Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Back in the Big City, part 1

Recently, I returned to NYC for 2 week visit. It was nice to return to my city, and in ways it felt like I'd never left. Most of my time was spent going through the storage locker, and other whatnot related to my move. Here are a few people I saw while riding the Q train. 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

It's been a while since I've posted something here, and a lot has happened since then. I've moved to Geneva, and have done a fair amount of travel. But what I haven't done is ride a subway, which is where I tended to do most of my iphone portraits while living in NYC. I may have to expand this blog a little bit, and put up more of my work. A scanner will arrive here in a few weeks, and that should be remedy that problem. Until then, I do have a few iPhone portraits that I can share. Here are a few from my time in Croatia with Ana's family in the pretty small village of Bisko. These were done while sitting under a chestnut tree as the family talked about... well, I have no idea, because I don't understand the language, except for a couple words. The first image is the local priest, who at first meeting seems like another local dude hanging out, shooting the breeze with the fella's. I forget who the 2nd image is. The third and fourth images are of a man who is afraid of letting people know how old he is - when people wish him 'happy birthday', he becomes very defensive, which causes a lot of comedy. The final one is Ana's father, who relishes his time there so much. I can assure you that shortly after the moment of this drawing, there was a witty comment and smile.

Friday, April 13, 2012

5 for Friday

Today is a big day for me. I'm leaving my job after 6 years, and hopping on an airplane for Ecuador where through photography and drawing I'll be documenting the work of a surgical mission ( http://ismission.org/ ). And then I do my final preparations for the move to Switzerland, hopefully by the end of May. But, until then, I'd like to share a few portraits I recently did. I wonder if they will change after I've moved to Europe. 

Monday, April 2, 2012


What's on my mind today is I'm now into my final two months here in NYC, after just over 26 years of almost nonstop habitation. Some very exciting things are happening, transitions and progress. As many of you know, I got married one month ago. Next up: leaving my job of the last 6 years, a week and a half in Ecuador to document the work of a surgical charity, the opening of a group show at Mystic Seaport, emptying my apartment, moving to Geneva, learning a language and, greatest of all, spending all my days being in the same time zone as my wonderful wife. So, in honor of life transitions, I have here a couple images that were progressively saved and adjusted as I was drawing them.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

4 more from the Q

Today I rode my bicycle into work, something I really enjoy and wish this city was more kind to. A downside to cycling to work is that I'm not drawing on the subway. As the weather improves and I ride to work more often, the drawings will be a rainy day event. The weather is just starting to have hints of the Spring around the corner. But it hasn't taken full hold yet. It's slowly waking. So, from last week and earlier this week, a selection of 4 drawings, 2 awake, 2 asleep, from my wonderful Q.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

4 recent drawings

As with the others, these are all from the Q train, the subway that I take from my Brooklyn neighborhood. A few short years ago it was the most diverse zip code in America, which I think is a great honor. I think it was Newsweek that made the revelation according to census figures. Here, we have old and young, orthodox jewish and caribbean. The list could go on and on, but it's late and I have to save something for later on. I hope you enjoy these.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

From the Archives

For this update, I've dug into my archives and pulled a few from last year. Using another app, this time, too. But what remains the same are the straphangers, deep in thought, reading, or talking to friends. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Angry woman and hipsters

The title says it all. I did find it amusing that once I noticed the guy with large hipster glasses, I suddenly saw a bunch of other people suffering from the same malaise. 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

France, Russia, Wisconsin, India

From Thursday and Friday, four more faces. The first made me think of Daumier. The second was a Russian guy whose physique was brutish, but his personality was very happy and light as he talked to his friend. The next is a woman who was very round in a middle-America fashion. And finally there was a very intense guy who I'm guessing was from India.  All on my Q train.