Friday, April 30, 2010

Today is my birthday.

Drawn from the car at 1am in the morning chilling somewhere in White Plaines.

College at night.

Few minute sketch outside of Starbucks, while waiting.

Healthy appetite.

Fellini and Chuckie.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Back to the same house.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010


I experimented with new Pentel brush in plain Moleskine.  Paper is too thin to show gradation, but I still enjoyed the process. I got advice to soak  water brush in white vinegar may be it will remove clogging of ink or minerals. I wanted to show shadows from the sun here.

Inna and cat.

Really frustrating, I started with ink, and planned to add pen, but water brush died on me, so I had to use watercolor on the top of ink wash. Why this water brushes suddenly getting stiff and don't allow water pass from the barrel? Very painful to part with brush. I should redo the portrait the way I planned. I have another Pentel.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Interior. Painting flowers in pearl glazes.

I wanted to paint small flowers, almost look like embroidery, but decorator demanded big and pink, heavy.  I like eclectic, but here elements of decor felt like from different operas: blue on the bottom, green above the molding, like sky is below grass. Gentle round windows with silk and heavy black chandelier, rough stone chimney and mirrored night stands? Heavy blue in dome above and stupid strong yellowish moldings framing nothing. If you made a statement(frame) than you meant to say something (what is it you framing?) All elements are beautiful separately.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Drew on the bus.

Was my way to catch a breath, just look is not enough.


Page of my drawing journal. Drove, drew, dealt, listen to music, found few tracks I was looking for. Mashup.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Self portrait.

Sepia ink and brown Pilot Frixion pen in red Moleskine.

White Plaines Mall.

Interesting Fountain with running horses - focal point of the mall.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lunch, playing with Kuretake 13.

Few minutes lunch in rich house (nasty owner). I always liked this heavy kitchen lamp racks. The rest of the decoration - you can die laughing: nursery colors, topsy-turvy, lime green trim work,  suffocating strips of wallpaper, insane eclectic. Decorator is 75 years old. Only proves that money isn't everything, it only adds to what you have. I used Kuretake 13 brush pen and sepia ink.

On Campus.

Again, I didn't mind my daughter to take 10 min to come down to the car, because I sketched with ink this typical sunday morning  on campus.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Travel page.

Little mess of a day.

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Altered in Photoshop.

Original sketch.

Polish lady.

Chocolate Derwent pencil in Moleskine plain. Something special about this Derwent pencils, it seems to have such a huge range of tones.  My love for England keep growing.
Tried to color in PS.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fellini as a part of the process.

My Shin-Gansai watercolors and Fellini, checking paint box.

Rita's table.

Ink and Pitt pens in plain Moleskine.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Doctor's office.

While waiting, I sketched some of the people there using pitt pens and Chocolate pencil in plain Moleskine.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010


I never drew her. She looked like fat blue rabbit.  And today, when she died suddenly, our home felt silent and empty. She was the weirdest cat, not in a good contact with people. She gave birth to Liza. Many years ago out of guilt I took her name as my internet name, Nikita was taken, so I became Nikira. Acrylic ink in Moleskine sketch.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

White Plains.

View across from the mall. Ink in plain Moleskine.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Fellini Upstate.


Sometimes thoughts could be surRealistic.  Inktense pencils.

Amazing site.


Saturday, April 10, 2010

Fellini on my table.

Song, my father use to sing.


Scribbling on the run.

As usual so many things to do and no time to sketch, so I scribble everywhere I go, dragging my plain Molly with me,  so this one drawn in Brooklyn, JFK, White Planes, medical office and home.

Friday, April 9, 2010


I was tempted to use a fountain pen on the top for sharper details, but didn't. My old Shin-Gansai watercolor set, so dry that I had to revive it with harsh bristle brush.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Inna. My first page in WC Moleskine A4.

Shin-Gansai watercolor. I am so comfortable in bigger format, but the paper is pretty bad, every brush stroke sticks to it, so you don't have paddles like in watercolor. I should try  my old french pad with better paper.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Another brush in plain Moleskine.


I got this weird calligraphy brushes from Ebay, so trying to use it with revived Peat Brown ink, by drawing Cookie with her insane energy.

Page from my drawing diary.

To do list, my cats and other stuff.

Monday, April 5, 2010


Before 2001 I did a sign for JFK, and we where invited to the top of the tower and shown how planes are controlled. Here view from the Air Walk.

Sunday, April 4, 2010


I had appointment there, so did couple of quick sketches, finished at home. Derwent Artist Chocolate pencil in plain Moleskine.

Mural from couple of years ago.

Landscape. Acrylic.