Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Wow, long time no post! That's what finals will do to you...but here's a little series for the holidays of one of the Rockefeller Center angels breaking formation and doing her own thing!
I hope you all have a great non-denominational winter season!


Monday, November 9, 2009

Indian Summer

Today was another beautiful, 70-something day, so I tried to squeeze in a little more drawing before it gets too cold to stay outside for hours on end. I was watching a group of highschoolers congregating in Union Square, another thing there will probably be less of once winter sets in.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

The Peking

Today was so beautiful outside I decided to go down to the seaport and work, and get a little drawing in too. The Peking always seems so enormous every time I go down there, like it's just another building in downtown Manhattan. Except it's floating in the water...

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fall Foliage

Today, Chris and I went up to see the leaves at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. The colors were absolutely amazing! We just wandered around the whole day, walked through the forest, got lost. It was so relaxing.

At one point we passed this ridiculously red Japanese maple, and I made Chris stop so I could make a drawing. While we were stopped there, this little family of chipmunks started playing around a bush just past the maple, and were scurrying around the entire time. It was like being in the middle of a scene from Bambi.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Disney: Spectral MAGIC!

So last year at Disney, there happened to be a slight hurricane the entire time we were there. So the Spectral Magic Night Parade Extravaganza was canceled every night we were in the Magic Kingdom. But THIS time, there was no hurricane, and I finally got to see the parade. It was fantastic! They shut off all of the lights on Main Street, and then these bizarre, neon, laser-light, floats and dancers come swirling around and winding their way through the streets, with futuristic beeping and whirring sound effects. It's very beautiful, and very trippy. My favorite part was the Pegaus float from Fantasia, I'm going to have to do a drawing of just them next year....

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Disney: Waiting for the Parade

In the Magic Kingdom, the crowds of people start to line the street as the park is closing, waiting for the Spectral Magic Night Parade that goes down Main Street every night. Here are people settling themselves down to wait for the parade, and the parade is up next!

Monday, October 12, 2009

National Equality March

This past Sunday, October 11, 2009, was the National Equality March: A march on the Capitol in Washington DC demanding the LGBT community's full and equal rights under the law. We marched. And we listened to the speeches of leaders, activists, actors, pop-stars, and Judy Shepard, who lost her son years ago to homophobic violence, and inspired the nation to protect their LGBT children. As we all stood and listened, their words echoed from the Capitol to the Washington Monument, to the White House, to every symbol of freedom, equality, and democracy that had built our nation.

To view the entire blog post and all the rest of the drawings, please visit http://picturefor1000voices.com

Friday, October 9, 2009

Disney: Gibbons

First, a notice: My project, A Picture For A Thousand Voices has moved to http:picturefor1000voices.com and is being updated regularly, so go check it out!


I have always loved gibbons, ever since I was a little kid. They're so graceful but goofy at the same time, and are by far the most adorable of the apes. Their body language is so human, but so strange and distorted. Animal Kingdom had a baby gibbon this year, who I could have sat and watched for hours. Of course, I had other things I had to go and draw, but I couldn't resist drawing them every time I passed by their enclosure.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Disney: The Castle

Everyone was crowded under the castle as it started to rain. I was under shelter too, but the wind still managed to knock my ink bottle over! Thank god for water soluble ink, the rain did most of the cleaning for me!

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Last Days of Summer

I decided to do my homework in Bryant Park today to celebrate the beginning of fall and mourn the end of summer. It was a beautiful day, and people were out enjoying it like their last!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Disney Session: Animal Parade

The parade in animal kingdom is amazing to draw. You can hear the drums starting from way down the street, and your head starts going and your heart starts jumping like a little kid, and then there's an explosion of joy, color, music, and patterns. Plus, it comes by twice, so twice the drawing!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Disney Session: Life Drawing 3

And here are the drawings from the 5th day (we had a museum day on the 4th day because the model got food poisoning, ouch!):

Next, off to Disneyworld!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Disney Session: Life Drawing 2

Here are a few drawings from the model we had on the third day:

Friday, August 21, 2009

Disney Session: Life Drawing 1

So I recently finished a session of a yearly class that consists of 5 full days of figure drawing and then 10 days of drawing at Disneyworld doing reportage. It was an INCREDIBLE session, and I can't wait to go again next year! I'll be posting drawings from the figure drawing and reportage over the next couple weeks, so enjoy!

Here are a few drawings of the model we drew for the first two days of the class:

Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Jersey Shore

I went down to South Jersey this weekend to visit a friend, and had a great time at the Jersey Shore. South Jersey is beautiful! It was my first real time into New Jersey, and I was so surprised, since all I had heard was people badmouthing New Jersey (and especially the south). But it was so beautiful, lush, and green! It was nice to get out of the city for a few days and just relax on the beach.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Belvedere Castle

I've always wanted to draw Belvedere Castle in Central Park, but the last time I tried to draw there, it was January and I got frozen out of the park. Now I decided to go in the summer, and I got horrendously sunburned! I can't win! Or I should just wear sunscreen. Anyhoo, it was a great drawing day, I'm glad I finally got up there to draw the castle. Plus, I got to try out my new reportage stuff for my trip to Disney this year (new dip pen and new oil pastels/turpentine brush pen!) and the new reference book I've been making.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Central Park

Went down to Central Park to draw the runners for an assignment and got a little drawing done for myself, too! It was a beautiful day, though I'm surprised so many people were out running in the heat of the day! Masochists, all of them.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Colorado Continued: Macchio!

While I was home, I also had the pleasure of meeting my brother and his fiance's brand new puppy, Macchio (It means "Spot" in Italian)! I am not a dog person. I even took a "course" from my mom's friend when I was little about how to not be completely terrified of dogs (I received a bone-shaped magnet for my achievement). But Macchio is the sweetest dog in the world. I absolutely love my new little nephew, and he even let me draw him while we were headed up hiking in the car! (You can see a tiiiiny drawing of him with my brother in the last post of the hiking drawings.)