Lunch Lines

This abandoned building, in the upscale West End neighborhood here in Washington, DC, is surrounded by the trappings of gentrification; shiny new buildings with trendy restaurants, hip stores, and luxury apartments. Soon enough, this building will fall to the wrecking ball, and a generic gentrification building, with a pretty facade and empty soul, will take its place. Decrepit as it may be, it still has plenty of beautiful visual character, and that’s why I chose to sketch it little-by-little during my lunch breaks over the span of seven days. The last day’s sketching was done huddled under an umbrella as the rains fell, the sense of urgency apparent as I wasn’t sure when this building would soon fall as well.

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Retro Sketch

Happy New Year! Hope everybody celebrated well and didn’t suffer too much of a hangover on January 1st. This year, I hope all of you get to tear through plenty of sketchbooks, canvases, illustration boards, pixels, bitmaps, or whatever you create on, and have fun along the way.

Here’s a drawing I did back in 2008. If you are familiar with Jewish practice, preferably of the orthodox persuasion, then you’ll get this drawing. If not, then what you’re looking at is a stylized take on the act and art of tefillot (Hebrew for “prayer”), along with the tools of the trade: the kippa, talit, and tefillin.

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