Draw-a-Thon 9

Art & Design High School in NYC holds its Draw-a-Thon (day-long life drawing event) in the Spring and Fall of each year. These are some of my favorite sketches from this spring’s Draw-a-Thon 9.

“Satyress” pencil sketches

“Carnival Dancer at Rest” – watercolors, marker, pencil

“Dora Milaje” pencil sketches

Sketch Nights: Society of Illustrators, Drink & Draw NYC

In all the hubbub surrounding MoCCAFest, I forgot to post some of my recent sketches.

“Uhura” – watercolor over red pencil

“Lt. Cmdr. Data” – markers and pencil

First, a pair of sketches from a Sketch Night held at the Society of Illustrators just prior to MoCCAFest. The theme that night was “Star Trek First Contact Day”

Next up, some sketches of model Amy Hope from this month’s Drink & Draw NYC.

Quick sketches (left to right): pen and markers; pencils; pencil

“Cat Glasses” – Pencil and markers

“Catwoman” – Markers, ink, and pencil on toned gray paper











MoCCA Fest “Speed Sketching” Photos

Here are photos of some of my MoCCA Festival “Speed Sketching” customers with their commissions.

20-minute sketch

10-minute sketch


40-minute sketch


Fun  commissions not pictured (because I forgot to ask customers for photos): “Portrait of a Young Boy Stomping Godzilla,” “Black Panther Jumping Over a Log,” and  “Wonder Woman Working at IT Desk” among others.

I was overall very pleased with how my “Speed Sketching” experiment worked out: it increased the total number of commissions requested; I was satisfied with the quality of sketches given the time allotted and my customers seemed happy as well; and it attracted attention/curiosity. The experience also gave me some good ideas for how to tweak and improve my technique and showmanship for next time.

MoCCA Fest interview on Comic News Insider (ep.840)

If you didn’t get a chance to stop by and chat with me about my comics during MoCCA Festival, here’s the next best thing: an interview recorded with podcaster Jimmy Aquino for his Comic News Insider – Episode 840 (follow the link for a free download or find it on iTunes)! This episode also includes Jimmy’s MoCCA Fest interviews with John Leguizamo (Ghetto Known), Robin Ha (Cook Korean!), and Alisa Harris (Cooking Up Comics).


“Penny-Per-Second” Speed Sketching at MoCCA Festival (Table G-242) This Weekend

MoCCA Arts Festival is this weekend (April 7-8 at Metropolitan West) and I will be trying out something new this year: “PENNY-PER-SECOND” SKETCHES for which customers can commission timed sketches via either (Option A) STOPWATCH Sketching in which payment is based on exactly how long it takes me to complete a given drawing -or- (Option B) COUNTDOWN Sketching to be completed within an agreed-upon maximum time… all at the bargain rate of just one-cent-per-second!

To provide a few examples for the math-averse, that works out to just $3.00 for a quick five-minute pencil or brushpen sketch (300 seconds), $6.00 for a ten-minute pencil or inked drawing (600 seconds) or $18.00 for a half-hour piece (possibly inkwash, watercolor, or  color marker).

Over the past few years of regular Sketch Night (e.g., Drink-n-Draw) life drawing sessions, I’ve gotten a lot of practice at speed sketching 2-minute, 5-minute, and 10-minute poses so – even thought this way works out to less than what I’d normally charge for similar commissions – I’m looking at it as a fun gimmick to challenge myself and, hopefully, get more commissions by turning it into a bit of a spectator event. To that end, I’ve already downloaded a nice game timer app to my iPhone which shows (up/down) running time in a big red digital display down to the tenths-of-seconds and even has optional air-horn buzzer at end of countdown.

If you’re interested in pre-ordering a timed commission to be picked up at MoCCA Fest, please contact me before midnight Friday to arrange details (e.g., character/theme and timing option). Incentive: since I’ll probably use pre-orders as my morning warmups, you may even wind up being able to choose from multiple iterations of your chosen theme by the time you come to retrieve your piece.

Come see me at table G242 this weekend

Betty Brash (as Susie Q) at The Way Station Artist’s Lounge

On Saturday afternoon, I went to the “Artist’s Lounge” (a monthly drink-and-draw hosted by The Way Station in Brooklyn) where burlesque performer Betty Brash modeled for us costumed as Susie Q (apparently a teenaged ghost from the eponymous Disney Channel movie).

Betty Brash as “Susie Q” – pencil, ink and wash

Dear Diary – pencil, pen, marker on toned tan paper