Wednesday, September 30, 2009

unlikely pairing...

Let me start off by saying I have NOTHING against inter racial dating , marriage or pairing.... but seeing THESE two together on West 57th street and Bway caused me to shake my head in wonder. He was a very short male white , five feet soaking wet, with a scruffy look about him, unshaven, thick oily hair, wearing a tank top long cut off jeans and boots with no laces. She was a well over six feet, so much so that she appeared to be almost all legs. Extremely curvy and had this childs hair style on her head and this impish expression. They were obviously in love and very taken with each other, but were so visually striking that nothing less than this Cartoony rendering could capture my reaction.
I guess he was her "scruffy little puppy" and she was his "chocolate Covered Giraffe!"

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Michael Jackson doing Old Skool funkstyle LOCKING

As some of you here know, i am a big dance enthusiast, particularly the okd skool funk styles of the 1970's 80's of Locking, Boogaloo, and Popping.
I found this OLD CLASSIC clip Of Michael and his brothers doing a Locking routine with Dom Deluise of all people! I knew Mike was a great dancer, and this only adds to his legend!!!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

With faces like these....

How could I NOT draw caricatures when people are walking around with faces like THESE??????

Friday, September 18, 2009

Newest Editorial Cartoon Wave Publishing

With the impending closing of some of the SRO's in the Rockaways, local residents are preparing themselves for an increase homless people who will soon be populating the area. Many of these people are on fixed incomes to begin with, are taking a variety of meds for various illnessness, including mental, and have scarely enough money to buy food. It remains to be seen what local officials plan to do about this problem.

Friday, September 11, 2009

911 Memories

Just a few thoughts on that awful/glorious day

"GLORIOUS" is a word that perhaps is not associated with that day, but I use it because a lot of miraculous things happened.

First and foremost, we saw how vulnerable we really are. As a result, certain security measures which should have been there in the first place were re evaluated and put in place. It's not perfect by a long shot, but we're dealing with imperfect human beings here.

It was glorious to see New Yorkers of every race color creed neighborhood come together for one brief moment and to recognize our common humanity. In a city as big as NYC you can forget that commodality and become stuck and polarized within your own neighborhood. People were actually helping each other, comforting each other , TALKING to each other! which brings me to my next point...

For one brief moment, all the NOISE of our cell phones televisions and electronic devices were cut off and as a result we were FORCED to confront and establish contact with another flesh and blood human being. Families starting talking together and re establishing contacts, old scores were settled and apologies were made.

We really thought were going to die that day.

I recall,with much heartache whether or not I should put my dog to sleep in order to spare him intense physical pain and mental suffering.

I remember being in the BOROUGH PARK section of Brooklyn, on my way to a computer class where I would be learning Photoshop Quark and Illustrator. The Smoke of the towers had already reached that remote park of Brooklyn and documents from peoples computers had blown literally across the water, and were raining down on me like confetti from a tickertape parade for The New York Yankees. I remember one man running up to me holding a page from a document that had been on somebody's desk in Manhattan minutes before.

We really thought we were going to die that day.

The indescribable feeling of death was literally in the air and the anxiety of that reality could be seen on every face.

As a believer in Christ A Scripture from Hebrews 9:27,28 came to mind

And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.

As I had put my trust in Christ for eternal salvation, There was a place on the inside of me that felt settled and anchored, an assurance that i would go to meet my Lord who I had trusted, very soon. And As My thoughts turned to my family, I said prayers for them and had the same assurance for them, as they had trusted their lives to him also.

Yeah, I'm preaching here.

In fact, during this period, there was a LOT of preaching going on in the city and that preaching, and those prayers were GLADLY received. It's easy to be an agnostic or atheist, while you're in Starbucks sipping your latte and eating your bagel, but when the rubber hits the road, and your LIFE is about to end, you start thinking about what's on the other side, and maybe those "religious fanatics" Like me, are right after all.

We All Didn't die that day....
In fact,
many of us
began to Live.


JOHN 3;16

It aint just a banner at a football game folks.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Park Party and Subway Sketches

As the Summer comes to a close, Im spending as much time as I can at the park trying to coax tourists into my chair, before the autumn chill and subsequent winds set in making it impossible to draw. I've missed the majority of Summer drawing in the park due to my back injury, but thank God Ive gotten a LOT better and no longer require the use of the cain, or even the chair that I habitually carried. These are a series of sketches done at the park(which customers rejected!!) on the subway, and at a party. Can you guess which is which? Enjoy.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

My New Promo Flyer

Needed to make a new black and white one. Decided to do something simple and to the point. This flyer contains a new comical cartoonicature of me at the top, plus my daughter on the right with the pony tail, and my son with the extra wide grin on the left side. The girl with the BBBBBIIIIIIGGGGGG smile is my "bugs bunny girl" one of my favorite all time caricatures. The other caricatures are taken from live subjects that ive drawn on the train years ago. All the major info of who I am what i do. ,my level of expeience are all there at a glance.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Big lady, big hair big everything!!

My latest memorable party sketch of a young woman who had big "everything" the most memorable was her blond hair that stood up in that odd way like a blond version of mount everest. I drew this sketch from memory in Dunkin Donuts following the party.

Friday, September 04, 2009

Mother Daughter on the A train

After a day of retail in the park I caught a mother daughter on the Queens Bound A train. They both had nice hairdoos