Apr 22, 2014
Apr 21, 2014
Here is a quick little 2 minute demonstration of me drawing on the street. I'm sitting on a park bench in a little park. This takes place in London. My good friend George Hage is filming me. None of the people I am drawing are aware of what I am up to. I do the drawing very clandestinely. Drawing people is tough because they are always fidgeting, moving and sometimes they just get up and leave. So I work quickly. This is how a lot of the drawings in my new book get done. I just want to mention once again, if you want my new book right away, you have to order it from bookdepository.com. So cancel your Amazon order. That one may take a few months before it ships. My publisher is working on the situation. I will make an announcement when that is fixed. Also you can get it in Europe at Waterstones.
Apr 18, 2014
For those of you who have gotten my book, it would be nice if you could write some reviews on the book seller websites. Thank you to everyone who bought my masterpiece and thank you beforehand for writing a review for me. You can write them for bookdepository.com, Waterstones, Amazon.com.uk, Amazon.com, fishpond.com (Australia), loot.co.za (South Africa), bokus.com (Sweden). I'm all over the planet.
Apr 17, 2014
I've written before about Alex Gross, the best painter in America. See above examples. Here is what he said about my new book. "It's fantastic! I am always impressed by good sketchbook drawers/ life observers/ obsessive compulsive's. Its just a beautiful book. I am also going to buy a book for my mom, who is also an artist and who I think will really dig it." Look, if the greatest painter in America is buying one for his mom, then the rest of you people should be doing the same. Plus I got an e-mail from Pratt Institute. It's one of the best art schools in the country. They ordered my book for their library. It's a must see for all college art school students. Immediate delivery anywhere in the world from bookdepository.com or in europe at Waterstones.
Apr 16, 2014
I recently visited Lost Angeles, California. This time I really enjoyed myself. I was there visiting artists, Darcy Leslie and Danny Gregory. Darcy was my first roommate in New York when I moved there in the 80's. Seems that Darcy has been taking painting lessons for a few years and her work blew me away. I haven't been to LA in many decades. So this was my first encounter with what she has been up to. Darcy in real life is an owner of a great visual effects company in Venice, Brewster Parsons. She is one of the people I thanked in my new book. I consider her family.
Apr 15, 2014
Apr 14, 2014
Recently I have been checking out the blogs of some Urban Sketchers. Veronica Lawlor, Steven Gardener, Andrea Joseph and Lapin are the ones in particular. As I was scanning Lapin's site, I came upon something quite brilliant. So genius, it made me jealous. A simple idea indeed. Along his sidebar, there is a little sentence that is a live link. The words read: my secret sketching gear! So I clicked on it. There it was, drawings of all his sketching materials. Damn, I wish I thought of that. Usually I would just steal that idea and then over time try to claim credit for it. This idea was so perfect that I just couldn't abscond with it. I did do my own version which is really just the same as Lapin's. If you go to my blog and click on the moleskine book with the words, my art supplies, on it, you'll see what I've done. The reason this is so amazing is because it solves a big problem. I get tons of e-mails from people asking me what pen do I use, or what watercolor set do I use and on and on. I'm sure Lapin gets the same requests too. Now all I do is what the Rabbit does. I just send them my link. Plus they can just find the information themselves so no one ever really has to ask me again. A big thank you to the Rabbit from the Squirrel. Now if you want to see what I've done with all my art supplies, it's all in my new book, An Excuse to Draw. Instant shipping anywhere in the world, at bookdepository.com
or in Europe at Waterstones.