“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

Dr. Sketchy’s “Bizarre”

Here are a few sketches from Dr. Sketchy’s this past weekend. This month’s “Bizarre” theme was a tribute to the “Sweet Gwendoline” fetish comics of artist John Willie. As you can probably guess from these drawings, I was seated “behind” the models (meaning they spent most of the session facing away from me)! I’ll have to remember to show up earlier next time so I can get a better seat.

Lulu Black – ink and wash

Lulu Black – ink and wash

“Black Canary” and “Mardi Gras” Sketch Nights

On Tuesday night, I went to Anyone Comics in Crown Heights (Brooklyn) to draw Cassie, a cosplayer who modeled for us as the DC Arroverse superhero Black Canary. On Thursday, it was a “Mardi Gras” themed Sketch Night at Society of Illustrators with burlesque performer Apathy Angel.

Cassie (Black Canary) – markers, ink, red pencil on toned tan paper.

Apathy Angel (Mardi Gras) – markers, pen and pencil on toned tan paper.

Apathy Angel (Mardi Gras) – markers, pen and pencil on toned tan paper.


Update: FanFaire 2018 (February 24-25)

UPDATE: I will be exhibiting BOTH DAYS of FanFaire 2018 held the weekend of February 24-25.

FanFaire is a “pop culture art festival” hosted by the High School of Art & Design (245 East 56th Street, NYC) on February 24-25 from 10am-6pm each day. Look for me in “Creator’s Drive” at the table registered to Allan Dorison.

I will be selling my comics, sketches and original production art as well as taking commissions for Cosplayer Portraits and Character Sketches.

“Boxing” Sketch Night at Society of Illustrators

A few of my favorite sketches from “Boxing” Sketch Night at The Society of Illustrators. The models (introduced to us as Sarah The Slammer and Greer The Greater) brought great energy and actual experience with boxing and kick-boxing to their poses.

“The Slammer” – Pencil

“The Greater” – Markers, pencil on toned tan paper

Undefeated – Ink with wash