Friday, December 20, 2013

Main & Scio

Main and ScioThis is a 3 1/2' X 5 1/2' piece I've been working on that's up at the Workhouse Art Center at the moment.  It still seems a touch unfinished to me, so I may fiddle with it some more, maybe add some color.  Who knows..

I Fixed Our Staff Picture

Corrected Staff picture (White Elephant gift)
We had our annual Holiday/White Elephant party at work.  I framed our staff picture as my gift... after fixing it first of course.

My backup pic was an altered Comedy Bang Bang ad I'm quite proud of as well...
white elephant self-portrait backup pic

Sunday, December 15, 2013

The Dying Gaul

Ricardo pointed out to our sketchcrawl group that The Dying Gaul was on temporary loan to the NGA, and gathered a bunch of us to go sketch it.  While the crowd around the sculpture was deep, everyone found a decent unobstructed view or two to draw from.
The Dying Gaul at NGADC
It is pretty interesting how unaware people can be of themselves as the step directly in front of another person looking at the same artwork.  I don't mean just those of us sketching (though I will admit it didn't help) but people who will stand so close to the sculpture itself that the 30 visitors behind them can't see a thing. Whatever. At least no one knocked him over...
The Dying Gaul at NGADC

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Elizabeth Taylor Mural
As far as pop culture figures who make good mural subject, DC has a pretty good knack for picking them.  Marilyn Monroe, Duke Ellington, Chuck Brown, and Frederick Douglas among others.  Well, earlier this season the Dacha Beer Garden opened up with a pretty spectacular mural of Elizabeth Taylor keeping watch over their beer drinkers down below.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

This Site Is Closed Do Not Enter

This Site Is Closed Do Not Enter
Part of me just wants to say "presented with no commentary" and leave it at that, but I don't want this to be mistaken for some kind of libertarian protest or a complaint about park rangers like we've seen in the last week. I only felt as though it would be interesting to go check out the Mall and see how it looked when "barricaded". Now, if instead you want take this as a criticism of politicians not doing their job, go crazy. Especially those that instigated the shutdown then shamelessly postured in front of cameras to complain about it's results. Not that I feel like sketching those nincompoops.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Crafty Bastards 2013

Crafty Bastards sketch 13
Crafty Bastards was just a couple of weeks ago.  It's similar to SPX, as it's the kind of fair you walk into just thinking you're just going to browse, then walk out realizing you spent every bit of cash you had on you.  I swear I really didn't think I'd actually spend every dime on me, I thought I was just going to sketch...

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

H Street Fest

H Street sketch strip

Inspired by Joel's sketches from last year, I checked out this year's H Street Festival. Food, weird cars, rollergirls, art and lots of people.  Sadly I missed an opportunity to try a faux-cronut, but otherwise a lot of fun.

I'm starting to enjoy putting sketches together in strip form.  It's taking me a little longer to put together and sketch, but I'm diggin' it.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Small Press Expo '13

Small Press Expo SPX 2013

So Baltimore Comic-Con was fun, but the real action came a week later in DC with the Small Press Expo.  If you are into comics, or just art in general this was the place to find every indie or underground comic creator you wish you've heard of. This expo is one of my favorite times of the year, made apparent by how I spent way too much money on art and comics.  So as with Baltimore, I thought I would put a page of SPX sketches together in a way that seemed appropriate.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Baltimore Comic Con 2013

Baltimore Comic Con 2013

I've been living in DC for some time now, but only in recent years have I started braving the Baltimore Comic Con.  Unlike a lot of pop culture conventions, Baltimore is straight up about Comic. Books. A lot of comic vendors, spandex, writers, artists & illustrators, spandex, kids, toy, t shirts, did I mention spandex? A whole lot of fun.  So I thought attempting a bunch of sketches on a single page might be appropriate considering the subject.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

So Long Marla

Dr. Sketchy's Marla Meringue 20 min
The latest Dr. Sketchy's this Sunday featured Marla Meringue's last session before traveling around the country with the Wizard of Oz for a year.  She is one of the consistently best Dr. Sketchy models  in the DC Baltimore area, she'll be missed.
Dr. Sketchy's Marla Meringue 20 min

Thursday, February 28, 2013

700 Delaware

Hense Graffiti Church DC
Sometime late last year street artist Hense came to DC to work on a former church south of the Capitol area.  The project had some minor controversy over whether this was respectful to the history of this particular site, but nonetheless it's pretty awesome and fun to see up close.

I certainly couldn't sketch this without involving all these great marks and colors, so it took me a little while longer than usual to finish the drawing.  I sketched the basic structure and a little of the surroundings on site, but had to color it at home... after running to the art store for a few more markers...
[You can check out more about the project at Design Boom.]

Monday, January 21, 2013


So as we were Sketchcrawling our way along the National Mall, we caught the attention of a PBS videographer/journalist who was out look for pictures and stories.  After a call to his editor, he got a bit of an extension on his deadline to join us on our 'crawl.  Here is what he's posted on the PBS New Hour InaugBlog!

Sketch Crawl from NewsHour University on Vimeo.

Kind of fun to get a little publicity. Though I never really like hearing the sound of my voice... Thanks Patrick Record all the same for finding us worthwhile of the attention!

Sketchcrawl #38. Three views of the Capitol Building. Part 3.

And finally, here are three views of the Capitol building.

Inauguration 2013 Capitol Building

Inauguration 2013 Jumbotron and Capitol

Last Port-o-potty, I promise.
Inauguration 2013 Portojohns and Capitol

Sketchcrawl #38. Part 2.

The landscape of the National Mall changes quite a bit with the coming of the inauguration.     News trucks, t-shirt vendors, security, etc... Though not quite a Tardis, the Police box certainly caught my eye as an interesting addition to the surroundings.  And you can't miss the Port-o-potty's, and checking out CNN was just kind of fun.
Inauguration 2013 Police Box

Inauguration 2013 CNN

Inauguration 2013 Portopotty

Sketchcrawl #38 The National Mall, leading to the Inauguration. Part 1.

For this past weekend, we decided it would be timely to have our Sketchcrawl on the National Mall here in DC, as the Presidential Inauguration is happening shortly.  I got there a little early to get a sense of what was around, and there was plenty to see.  My first couple of sketches, as I waited for the other 'crawlers to arrive, aren't strictly Inauguration themed, but a couple of scenes of the Mall.

The East Wing of the National Gallery- in the midst of a face lift.
National Gallery East Wing

And a view of the Natural History Museum from Hirshhorn, across the Mall.
Inauguration 2013 Natural History Museum from the Hirshhorn
I'll post another batch in a moment or two...

Monday, January 7, 2013


So, my friends Greg & Yayoi and I work together over the summer at a fantastic high school age arts program called NYSSSA (send your kids).  They also wisely use their free time there to make beautiful spontaneous collaborative drawings and paintings together.  Of which I am invited to participate in, but am usually too worried that I'm going to ruin what they've done.

Now, Greg and I have often talked about working on some sort of project together, but we have both been a bit busy to start anything.  He more than myself.  So as the year came to an end I thought I'd try and put the beginnings of a drawing together that could perhaps bounce back and forth between us.  Being the cautious type I started two drawings so I could senf him which ever i thought turned out best. Which frankly just made things harder, as I couldn't make up my mind. eventually I thought "Hey, I should send Yayoi one of these!"

I then proceeded to spend a day or two flip flopping between who would get which one.

Anyway. I thought I would post these, as some small way to pressure and manipulate  encourage them to continue the drawings!

Greg got this one.
The One I Sent G.L.

Yayoi got this one.
The One I Sent Y.A. Now get to work.