Friday, June 9, 2017

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Star Wars at 40

Today is the 40th anniversary of the release of Star Wars. I actually don't remember the first time I saw that movie, or how many times I've seen it since, but I can pretty much recite it line for line. I think Empire Strikes Back is better than Star Wars, and Rogue One is probably a better movie, too. But the original will always have a special place in my heart.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017

USS Intrepid

I didn't draw this specifically for Fleet Week, but since it is Fleet Week, I figured this is a good time to post this one.


Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Water Street Pipes




























A pair of pipes in front of a building on Water Street in DUMBO. I don't know what these pipes are for; pumping something in or pumping something out? They reminded me of a pair of drunk buddies, staggering home.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

May The Fourth Be With You 2017

It's Star Wars Day, and the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars movie.

Luke dreams of joining the Rebellion, or at least going to Tosche Station for some power converters.



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Brooklyn Back Yard

The view from my bathroom window. I'd been planning on drawing this view for awhile, but I suddenly realized I had a deadline. There's a big tree between the window and these buildings, and one morning I noticed buds on the branches. I drew this in a morning, and a few days later, the tree was covered in leaves. This view is now a big wall of green.



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Fire Sprinkler Thingamaging

I had an art professor in college who was terrible. But one project she had us do was drawings of water pipes and etchings of manhole covers. She was interested in the ways people control water. I have to admit, the project stuck with me, and I continue to be fascinated with pipes and plumbing systems. This fire sprinkler system is in the theater building at Long Island University in downtown Brooklyn.


Friday, April 21, 2017

A Tree Grows In Brooklyn

This one at the corner of the LIU campus on Flatbush Ave. and Fleet St., in Downtown Brooklyn.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Rebecca and Jacqueline

I've been back to figure drawing for the first time in, like, two years. My usual drawing studio, Minerva Durham's Spring Street Studio, which has relocated to Broome St. and is now known as Minerva's Studio. It was good to get back to doing this sort of work.

Jacqueline:









Rebecca:











Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Concrete Scraper

This machine is apparently a concrete floor scraper. For when you need to scrape a concrete floor. Outside the Empire Stores development in DUMBO.


Monday, April 3, 2017

Test Header

This fixture is called a test header. It's used to test the water flow in a building's fire sprinkler system. This one is located on the back of a Home Depot in Gowanus.


Friday, March 31, 2017

Itasca

A 1970's era Itasca motorhome. At first I thought it was 'Xtasca' because of the funky '70s font, but it's 'Itasca,' a division of Winnebago. This RV is a mystery to me. It's in my neighborhood, and has been parked in the same spot for the near-three years I've lived here without being ticketed or towed. It is right by a big church, so maybe it belongs to them and the local cops know and so leave it alone? But that church has a huge parking lot, so why wouldn't it be parked in there? Strange.




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Big Door, Little Door

Old loading dock door in Times Square, on W. 41st St., between 7th and 8th Ave.


Monday, March 6, 2017

Plaza Bear

A giant stuffed bear-doorman outside one of the shops at the Plaza Hotel. I'm not sure what the story of the bear is. Is it a character from the Eloise books, which are set in the Plaza, or just something fun?


Monday, February 27, 2017

DUMBO Vespa

Vespa in DUMBO. I always see this bike parked at the same spot on Water St., and it always has a parking ticket.



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Chocolate machine

Machine on display at Jacques Torres Chocolate in DUMBO. It is a panning machine, which is used to coat nuts, fruit, etc. I guess you put the chocolate in the big vat, which spins, and the nuts or whatever are shot in through that tube.



Friday, January 20, 2017

Rebellions are built on hope.

I don't know what made me think of this movie on this Inauguration Day . . .


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jane's Carousel

Jane's Carousel in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The carousel was originally built in 1922 by the Philadelphia Tobaggan Company for an amusement park in Youngstown, Ohio. The horses were carved by John Zalar and Frank Carretta. In the 1980s, it was purchased and restored by David and Jane Wallentas, real estate moguls of DUMBO. In 2011, it finally re-opened in a new glass pavilion by the East River.


Monday, January 2, 2017