Jan 31, 2010


playing a video game at the park in the freezing cold. I had to quit when my fingers got numb.

Jan 30, 2010

Three men

at the cafe on a cold, rainy night.

Jan 29, 2010

Not much available

at the cafe. People were mostly faced away, and these three men got up and left before I could finish. Then the whole place emptied out.

Jan 27, 2010

On the phone

blah blah blah...I'm at Starbucks...studying for the test...blah blah blah.

Jan 26, 2010

Open mouth man again

but this time the likeness is more accurate. Depending on the angle, he reminds me of an older version of Wallace from Wallace & Gromit

Jan 25, 2010

Open mouth man

at the library reading the NY Times. I wanted to finish drawing his jacket and arms, but he got up and left. He walked with a distinctive hunched posture and I realized that I had seen him before.

Jan 24, 2010

Cafe drawing

of two women. It was a mother and her daughter conversing in Spanish.

While drawing this I felt apprehension and doubt. The feeling is akin to making a piece of furniture and being aware that measurement mistakes will become apparent when the joints and pieces don't quite fit together. With this drawing what I struggled with was the the placement of the table top relative to the women, the placement of the chairs, how the people are positioned in the chairs, and anatomical proportions.

Jan 23, 2010

Cat in the Hat

man  at the library with the red and white stripe hat. He was looking at a large world atlas book

Later, a pretty young Asian woman sat in the chair near his and across from mine. She shuffled papers while she sat for a few minutes. The Cat in the Hat man repeatedly looked up at the young woman every few moments as if he couldn't get enough of looking at her. It made me a bit sad to realize that we never stop wanting impossible things. The more seen, the more desired, even for a man in his seventies.

Jan 22, 2010

Wasn't feeling it

but I drew anyway just to be consistent.

Jan 21, 2010

I really didn't

feel like drawing these two women at the cafe, but I pushed through the awkward tightness.

Jan 20, 2010

Open mouth man

reading the newspaper. I wish I could have had more time to define the folds of his jacket and the hoodie he had on underneath. The difficulty was that his clothing fell formlessly around his frame.

Jan 19, 2010

A drawing of my kitchen

done on a very cold night. It was 17º F, not counting wind chill. I don't like drawing scenes that don't have people in them, especially if they have a lot of straight lines and right angles. I originally planned to go to the cafe to draw but it was too cold to walk the six blocks.

Jan 18, 2010

Man at the Flushing Mall

I drew while waiting for my beef noodles. At the next table were four people with heavy Long Island accents.

Jan 17, 2010

An elderly woman at the library

whom I had drawn a few weeks prior. Sitting near me was an older man who fidgeted, grumbled and repeatedly turned to glare at the front desk librarian because she talked too loudly while he read the newspaper.

The elderly woman sat motionless for a long time, which is why I was able to do a more finished drawing. A section of her newspaper had slipped to the floor unnoticed and a tiny little girl came over, asked if she dropped it, then picked it up and handed it to her. It was an unusual sight since many of the kids at this library are bratty and fresh. The elderly woman herself seemed a bit surprised. The little girl had dark hair, a puffy jacket and an uncanny presence.

Jan 16, 2010

Jan 15, 2010

Two women

at a cafe. Sometimes the first drawing of the day is painfully difficult. I don't know if I will ever have a solid grasp on drawing, that I can do it fluidly instead of clumsily and blindly grasping after something that is hidden. It's because I got a late start, becoming an artist at age 22.

I'm amazed at people who draw professionally, such as comic book artists, animators and illustrators. How they draw well consistently, on demand, and under less than ideal conditions.

Jan 13, 2010

Stern looking man

at the library. He noticed that I was looking at him and glanced over periodically.

Jan 12, 2010

The noodle counter

at the Flushing Mall. The beef noodle bowl was delicious, with a lot of noodles and less broth. I think the secret to the flavor is the right amounts of sesame oil, ginger and black pepper.

Jan 11, 2010

Jan 10, 2010

Jan 9, 2010

A man at the library

studying a book entitled Inglés Para Dummies.

While drawing this, I repeatedly glanced over at the fiction section because I wanted to check out a Cormac McCarthy book. In the end I didn't since a friend told me that bedbugs can be spread through library books. I decided to buy a used copy of No Country for Old Men online. Before reading it though, I put it in the oven. Ten minutes at 200º F in order to kill any bedbugs.

Jan 8, 2010

A college student

at the cafe, wearing a puffy jacket. He was studying some sort of mathematics or science and did not appear to be enjoying himself.

Jan 7, 2010

Jan 6, 2010

Little kid

at the sketchy playground. He was moving around too much to really draw him. His mother was a serious MILF.

Jan 5, 2010

Two men and a dog

at the sketchy playground. This drawing got a bit smudged before I could scan it.

Jan 4, 2010

The regulars

at the sketchy playground. I hope I'm not sitting there everyday when I'm their age. Then again, I am their age and I am sitting there day after day.

Jan 3, 2010

Woman with headscarf

at the sketchy playground. She was eating a package of nuts.

Jan 2, 2010

Madison Square Park

after a doctor's appointment and before an interview.

Jan 1, 2010

Little girl

at the Sunnyside library. She was reading Dog Fancy magazine. Kids are difficult to draw because they move around more and you have to be fast.