These are pages from my most recently finished sketchbook. I started it the day before Hurricane Sandy and I finished it in June. It was my slowest turn over I’ve ever had sketchbook wise. It has never taken me three whole seasons to finish a sketchbook. I’m trying to get back down to one every two seasons. However, my sketchbooks have never made me feel so complete as they do now. I guess my sketchbook is a journal now even if there is a difference.
The second image is the second page from that sketchbook. It was the day that Hurricane Sandy hit Brooklyn and I was working through the storm at the West cafe while I still worked there. People prepared for it like it was an early New Years eve. Buying pounds of designer coffee, bottles of whiskey and chips.
Brooklyn sucks sometimes.
I wish it was the illustration age again. Not because I think illustration has gotten worse with the advent and revolution of technology (computer or more advanced technical devices) but because I never got the chance to visually experience a world that was almost exclusively created by hand visually. No computer designed billboards or signs, magazine layouts or covers, movie posters, theater posters, instructional guides, books, bibles, labels, newspapers, even more stuff I can’t wrap my head around.