I just got all five seasons of the Wire, around christmas for like 50 bucks.
I’m trying to learn the art of the caricature, and these are characters I sort of love. So heres my labor of love.
RIP to Prop Joe
The time I allowed to share with my father was One year, Seven months and four days.
He got to hear my first words, see my first steps… and change my diapers.
He’d already seen these small miracles three times before me.
At the time of his passing, my mother was coming due with another bundle of joy and he was looking to see it all again a fifth time.
The laughter, the tears, feedings, which lead to vomit occasionally, and always more diapers.
My mother tells me they wanted TEN KIDS, I couldn’t imagine having nine siblings,
But I can only imagine a life where I would be allowed more father time.
Memories of my father aren’t really memories of my own-
But retellings of the things he did, the things he said and the things he allowed.
I was still an infant when I had to face life without him but I’m sure I smile his reflection
I’m sure I speak as he spoke, only with New York regional slang as opposed to a DC metro twang
My father’s passing made him loom larger than most fathers; my mother said he was a martyr
Said he was in paradise with Allah looking down on us
Said don’t do such and such, you wouldn’t want to disappoint your father
I don’t mean to blaspheme but in my mind, my father stood shoulder to shoulder with God
Watching my deeds on earth from a cloud high in the heavens
He and the Angels would casually chat up my playground antics.
He’d talk to the Prophets about how well I recited the fatiha, how straight I stood in prayer.
When he saw trouble coming my way he’d lend me strength
Or yell at the devil in the fire of hell to get him his ages of off my back,
But as I got closer to his age
When I went to prom, I compared myself to his photograph of him at his prom
Was I taller? Was I as strong? Did I have more style?
Was I as smart?
Do I measure up to a man I can’t remember?
Do I measure up to a Legend?
He was like Paul Bunyon, Jesus, Malcolm, Hercules, and Bruce Lee.
I never got to see his faults, I only knew him in his glory,
He was a Black Belt in Karate, He a soldier in the Army.
He was a father, He was a husband,
He was an Imam, leader of Muslim Community in the nation’s capital.
To All his siblings he was a favorite brother, always ready with a joke.
To my mother he was ideal man.
But when I visit his resting place, I can only find his grave because he’s two headstones down from my aunt.
This is the Father Time I’m allowed now.
The short time we shared was valuable; any time you have to share with your father is just as precious.
Let him know that it is.
I’m a frequent volunteer at MoCCA, the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art, located in the SOHO neighborhood of New York City. It’s a nice place to look at some original artwork from some of the greats in the Comic Book and Animation fields. The museum helps legitimize the art forms and gives enthusiasts a more high brow place to gather than the local comic book shop. I also attend the Big City Dare2Draw pretty regularly too, The Dare2Draw is interesting in that comic book artists gather to sketch models in action poses, and network. There is usually an informative panel discussion as well, with professionals giving their insight on the industry. Last night I participated in both events at the same time and it was pretty fantastic.
The Dare2Draw was held at MoCCA and I was there as a volunteer, setting up, moving walls and museum fixtures and more interestingly handling original artwork from Bob Kane the creator of Batman, Neal Adams one of the most brilliant artists in the industry, and the work of other artists that have been instrumental in the telling of Batman’s story since 1939. The pieces were delicately handled as the gallery space was moved so we could make room for all the artists to get a good view of the models.
The guests didn’t get to see the back breaking set-up, but here’s the view they did get.
The Museum got pretty full and it was just about time to get some figure drawing in. But before that Dare2Draw host, TJ Glenn, The Urban Swashbuckler, welcomed the artists to the event and made some announcements about future events and introduced the panelists and other special guests, including famed DC Comics artist, Kyle Baker. Baker, the seated gentleman taking off his jacket, is known for his work on the all ages Plastic Man series, and his gritty Hawkman segment in Wednesday Comics.
When the models arrived I stopped taking photos and started sketching. The figure drawing exercise is broken down into 3 secgments, the first is a series of ten poses with a two-minute duration, followed by four 5-minute poses and concluding with two 10-minute poses. I’m not showing all of the sketches, but here are a few of mine.
All in all it was a good time, even with the heavy lifting that followed the event. We had to move the walls back into place and store some dusty metal planks. But, you know when you can’t be philanthropical with money, do it with time and muscles. The next Dare2Draw is March 28. 2012 held at Different Directions at 417 West 57th St. MoCCA’s gallery hours are 12:00Pm until 5:00PM, Tuesday through Sunday. The MoCCA Art Festival is takes place April 28-29 at the 69th Regiment Armory, 68 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY.
Check their websites for upcoming events.