Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Graphite Monsters from the Deep

Doing a studio cleanup after the end of a project, uncovered these graphite monsters from a while back, drawn in a very short but productive interlude back in my days at the Brooklyn Artists Gym (now Brooklyn Art Space).

Thought I'd post 'em.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

New York Fashion Week Round Three

One more round from New York Fashion Week. One of the most fun drawing experiences I've ever had, thanks to all the people who stopped to talk. I've always thought of the fashion world as inaccessible, but this last week on Lincoln Plaza was the friendliest New York I've ever drawn in.

Thanks to Serena Solomon and DNAinfo.com for their interest in me. I'm very flattered that with so many other fantastic people to write about, they gave me some spotlight! Twice!

Thanks also to new friend fashion photographer Rafael Clemente for explaining to me why Instagram is a thing and for walking me through the art and science of hashtags.

Now people can follow me on Instagram: studio_hermit. Thanks Rafael!

See you all next year! (In the meantime, I think there's going to be some Instagramming from my usual drawing haunts, Chelsea Market and the High Line).

Sunday, September 8, 2013

New York Fashion Week Round Two

Took most of a beautiful Sunday afternoon to go back up to Lincoln Center for another round of drawing at New York Fashion Week.

Again, thanks to everyone who stopped and said 'hi' and looked at what I was doing. It's fun to draw with such friendly, enthusiastic people around.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

New York Fashion Week 2013

A few years back, I drew on the plaza at Lincoln Center as the people came and went from Fashion Week. This year, I had another go at it, and this was the result.

I'm actually working at Fashion Week this year, so I'm hoping to get in another session or two before it's over... maybe even inside (although it's awfully fun to stand on the plaza...).

While I was drawing on the plaza, lots of people came up and talked to me, more than usually do when I'm drawing in public. I think it's such a performative event, the whole parade of finery, that anyone who's doing anything creative or unusual just kind of gets included in the spectacle.

Among those who came up to look was Serena Solomon, who was kind enough to include a quick Instagram video on what I was doing for DNAinfo New York. For a while today, my drawing hand was on their homepage:

Here's the final of drawing they used:

Big thanks to Serena for taking an interest and for sharing my work, and thanks as well to everyone else who stopped by and said 'hi'!

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who's coming to visit through the DNAinfo story! If you click the studio hermit banner, you can see more posts of Fashion Week drawings.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Fat man on a fat frog

Laid out at the laundromat in NYC, executed in the Lost Dog Coffee Shop in lovely Shepherdstown, West Virginia in between seeing shows at the totally awesome Contemporary American Theater Festival.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Subway sketches

Couple of pages out of the current moleskine, chosen more or less at random.

Spring monsters

Sketched these guys a while back as watercolor warmups while doing some book illustrations on a wildly different topic. Got two of them painted, then some stuff got in the way. Getting back to work on the interrupted book now, and finished the third today, so I'm posting the set.

Happy (belated) spring, everyone!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

LaGuardia to Philadelphia to Akron monsters

Had to fly to the Cleveland area on short notice. Long delays in transit, therefore monsters.

Oberlin sketches

Found myself with a few spare hours in Ohio this last week and drove to Oberlin for the good coffee at the Slow Train, lunch at the Feve, and a little bit of back-alley sketching. Lovely town, lovely day in the middle of an otherwise wretched week.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Owl in a teacup

 ...because it was a rainy day and I didn't feel like doing my real work.

Warmup monsters

Working on a book project right now, which means long hours. Which means kickouts and warmups and all kinds of shake-it-out drawings that cheer me up and keep me energized and help me stay at my desk.

No idea where this came from. I spend too much time alone.

And this one was my birthday present to myself (I still did work that day, but I made time for this, too):

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Draw A Dinosaur Day!

I've been working on a big project with a tight deadline, but took a few minutes after dinner to participate in the totally awesome Draw A Dinosaur Day 2013! celebration.

Easily my loosest, most fun, best painting of the day. Of course.