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This is my tugboat drawn from memory. Tugboats are so peaceful, yet so powerful.

sketch: small tugboat

July 29, 2011

Seeing many kinds of tugboats outside the window, I can now draw one from memory.  Last time, I forgot the wheels.  Can’t forget the wheels.  They provide the bumper cushioning when pushing around massive cargo 100 times its size.

little new york

July 20, 2011

Featured on WNYC with other artists, I created a map of New York, indicating the locations of different ethnicities, including Puerto Rican, Thai, Greek, and more.

drawing: blue whale

January 7, 2011


In the ocean hall of the American Museum of Natural History, hangs a life-sized replica of the largest animal on Earth, the Blue Whale.

The is definitely the grandest still-life I had ever drawn. It was extra special to do because groups of school kids would pass behind me and comment. They were amused by my sketching of the enormous subject.

This is my first post of 2011. Happy New Year, everybody!

Here is an illustration of a classic bicycle with a basket. As a small modification, the basket of the model bike was originally made of metal, but I changed it to be wooden. Just to give it a softer Summer feel.

On the same subject of cycling, the car-free biking event, Summer Streets, is happening in New York City. It is three Saturdays in a row – August 7, 14 and 21. This recent weekend, I rode the path from Central Park down to the Brooklyn Bridge. It is a wonderful experience to ride in the middle of Manhattan without the chaos of taxis and auto traffic.

sketch: tugboat

July 1, 2010

During the day, I see a nice variety of tugboats from my office window. Each one with its own distinct character, color and shape. Some are grandiose, complete with watch towers and some are diminutive. But all of them have a common daily task – to push/pull massive barges on the East River. Observing these floating workhorses is a relaxing way to rest my eyes from staring at the computer all day. When I have a moment, I sketch this small tugboat which is taking a break and coasting down river.

Have a Happy 4th of July, everyone!

New York City replaces car lanes on broadway for bike lanes and benches. Click here for more.




New York City is becoming more bike friendly with events like Summer Streets, three Saturdays in August when the streets are car-free for bikers, rollerbladers and walkers. The route follows Park Avenue, beginning from 72nd Street and ending all the way downtown at the Brooklyn Bridge. For bikers, it feels like a dream to see the city absent of cars.



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