Monday, June 24, 2013

Cars Parked On East 3rd St. Between Avenues A and B

I've spent the past couple of weeks on a project at a theater on 3rd Street in the East Village. I had a lot of free time in the afternoons, and I noticed a lot of nice cars around, so they became my sketching subject for several days. This was somewhat amusing to me because, although I missed out on the darkest days of New York during the 1970s and 80s, when I moved here, Alphabet City was still not a place to park nice cars.

1960 Plymouth Valiant

Scion FRS

Later I went to draw the front view, but it moved after I started it. Thanks a lot, Scion FRS.

BMW Z4 301

Old VW bugs are the funnest cars to draw, as seen here, but the modern ones are cool, too.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

North Hempstead Beach

Last Sunday I was out at North Hempstead Beach Park on Long Island. It's a little beach next to a power plant and across from an industrial dock. So it's a good beach to go to if you like going to beach but don't care about the view. Or if, like me, you enjoy sketching industrial stuff. And geese.

Friday, June 14, 2013


Some drawings from recent days of construction vehicles and equipment. I love drawing this stuff, because A) What do these things do? Some are obvious, like a bulldozer, but even they have all these pipes and tubes and hoses and attachments that make you wonder how it all works. B) They are a really complex arrangement of lines and shapes and a fun challenge to decipher and depict it all. You may think all these construction devices are just blocks, like a Tonka toy, but in fact they are full of graceful curves and complex shapes intersecting in oblique tangents.

I drew this in DUMBO. I'm not precisely sure what it does, but a contractor at the site said it was "for drilling. Like for water." Are they drilling for aquifers in Brooklyn?

A manual steamroller, I guess.

Naptime in a bulldozer. South Street Seaport. Lots of construction there, still rebuilding from Sandy.

Bulldozer with some sort of attachment in front, for lifting heavy stuff, I guess.