warm up, NYC!

Posted on Friday 9 March 2007

It is still freezing in NY.
Hope it warms up soon. My baseball team is starting the spring training this weekend but I don’t know if it’s warm enough…
I also wanna go out and paint in my harlem hood. There are lots of beautiful spots..
And just walk around the central park and think about nothing..
It needs to be a tad warmer for me to do all my favorite things!

anyhow, here is my random sketch of the week from a bar I went last week. I wish I can paint in the bar because bar scenes have such a great lighting set up. But it’s usually too dark and crowded to open up my oil paint easel.

I was inspired by this guys workblog de pierre check out his drawings from paris bars!!

18 Comments for 'warm up, NYC!'

    March 9, 2007 | 2:26 pm

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    March 9, 2007 | 2:48 pm

    I don’t know if you remember me Dice, but I’m the black kid that was at MOCCA last year and then at the Society of Illustrators and bought the OOP book. Man, your sketches are always great. One day, I would like to chill with ya and see you sketch or paint. Also, my cousin Peter is a trumpet player for the Spanish Harlem Orchestra. You and I need to hit up a jazz club when they play, haha. Peace.


    March 9, 2007 | 9:56 pm

    damn, Dice…i love that composition on the right..i sure miss sketching at a bar. i’ll definitlly try to make a habit of it when i go home. (you’re right tho…it’s awefully dark sometimes in there!)

    March 10, 2007 | 10:08 am

    Hey Dice, fantastic sketches, the one on the right has such a great atmosphere and composition! And thanks for sharing the link to Pierre’s blog, very inspiring stuff!

    March 10, 2007 | 11:26 am

    I had a quite poetic stroke while visiting your page

    March 12, 2007 | 11:57 am

    beautiful work, dice…as always…and the second one is so beautifully composed and rendered…

    March 12, 2007 | 12:48 pm

    Veeery nice sketches, Dice. I agree, the one on the right is gorgeous. Intersecting shapes going horizontal and vertical, the silhouette of the bartender, and and the mood is great. makes me want to flip the page to see what’s next. you should try and do a memory painting of the bar. it would be interesting to see what you come up with. i’m sure it would be masterful. 🙂

    Nathalia Murray
    March 12, 2007 | 1:40 pm

    Hey dice, how about his for an idea to “paint” in a bar. try one of those thick Oil pastels and once home use a thinner to blend and finish. It can be a bit more compact and still might be able to get what you want across. Then again if you prethink the whole thing, you can always show up wiht a small black gesso’d canvas to start you off with. I’m right now working like that with black paper and soft pastels to really concetrate on the color and not so much the form.

    Just an idea,

    Nathalia M. (PS you met me at sketchcrawl and again at the book launch. Love the sketch by the way!)

    March 13, 2007 | 11:06 pm

    thanks you! I don’t know if I can pinpoint your face but I do love your work on your blog!
    And I don’t know if you knew but Spanish Harlem Orchestra is one of my favorites!! It’d be great to go sketch them!(though I’m sure they’ll make me wanna dance salsa too!)

    JC—we should go when you come out here in April!

    Andy–thank you

    I don’t know where I saw your work but I have seen them and I love them. your watercolor is quite beautiful

    Anand–Thank you!

    Yes, you are right! I gotta try painting. Maybe I’ll do out of my memory for my next blog entry

    That’s a great idea. Oil Pastel is something I haven’t tried much. I have used soft pastels. The problem with painting at the bar is mostly the darkness… But i have to try right?
    Hope to see you in the next sketchcrawl!

    March 14, 2007 | 11:06 am

    Thanks you Dice for putting my blog in link.
    Je suis trés honoré et surpris de ça !
    Et comme tu dit, je trouve également que la lumière des bars est un sujet trés interessant à étudier.
    J’aime aussi la façon dont tu traites le volume et la lumière dans tes illustrations (et la matière aussi).
    Il faudra que j’essai de travailler dans ce sens (pour moi-même).

    A bientôt,


    March 15, 2007 | 12:25 am

    Check your email Dice.

    roland mechael
    March 16, 2007 | 1:31 pm

    wonderful sketches dice! you’ve really captured the mood and bar atmosphere!
    cheers! 😉

    March 16, 2007 | 6:01 pm

    Dice kun ~! genki ? 🙂
    Awesome sketches ~!

    March 16, 2007 | 6:02 pm

    Daikun genki ~!?
    awesome sketches 🙂

    March 17, 2007 | 8:47 am

    thanks for coming back to my blog! Yes. I love your bar sketches. Do you use brush pens to block out the darks? anyhow, my french is pretty rusty so I used Mac translator.. 🙂
    ———-I am trés honoured and surprised of that! And like you says, I also find that the light of the bars is a subject trés interessant to study. I like also the way in which you treats volume and the light in————– is this any close?

    got your message. thanks for the offer. hopefully next time!

    thanks man! Are you guys getting busy down in florida?

    hey~~!! Genki desu yo~~!
    how are you doing? I missed you last time I was in SF! Hope all is well!

    March 18, 2007 | 2:44 pm

    No doubt man. I’ll keep you posted on future shows, etc.

    March 20, 2007 | 3:08 pm

    busy?, not really..hey , you should come down here in sunny orlando and paint! i’d be honored to give you a tour ! 😉

    March 23, 2007 | 9:30 pm

    Hello Dice,
    Yes I use the Pentel pen to block out the darks.
    And i just said that I was looking for make the volume as you do. It’s the difference in just drawing end painting. Very hard ! i am discovering that…


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