NYC’s spring flowers barge into my sketchpad!

I haven’t drawn flowers for about a decade, and that was a single three-foot wide tulip.

Where these latest ones came from, I can only guess.  I think it’s the spring flowers everywhere — they kind of demand one’s attention, bursting out between concrete slabs, clawing their way over chain link fences, getting in in your face. Very aggressive NYC foliage demanded a place on my piece this week.

Update: 5/10/14–

I finished the final piece today, and here it is framed:

futari cube framed
The framed final drawing

Drawing — Pen on Claybord

Last week I finished my drawing called “Futari”. I drew on two 5 x 7 inch Clayboards, using pencil and Sakura fine point pens.

As it will soon be two years since I got hitched, I wanted to play with the concept of marriage. Trying to capture the strangeness of being married; there is some whimsy, constant movement, implied forms, negative space…puns intended.

September 25, 2014 UPDATE: Postcard AND greeting card prints of this work are here!

UPDATE 7 June 2019: I’ve closed my Zazzle store due to their April 2019 change of policy. My Redbubble store is still open here:

If you want to feel pure wonderfulness…

As my office job quit date nears, I am re-developing my artistic muscles, which DO indeed atrophy!

In order to get back into art making, I thought I’d enjoy some basic drawing, and my mom gave me an old Koh-I-Noor rapidograph which had lain in a drawer for years. The worn sticker on the plastic box still reads, “Made in USA, Bloomsbury, NJ.” Good times.

Rapidographs are great, but they are pricey and fragile. After much cleaning, soaking in Speedball Pen Cleaner, and threading with fine wire from an old pair of headphones, I was only able to get about 30 minutes of continuous operation from the old pen. So I picked up a set of Sakura fine pens. (There may be some other factors affecting the Koh-I-Noor’s operation, but darned if I can figure them out right now.)

The Sakura pens flow beautifully, especially on the 5″x7″ Claybord I’m using. If you want to feel pure wonderfulness, take a mechanical pencil to some Claybord! Doodle away!