Thursday, January 31, 2008

Russian Couple

One of those May December relationships, they were on their way to Brighten Beach because if your a Russian couple thats what you do. He would, ever now again squeeze her hand and smile at her and she would, well it wasn't quite a smile but her face would contort in a manner almost pleasing to the eye.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Slender Brenda

I swear I put a couple of pounds on her.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Beer Nymphs

This is a companoin piece to Beer Nymph which I posted November 19th of last year, if you hit the lable "bars" and scrole down you will see it. Anyway these drawings, and there is a 3rd one that I can't find for the moment, are about celebrating beer for beer needs celebrating. Grab yourself a pint this very evening and take a moment before your first sip to behold this gift of the gods. Then that first taste, like an Angel crying on your tounge. Yes my friends, treat yourself tonight and tell me if that was not the best part of your day.

Monday, January 28, 2008


back to work, back to the subway, I try never to use the subway at weekends as a special treat for making it through the week, but then again withouy it us Brooklynites and New Yorkers in general would be doomed. Cheery thoughts for a Monday Morning. I recognise both the people in this drawing from multiple commutes but I will never know anything else about them other than we head in the same direction at the same time. What's up with me this morning, by my standards this is a short story.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Sunday Papers

Angie gets stuck into the Times.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Dem Bones

This is how I woke up feeling this morning, it also makes a change from subway drawings.

Friday, January 25, 2008


some of the faces I see each day on my way to the city.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Mother and Daughter

one texts, one reads and all is right with the world.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Oh Yes She Is

Nude that is. Not just bars and nudes anymore though, I'm now bars, nudes and subway dudes. I miss drawing out doors so I'm eagerly awaiting spring.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Pete's Tavern

Two for the price of one. The top drawing is a reworking of a sketch I'd made a couple of years ago, the second drawing. Pete's is yet another of New york's historic bars.

Monday, January 21, 2008


The guy in the foreground finished the book he was reading, sighed and stared at it with a look of disapointment. Obviously not a great read.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Bill's Gay Nineties

My friend Rich is getting married today, he's the one who introduced me to the truly great bar on 54st and Madison ave. We were in there for lunch on Wednesday. It's a hard place to leave.
Congratulations Rachel and Ritchie.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Long Week

this lady sums it up. as she takes the 4 train back home to Brooklyn. I hope she woke up and got off at her stop, she was so out of it she might be there yet be on the train.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Old Town Bar

this was drawn during a Friday lunchtime session, it's only weekday lunchtimes when you get to see these bars at there best. That is when you have natural light and just a smattering of people so you can really see the space. It's not just because I like a liquid lunch, honestly.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

200 Park Slope

is a great bar in Brooklyn with about 25 beers on tap, and a good happy hour through the week. It's a bit of a sports bar so Angie does not like it very much. I go there if I'm on the Slope by myself. Most bars on the Slope don,t open untill 4pm during the week and this is the case with 200 except Fridays when it opens at 11.30am, so now you know.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Society of Illustrators

It's what Tuesday nights are all about

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


Willie and I took the subway together last night, we work at the same place. We took the 6 train down town from 53rd st and this is what I managed to do by Brooklyn Bridge where Willie gets off.

Monday, January 14, 2008

White Horse Tavern

567 Hudson Street at 11th Street in the west Village. I've drawn it from the inside so here it is from the outside. It was pretty cold which soon drove me back inside.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Subway Talk

these two were dicussing the one on the lefts thankless daughter,"..and to top it all off, she comes home with her nose pierced." I had to get off the train as they began to talk about her boyfriend, I suspect he might have had a tatoo.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

World Cup final 2006

To keep yesterdays theme going, here's my world Cup Final experience. We were in the Hop Devil in the East Village surrounded by French and Italians. That's Angie in the bottom left. I've been in New York for every World Cup since 1990 and it's always some version of the above. There might have been a couple of Americans in the bar but that's about it.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Maybe Under Capello

Okay, so here's the story. These two drawings were made from sketches I'd done at a bar called Floyd's in Brooklyn during England's World Cup quarter final against Portugal in 2006. The top image depicts the moment when Owen Hargreaves (Canadian) converts England's only penalty during the shoot out. The 2nd drawing (first posted in Nov 07 after the Croatia game..I don't want to talk about it) depicts the moment shortly there after and pretty much ever since.
Why am I posting these today, it's Ben's birthday and he owns the original drawings, so if you see him out later, buy him a pint.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Book Worm

Angie is on a roll with the reading at the moment, when she's not reading she's painting and has just finished a portrait of one of our cats, Molly. Scroll down to see said painting, she also has a drawing up at the Society of Illustrators which you can see by clicking on the lable "Angie' and scolling down to "Angie's life Drawing".

Angie's Painting of Molly

Angie usualy paint's vegatables, Molly is as smart as a carrot which you can probably tell by looking at the painting.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Society of Illustrators

back to sketch night last night, Great to see everyone again and nice to draw someone who is there to be drawn and stays in one place. It make life easier.

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

The 5 Train

I get on at President St and head to Manhattan, when I mangage to get a seat I have the chance to draw. This one went well. The girl on the right asked for a quick peak as she was getting of the train. In hindsight she probably meant the sketch.

Monday, January 7, 2008

First Till of the Year

regular visitors to this site may know this is one of my favourite subjects. This is one of the tills at the Old Town Bar, I used my ruling pen again just to see where I was at. This is a great still life subject in a great bar with a great pint by my side.
I'm sure I'll be doing yet another drawing of this till very soon, next time in graphite. I guess this is one of my standards.

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Sunday Studies

this felt like Sunday to me, hanging out in a coffee shop, people watching. No hats.

Saturday, January 5, 2008

Bundled Up

These two lads on the subway made me smile, they were prepared for the cold outside but the subway trains get so hot and they just looked miserable, not that I enjoy the misery of others but we can all relate to this one.

Friday, January 4, 2008

Knitted Hat

I think this style of knitted hat looks really silly, even more so when it's worn indoors, nobodies head gets that cold. It screams "look at me, I'm so interesting!" I'm going to try to make a collection of indoor wooley hat drawings. tis the season.

Thursday, January 3, 2008


here is a rather welcoming look at a New York classic. The atmosphere at McSorley's is always great but the place has greater appeal on these cold winter evenings. This place has never closed it's doors since1854, now that's what I call dedication.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Back to Work

It's a cold one but commuting is always a pleasure.

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Nude Years Day

My first post of 2008 and I'm starting the year with a bad pun. I'm sure you'll forgive me as hungover as you are.