Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Graphite Rules

Recently I got back to painting, and concurrently got back to drawing with a graphite 4B pencil instead of my automatic 0.7mm pencil. I like it more because I can get a better line range. Automatic pencils are very convenient on trains and on long trips because you don't have to sharpen them and they stay precise. However, when I paint I place the shadow shapes first and then work on the detail, so with a real pencil it is much easier and faster to achieve that. Drawing and painting for me is related, what I learn on paper through my sketches influences the mars I make on canvas. Also I feel better connected to the paper when I use a real pencil, charcoal or graphite stick. I can use it directly on the page without any mechanics and really transmit what I am seeing with my eyes onto the page. I must say that I really envy people who can draw with a ballpoint pen (and I know some who do it extremely well). For some reason, I can never get that 'ink goo' filled ball tip to move the way I want. I mean it is really a great tool, but I just feel frustrated and disconnected using it. Anyway, thought you would like to know what kind of graphite I use and i hope you like my drawing :)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


I went home to visit friends and family this passed weekend, and I got an opprotunity to sketch some great suburban faces :)

Super Smash Bros.

A page out of my sketchbook. I drew all this from my memory, mostly during lecture. It is funny how inaccurate I drew some characters, especially Yoshi and Bauser, but I still like to practice drawing from memory.
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still alive and drawing.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

K8 Hardy

K8 Hardy, performance and video artist, she was our guest in lecture yesterday.
Ann Snitow, my professor for Intro to Feminist Thought and Action.

Friday, October 2, 2009

her name is cat

Cat is sleeping on Natasha's lap.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

My sister Natasha

Quick sketch I did of my sister on the subway. She is an amazing person, and my best friend.

Monday, September 14, 2009


sketch I did during lecture today, I was still paying attention and taking notes!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I'm back from my travels

On the plane from Kyrgyzstan

Sketches from the London Underground, London, UK.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Waiting in line at the Post Office

I went to the Post Office on Saturday afternoon and stood in line for good forty five minutes. But I did get some drawing done, there were a lot of parents with their kids waiting in the Passport line so I got to sketch kids and babies for the first time! I did a number of sketches, but the kids move so damn fast it's very hard to get a good gesture.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Courtroom Sketches

Foot study and sketches from court, it's not the usual but I hope you like.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Man with a Hat

Man with a stylish hat on path train from Grove st to 14th st. He kept moving his arms, so I could not get the placement quite right and he's missing one arm, but overall I like the sketch.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


So, I left my friend at a station cuz I spaced out while doing this drawing. The doors closed before I could get off the train! It was awful because she's not the type you can leave alone anywhere, especially Brooklyn. The drama was intense!! Was this drawing totally worth it?

Eddie Stabz

Eddie Stabz working on a drawing for a tattoo at the Brooklyn Ink Spot, Brooklyn NY

Saturday, July 4, 2009

deja vu

While doing this drawing, I realized that my sketches show my nostalgia for the past. I see that the features of this woman's face are similar to my mothers, and that my compositions relate to my family's old photographs. It is hard for me to point out exactly what I am trying to capture when I draw from life, but I do get into that moment of flow when my eyes see and my hand follows. My mind wonders about subjects unrelated, and sometimes I don't think at all, its like meditation almost. Drawing keeps me sane, and sometimes makes me completely neurotic but I love it.

Man on the 4 Train, Manhattan

This is the Manhattan bound 4 train, stand clear of the closing doors please.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Old Couple on Path Train NJ

Drawing of an old couple riding the Path train, this is from one of my old sketchbooks 2007. The subject in this drawing is making eye contact with the viewer. I rarely do this because it makes me feel uneasy that the subject doesn't know I am drawing them. I wanted to capture the old woman's worried expression and her strong grip on her husband's arm. I remember repeating to myself while I was drawing this "Don't loose it, get everything, don't loose it." I think I got it, and I like this drawing very much :)

Monday, June 29, 2009

People Talking

It's always a challenge to draw people talking, I was trying to capture their conversation but it came out one sided. I will practice this...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Brooklyn Ink Spot

I am apprenticing at the Brooklyn Ink Spot, follow my progress at http://tattoohoney.blogspot.com/

Q Train

Q train, Union Sq to Atlantic. I got a piece chocolate for doing this drawing. Boy, am happy to get paid with chocolate currency, I just wish i could pay rent that way.

Newark Bus 73

Newark Bus 73. Livingston to Newark Penn Station

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shar Pei

Drawing of my dog Arthur, also known as "Poppet".


Monday, May 18, 2009


old illustration got a face lift

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Thursday, May 14, 2009


my handsome momo <3



another day, another sketch

Viktor Koen

Sketch of my professor Viktor Koen. i think this sketch describes his personality and mood every morning in his favorite pose during a critique. He is a great teacher and amazing illustrator, Viktor Koen's portfolio.