Thursday, December 31, 2009

John Carpenter

This is an odd thing to be posting but, for reasons it would take me too long to type it was this or nothing. It's a job I did for the Wall St Journal back in 2006. John Carpenter and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


This is the cat we are looking after whilst abandoning our own two.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Angie In Repose

We are still at the cabin and Angie finally sat down long enough for me to attempt this drawing. She said I made her look like a serial killer, personally I think she looks more like a cereal eater.

Monday, December 28, 2009

From The Window

This sketch took two hours. I know this because whilst I was doing it I had Manchester United V Hull on the TV and we both finished at the same time. Does life get any better? The answer is yes because I failed to mention I had a bottle of Yuengling.

Sunday, December 27, 2009


This is the house we are staying in for the holiday season. It's just too good to be true.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Gils At Pete's

Happy Holidays everyone.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Xmass Eve

The perfect occasion to showcase another cheesy book cover. This was one of my first covers I did when I came to America which makes it about 20 years old. I have to point out two things.
1. I haven't been out sketching much lately, I'm not fed up with it by any means but life inter veins some times, I expect to be able to do some drawing over the weekend.

2. That's me in the painting laying down the smack whilst Steve McQueen watches with admiration (bottom left). Don't make me angry, you wouldn't like me when I'm angry.

Have a happy holiday season good people of the world, I have tomorrow's post all drawn up for you, I know you have better things to do but just in case you get a moment.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009


Running from the holiday spirit perhaps. This is a really old book cover that hasn't seen the light of day for all the obvious reasons. This goes back to a time when I didn't know that I didn't know what I was doing. As for running from the holiday spirit, I sometimes wish I could take a year off or maybe it should be like the World Cup and come every four years. Any thoughts?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Here we go again.

Monday, December 21, 2009


Here is a rather festive look at a bar that no longer exists. This was the perfect place for a holiday pint.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

VA Sketching Day

On Thursday a group representing the Society of Illustrators when to the VA hospital on 23rd st the sketch the patients as a kind of holiday event. I was in really good company here. From left to right, Mike was our Va liaison, Artists Bob Smith, Victor Juhasz, Joan Chiverton, Steve Brodner, me and Ed Murr.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Here Comes The Snow

This is why I don't ski anymore.

Thursday, December 17, 2009


I'm not getting out much lately I need to get sketching again. Here is my last subway drawing. Today I'm going to a VA hospital to draw the patients. It's something I do with the Society Of Illustrators, we give the drawings to the patients and it's a bit of light relief for them in this festive season.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


That's my opinion anyway.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Shopping

On Madison Avenue. At some point the fear of not doing it outweighs the fear of doing it.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Lady on the 5

The sleep of the dead, I was almost tempted to stay on the train and keep drawing but common sense prevailed.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

The Boss (unfinished)

Routing around in the studio today I came across this unfinished painting of Bruce, I don't remember starting it and clearly I lost interest but It will do for todays posting. It's raining and I'm moving real slow today. How you doing?

Saturday, December 12, 2009


On the way home from the city at about 1am everybody seems to look like this.

Friday, December 11, 2009


I was drawing in Red Hook one morning when a young lady approached me to see what I was doing. She said she was an nanny and would I draw a portrait of the young boy she was looking after for a gift for the boy's parents. She sent me a bunch of pictures I used a couple of them and drew this portrait. I'm charging her $100, I don't know how much nannys make.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

My Kind Of Guy

Unlike yesterdays model, this guy knew how to stay put. I don't ask for much from my fellow commuters. It's cats and dogs outside today so I'm blessed with full days work at home and an audio book, my kind of day.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


This was going quite well and then he got off.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Another Birthday

I'm 47 today, when I think back to being 37 all I can say is these last 10 years have been the best in my life, largely thanks to Angie who has given me a life worth living. I'm going to make these next 10 years count so when I look back at 57 I can do so with some satisfaction. The game's afoot my friends. This is a drawing from Bill's I don't know if I'll get there today but it's a worthy place to spend any birthday.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Wooley Hat

It's starting to turn cold in New York, yesterday we had snow although today seems really beautiful. That's enough about the weather, how you doing?

Saturday, December 5, 2009


Aptly titled or what?

Friday, December 4, 2009

Award Night

Wednesday night I received the Stevan Dohanos award from the Society of Illustrators. Great night for me and my misses.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


As he leans in she leans out, maybe because he wasn't wearing any socks.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The Battle Of Pussy Willow Creek

I did this illustration for use in an independent movie of the same title, I missed the screening this week, damn.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Teddy's is in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. Williamsburgh has gone through tremendous change lately but Teddy's is a classic old bar, how old? it was owned by Mae West's parents and the legendary performer was born in the apartment above the bar. I haven't done a drawing for the outside of the bar but you know it's coming.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Closet Confidential

This is what I did with Sketch "A". I'll let you know what the art director has to say but this is the story so far.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Dude In A Mood

No cheering this one up.

Saturday, November 28, 2009


He's a quickie of the misses.

Friday, November 27, 2009


Was it something I said?

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Do you remember when you had to shoot your own turkey?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


On the 5 train into Manhattan on Monday, She read, I drew, and all was right with the world.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Yesterday's Guy

I've been doing these bar sketches for years now and You run into the same people from time to time. These are two sketches I did of the chap from yesterdays post, they were done in a bar called JD's which no longer exists. I did a great many sketches of the regulars in JD's and they all and to find another watering hole when it closed. For this guy it was P.J Clarke's which is only two blocks from where JD's once stood.

Monday, November 23, 2009

P.J Clarke's

Here is a chap enjoying a drink and the news paper on a Monday Lunchtime. Ease into the week, that's what I say.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Afternoon

Might as well sleep though it.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Angie And Gils

This was a quick sketch of Angie and Gil's on the way into the city last weekend to visit the high line. Not the best likeness of either but it was hard to manage that in the short time I had. Excuses excuses.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Stevan Dohanos Award Winner 2009

I found out this week that this painting won the Stevan Dohanos award for the Member Open Show from the Society of Illustrators.
I'm thrilled because I've never won anything before except for a coloring in competition when I was 9(I was good at staying within the lines). For those of you that are New York based the Member Open show will be up as of Dec 1st and there will be an opening reception on Wednesday Dec 2nd at 6pm.

As for yesterday, the art director chose 'A' You can't win them all.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Closet Confidential

Three sketches for a book cover, I like c.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Queen Mary 2

I was on my way home from Fairways yesterday when I noticed this massive ship moored in Red Hook. It was towering over the houses and I had to find a place to sit and sketch it. That's down town Manhattan to the left.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009


Gills came for another visit from Bonnie Scotland and I'm never going to drink again. I think that tells the story.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Franklin Park

This was my other drawing from Saturday. I really can't think of anything else to say about this one. Sketch of the day!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Yesterday the weather was pretty miserable so I took myself off to Franklin Park for some indoor drawing. I was so quite in the bar that Lauren who was bar tending that evening agreed to sit for a portrait. It's an ill wind as they say. Thanks Lauren.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Mike likes Ike.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Game Boy

He got to the next level right before my eyes.