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Jay Carney

I’ve been sick with the flu for almost a week now.  Laid up in bed, sleeping, watching lots of House of Cards on Netflix (great show, by the way).  Anyway, it’s my first day back at work, and what do I do during lunch?  Yup… draw.

I saw this funny-face photo of Jay Carney online a couple weeks ago and saved it to my phone.  Today, while watching yet another episode of House of Cards, I thought I’d whip out my old business cards and start doodlin’.  And here’s what happened…

Jay Carney - Sharpie pen and watercolor on the back of an old business card during lunch.

Jay Carney – Sharpie pen and watercolor on the back of an old business card during lunch.


Einstein Cup – Round 2

Seems I’m recycling here, huh?  Hey!  I’m a green artist!  Yeeeeaaahhh… OK, maybe not.  But…

I spend a lot of time on the phone some days.  This morning is like that.  Finished my cup of Joe earlier… nothing else to do at the moment… so, hey, I’ll mess with the cup s’more.

Why do I draw Einstein?  He’s on my desktop background…


I don’t stray too far from my Moleskine these days.  I’ve got this CONSTANT urge to draw/paint/sketch/whatever, and I can’t see how that’s a bad thing.

So, like clockwork, lunch came and I went at it again, this time in the form of a cityscape of my hometown, Jacksonville, Florida.  (OK, full disclosure: I’m actually from San Jose, California, but moved to Jax when I was 6.)  Scrolling through photos I found on Google (speaking of Google… cool Keith Haring doodle today – Keith Haring's 54th birthday. Courtesy of the Keith Haring Foundation. Happy Birthday, Keith!), one photo caught my eye.  Here’s my version:

Jax, as seen from City Hall. Ink in the Moleskine sketchbook.

Maybe this afternoon I’ll have some color put to it.  Check back.


The View From My Desk

We’ve got a pretty big problem at work.  Not end-of-the-world big, but big as in this-kind-of-stuff-doesn’t-happen-’round-here-that-often big.  Anyway, as a result, I spent a good bit of my day on the phone at my desk.  Looking around, I figured, hey, what the heck, I should fiddle fart around in my sketchbook.  (Understand that usually I would just doodle on a napkin or something like that, so to actually think to doodle in my sketchbook is PROGRESS!)  Leaning back in my big ol’ comfy chair, I just started drawing what I saw.  I added the color after dinner last night, then inked it during my 30-minute lunch today.  And now… the view from my desk chair at work…

My desk at work. Watercolor & Ink in the Moleskine sketchbook.

Mishima Station Updated

This one took much longer than I thought it would.  Perspective is very technical work.  I much prefer the freedom of a brush and pencil, even a pen if I’m not trying to constrain myself.  It’s just a sketchbook entry, but I’m kind of pleased with the final outcome, and I don’t think I’ll be undertaking something like this on a larger scale.  I simply don’t have the patience for it.  Good thing I’m not an architect or designer, huh?

Here are the results after each of the 3-day lunch sessions, ending just moments ago.

Lots of converging lines into the horizon. End of lunch hour, day 1.

End of lunch, day 2.

The final. Well, maybe.

Random Stuff

Not very creative lately, but going through some old notebooks at work, I found a few things I thought might be interesting to look at later on:

Doodle during OSHA training

More OSHA doodling

Quick sketch of the conference phone sitting in the middle of the table during a meeting at work

Sketch of an idea I had to catch some wire trimmings that were messing up the floor (current on left, proposed on right)

There, that should do for a bit.  I’ll get back to doing more interesting things (I hope).  Meanwhile, you can see into my mind a bit.


Found Some Old Doodles

I have about five or six spiral-bound notebooks that I’ve held on to for a number of years now.  Every once in a while I’ll find myself in need of a notebook, and one of these five or six is always within arms reach.  They’re constant companions of mine when I go to meetings.  I’m NEVER in a meeting without one!

And this is why…  I’m usually BORED…TO…TEARS!  And when I’m bored, I doodle.  The longer the meeting, the more doodles there are, or the more complicated/intricate the doodle is.

Just the other day, I was in the car and in need of something to write on. I looked in the glove box and found a notebook from about three years ago.  The first three pages had doodles on them.  Here they are…

From a "Monday Morning Management Meeting" on Monday, December 8th, 2008. Obviously, nothing exciting happened in THAT meeting.

Also from the M.M.M.Meeting. Apparently this meeting lasted about the same time as the one the week before. 🙂

Same notebook, but I was waiting in the car for my wife while she had an appointment. After a while I got bored enough with the radio that I pulled out the notebook from the glove box and started sketching the building she was in. Not much later, out she came, so that was the end of the drawing session.

There ya go.  A snapshot into 10-day period of my life.  A lot’s changed since then… A LOT!, but isn’t it cool to look back every once in a while?

Here’s some other posts where I’ve been bored enough at work to doodle.