Thursday, December 31, 2009

Holiday Travel Monsters! Happy New Year!

Last blog post of the year... as the sun goes down here in cold, cloudy New York City, it's weird to think that it's already 2010 in some parts of the world. Before the Magic Date Change Line swings over my particular patch of the planet, here are the fruits of the season's back-and-forthing.

Despite the frantic racing around that always seems to happen this time of year (or maybe because of it) the holidays always tend to make me introspective.

Well, OK, more introspective:

Stuffed into public transportation, the most comfortable place is usually the one found by crawling as far back into my head as I can.

This year although there wasn't as much mileage as there sometimes is (only 2500 or so... way below average). Still, train delays, closed airports, massive snowstorms, insomnia in other people's guest rooms and the odd would-be terrorist attack still made for some fine monster habitat.

Here's wishing everyone a happy, creatively fertile 2010.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Holidays!

'll have to look elsewhere for Santas and snowflakes.

Year-end moleskine review

Over the course of 2009, I've filled a couple of hundred pages standing at the end of the subway car drawing people's heads. Nothing compared to some of the sketchers out there, but enough to get a little repetitious sometimes. Ballpoint pen, manila paper... it really is just one head after another.

But when I'm having a good day of it, I see how much variety there is in that monotony... how really, really different every face is from every other face. Because I draw from my head so much, it's become really important to me to get this kind of observational work in.

I don't suppose any of these drawings will form a basis for a character in a book illustration, but collectively they've done a lot to expand my range. When I sit down to draw out of my head, there's a lot more in there because of this work.

So here's a little set of samples from the 2009 Moleskines. A few repeats from earlier posts, but not too many: