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.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Mary Whalen

This is the other drawing from Tuesdays session at this grand old tanker. I am planning to go back at some point next week and get some more views if I can square it with Carolina. Getting access to the ship is almost too good to be true.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Mary Whalen

I had a great opportunity yesterday. I was invited by Carolina Salguero who had come across some of my Red Hook sketches, to draw her ship the MARY WHALEN. The ship is a retired oil tanker docked in the Red Hook container port, north side of pier 9B. I could draw her for months on end and never be done. I certainly mean to go back while the weather hold out. I managed two drawings yesterday so you will see the other tomorrow. Thanks again to Carolina.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


So many dudes, so little time.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Red Hook

This is a building you can see from the Fairways car park. I'm really curious about this place and fortunately for my a guy called Pete who was working in there came out to see what i was doing and offered to give me a tour next time I'm around. Pete was on his way to deliver a pair of wings he had made from balloons to a Victoria's Secret model shoot. Oh yes, I m very curious about this place. You'll have to forgive this nasty ink color, I mixed it myself from red and green, hoping to get brown and instead got something very unpleasant.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

And Again

Here is another one just like the other one.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Back To Reality

Enough with the Yankee postings. I mean, what have they done for me lately? This was a quick subway sketch done this week that I was rather happy with. Had the chap not gotten off the train I would have probably overworked it as is usually the case. Less really is more.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Yankee Mania

OK so I'm on a bit of a Yankees roll right now but it does enable me to dust of some things that haven't seen the light of day for a while. I was doing baseball cards for Topps some years ago and my Derek Jeter card made the cover of Becket Baseball card Monthly. They ran a competition inside the magazine to win the original painting, a competition I entered trying to win the painting back(I didn't win). Good times.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

World Champs

As we say in England "Result". This is a painting i did for Upper Deck last year that was turned into a poster. The original was 2ft x 3ft, one of my largest painting but a really great job to get. Thanks Yankees and thanks Upper Deck.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Let's Go Yankees

I'm sorry for all you Phillies fans out there but the Yankees will will the World Series tonight. About 20 years back I did this painting of Joe DiMaggio as part of a series for the Bradford Exchange, it round up on a plate and as a limited edition print signed by the great man himself. Here is Joe with the original painting and a better look at the painting reduced to it's plate form. This was a highlight for me, expect another Yankee related image in celebration.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

McSorley's Finished

This is the final version of the painting. The challenge was getting to fit the composition into a square format. This painting will be hung at the Society of Illustrators some time in December along with a bunch of other artists work all fitting a 12x12 inch format. I think they all get put up for auction which maybe be an online affair, if that is true I'll let you know. There should be some bargains to be had.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Sir Bobby Robson

He was one of the greatest characters in English football.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

New York Marathon

The New York Marathon is today but of course there are many reasons to run.