Tuesday, May 11, 2010

one of three

I did three sketches on the train the other day, the one person sitting across from me asked if he could have the drawing i did of him. I have given away many of my drawings, I can never say no, it had a drawing on each side of the small bristol pad, and now i wish i had more stuff to scan...Oh well lucky for me i can always make more :)

By the way, here is a short essay I wrote for class last week about this sketch project...

Perhaps one day we will be able to step into a box and be whisked away to another location in seconds. Travel is speeding up by the evolving new technology, but we still find ourselves stuffed into crowded trains, buses and plains. Public transportation is a public space where people rarely interact with each other, and behave in a predetermined unspoken manner. My work deals with the culture of the commuters, and what it is to be placed into a controlled environment like the subway train. The enclosed feeling of being underground with strangers is part of the experience living in a modern city of the 21st century. Transportation has changed in the last century from luxury leisure, to a dire necessity to travel long distances daily. My work captures the current human condition of an urban environment because it highlights those moments of isolation and discomfort while riding in public. In 2004 I started a project drawing strangers on trains, planes and buses to capture their pose and expression. These portraits are not commissioned works and they highlight one individual regardless of their age, race or style. This can be related to Anthony Appiah’s idea of the cosmopolitan. To live in a city is to be exposed to many different cultures in public places like the subway. How people behave in such environments affects the relationships between existing cultures in the city. My work highlights the behavior as well as the specific individuals partaking in the activity of travel.

As we have discussed culture is made and being made, my drawings embody that idea because they are drawn from life. The collection of drawings shows real people who live in New York, with attention to the details of their apparel and expression. My experience of the space is also an element present in the drawing because it is done on site. The jerky motion of the train produces lines that are unique to the experience and can be seen in this drawing. The drawings should be shown in a museum because they are not commissioned portraits of the privileged or noble individuals, but the real citizens of this city. They should have the opportunity to see themselves and reflect on their own experience. We experience culture and construct culture, so it is important to reflect on the current condition of living in 21st century city. Drawing from life may seem like an outdated form of documentation because of the development of photography and video, but I believe that it creates a better human relationship to the environment around us without the use of technology.

Sarah Brown

Sarah Brown, beauty editor at Vogue came to our class to talk about what it takes to be in a fashion cult magazine like Vogue, and the disposable nature of interns.... quite interesting discussion. She was very nice and informative, and very well dressed, I did my best to capture her in a few minutes while i had a chance.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010


Here is a drawing of a bug.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Rock the NY Yankees hat

This guy was intensly explaining something to his friend, I don't know what he was saying cus I had my headphones in.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Painting sketch

This is how I start most of my portrait paintings, working out light direction and composition. Make little notes and shit on the side, I haven't figured it all out yet....

Monday, March 22, 2010


One of my favorite things to do is sketch while watching my favorite cartoons...Powerpuff girls marathon on cartoon network and my Rocko's Modern Life.

Monday, March 1, 2010

School Sketches and Bob Kerry

Some people I go to school with...
Bob Kerry, the president of The New School gave a guest lecture in one of my classes last semester. He was unprepared, and showed some images off google and then just ran off before the class was over. I'm not sure what the point of it was, except it made me realize that the idiot running my school is full of bs.

Sunday, February 28, 2010


It's always fun to see someone with a bow-tie, of course I had to draw him.

Friday, February 19, 2010

another sketch

Hey! its been a while. Here is a sketch of an old lady who was real tan and dressed like a teenager. I just had to draw her! I guess we would all like to stay young forever...