I have been riding the bus a lot, but lately it has felt more difficult. One stop may not seem like much, but it felt great to get off and take a long meandering walk home.
A while ago, I designed a new website for a French bakery. They wanted about five different sketches for the home page. We went with one that depicted the bakery’s storefront, a sidewalk scene, with a limited pale yellow and golden brown color palette. I thought this rejected sketch of the counter would look nice with a full-color treatment. N.B.: The background is the same paper I used for my wedding invitations!
So this is my entry for CurateNYC, an exhibition that will be seen in four locations throughout the city from Oct. 21-31. You could submit only one 5×6″ postcard-size image.
I wanted to call my picture “Unnnngggh!” but I went with the more conventional “Bodybuilder” and in fact it’s a portrait of my bodybuildin’ friend Mephy, drawn as she dead-lifted a 225 lb. barbell. Months later, I thought she looked like a Japanese demon, which she would enjoy, being a huge lover of Japan and its culture. But I wouldn’t know for sure, because I lost her new phone number and it’s difficult to find her on the Internet. So if you’re out there, I hope this grants at least one of your wishes, to live forever as an oni that’s totally diesel!
Next time we shall return to your regularly scheduled black outlines, but today I double-challenged myself with watercolors and painting from a photograph (my boyfriend, I think he’s part orangutan). It felt good to use watercolor on its own, instead of mixed with a dozen other things like I’m used to. I think it loosened me up (but not enough to do this).
My mom is working on an article and I made this illustration to go with it. Almost ten years have passed since the Twin Towers were destroyed on Sept. 11 and everyone is still fighting over what to build on the site. Most of the plans are no different from what was there before, only less ambitious. Her idea was to create vertical farms that would feed us with fresh fruit and vegetables, create “green” jobs, and set an example for other cities to follow. It sure sounds a lot better than more office units and shopping malls!