise) for the after party for the latest channel 102 screening. I was with Ti-1000, worker #3116, tps12 and we were discussing possible ideas for a pilot show to submit for the next screening. We were hashing out the details of "Sweater Beach" which is basically a parody of "Baywatch" where the show takes place at a beach in the off season when the weather is a bit chilly and all of the life guards are wearing sweaters.

I don't like this napkin sketch.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Milk Crates

This is a design sketch that is fleshing out ideas for improvements to a milk crate shelf that I currently have in my apartment. Basically the front side of the milk crates blow slightly under load so the whole shelf tilts forward, making the whole thing slightly unstable.

I was doing a quick search to find an image milk crate and came across this site all abut my favorite plastic container.


Sunday, September 24, 2006

Motor City

These four drawings were made at Motor City Bar in the LES of NYC. Sweet. Upper left is a quick gesture of a girl standing in the bar. The upper right is the glasses on our table. Lower left is another gesture and the lower right is a drawing of TPS12. The paper is from Alexandra's Moleskin Journal and was drawn with a four color pen.

I like these drawings.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Animal Kingdom

Whew, what a week. Tomorrow will be seven straight days of my daily drawings. Today was the first time that it felt like chore, but I powered through and made a drawing. Both animals are drawn from food labels. The ram is from some kind of tequila and the parrot is from a can of condensed milk. I started with the ram and was not feeling it at all and was wanting to stop. The parrot was a bit easier to get into but in the end I rushed through both of these.

I'm sure there will always be days like this, no worries. One plan was to do some gesture drawings from fashion magazine spreads but that would entail scanning more than one drawing and I'm feeling lazy tonight. Maybe tomorrow.


Self Portrait

This is my first self portrait of the daily drawing project. While I was in college I really enjoyed drawing myself in my daily journal. I would often sit down and make a self portrait after getting home from a party. The pen seems to flow a bit more smoothly after a few drinks. I'm not completely sure how to render my beard with lines. In the past my jawline can be delineated with a single line, framing the face. The beard is difficult to represent with one line so I'm at a bit of a loss.

Oh, this was drawn with a middle grey pen that I picked up while I was on an internship in college. I was living in Shelton Connecticut and working for a company called Pitney Bowes. I think this was in the spring of 2000 and during the three month internship I was spending nearly all of my weekends in New York City. I picked up this pen at Pearl Paint while I was in NYC one weekend. It's amazing that I've held onto this pen for over six years and that I'm able to recall where it came from. I even remember that one of my coworkers recommended the grey color because you could sketch the framework for a design then go over it in black pen to create a cool effect.

I'm happy with this one, there is some good line character.


Thursday, September 21, 2006

Drawing Game!

These are two drawings that I made with Alexandra. The basic concept is you start with two pieces of paper and divide the paper in to four vertical sections. You trade off sections so that each person is drawing at the same time and but alternating between the sections. Basically you get a drawing as follows: head=peter, shoulders/abdomen=alexandra, thighs=peter, lower legs/feet=alexandra.

There is a lot of nudity and craziness in these drawings. It's surprisingly challenging to draw a section of a body without reference for what the other parts look like. It's also amazing how easily the sections line up. I guess that when people draw, they generally divide up the body into similar sections.

I enjoy making these drawings.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

A Dose of Color

I'm not sure how I feel about this one. It was drawn at the bar (I'm beginning to notice a pattern here) so there was only candle light to work with. It was also drawn on a manila folder with (to start) a blue sharpie. Suzy had some markers behind the bar, the waterbased Crayola® brand style, so I brought in some color. It's pretty crazy and in regular light it looks totally different than I expected. I guess in general, it's difficult to render shapes, shadows and highlights of a dark composition while starting on white (manila) paper. On the flip-side this is not really about rendered, realistic shapes, it's more of an illustration.

The bar (foreground) was made of wood but I had no idea how to render it. I didn't want to color in areas of the drawing that necessarily corresponded to the "real" colors of the surface (what is reality? what does it mean to see? what is perception? bla, bla, blah). So in the end I just threw in the color at random. I kept the main wall one color and did a cross hatching thing that I spotted in some drawings by Hope Gangloff (she has a show up in Chelsea right now, check it out). I was hanging out with people so I was partly paying attention to the drawing and partly focused on the conversation. In the end I think this helped because it prevented me from becoming too paranoid about what was happening to my drawing. I think sometimes I'm too protective of a sketch, to the point where I become really tense in order to avoid messing it up or making a mistake.

I think I made a few mistakes with this drawing, but I'm OK with that.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Blades of Steel

Ok, I'm not going to judge. One of the key ideas is to post a drawing every day, they don't have to be good. Suspend judgment. This one was made on a bar napkin while drinking at the bar. I was hoping hoping that my drawings would be more well-thought-out, but I suppose a doodle counts as a drawing.

Here we have three different kinds of knives, the butterfly, the switchblade and the NATO Push Button. We were unsure of the name of the NATO push button (the blade moves vertically) but Steve came to the rescue.

I'll cut you.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Camera Wall

This is a semi-blind contour drawing of the wall where I have some of my cameras hanging. It was a fast drawing, maybe ten minutes or so. I'm trying to not think about what I'm doing at this point and just focus on making a drawing and not worrying about how it turns out. I have an idea of how I want this project to look but I think if I focus to much on what I want it to be I will end up becoming discouraged when it turns out differently.


Saturday, September 16, 2006

Bicycle Crank

This was a quick sketch of my bicycle from over a year ago. This drawing started me thinking about making a sketch a day and posting them online. I'm trying to get this up and running as a new project but I've been very lazy and complacient when it comes to creative outlets in my life.

The sketch is somewhat incomplete but I really enjoyed making it. It's inspired by the paintings and drawings of Taliah Lempert.