These are three drawings from a sketchbook titled "It's a Big City" that I started in 2002. I've been organizing hundreds of old drawings in preparation for a big move, and it's both fun and melancholy to revisit old memories.
My drawing of prima ballerina, Julie Kent has been posted at VanityFair.com with a wonderful article by Elise Taylor in honor of Kent's final performance and retirement from American Ballet Theatre tonight. The drawing features every ballet Kent danced during her long career at ABT. You can see the finished drawing and the piece here. Below are some process photos, including my pencil drawing which used Roy Round's iconic photograph as a reference. Once the pencil drawing was finished and placed on the lightbox, it was straight to ink with the list of her 100 ballets slowly being crossed of one by one until the work was done . . .
Here are my drawings from Symphony Space's Wall To Wall Johnny Cash Show last Saturday. I went the distance, doing live backdrops for each of the three sections, a set with Balthrop, Alabama and a few portraits along the way. It was a great day....
Out front of the Belasco Theater last night, after the final performance of John Cameron Mitchell’s run as Hedwig in the Broadway revival of Hedwig And The Angry Inch.
Inside the theater, an intimate party of invited guests enjoyed (more than a few) celebratory drinks together in the green room under the stage. But on the street outside, fans of Mitchell and Hedwig crowded together, singing the entire musical score (co-written by Mitchell and Stephen Trask) under the marquis. Some of them had managed to get tickets and had seen the performance, but the majority of them made the pilgrimage simply because being there and participating in a Hedwig sing-along means something important to them.
I left the party early and stood across the street, watching and listening to the crowd perform acappella the score, in order—including the fictional theme from Hurt Locker, The Musical which is an inside joke from the revival.
“What’s happening? “ a passer by asked a lady to my left who watched and sang alone from across the street. “John Cameron Mitchell is done with his run in the show,” she explained. The man nodded and replied, “so, he is leaving office?”
Soon after, the performer and writer Mike Albo (who co-wrote the fictional Hurt Locker’s program for the revival and is an old friend of Mitchell’s) walked by me on his way out of the downstairs party. I told him how the crowd had performed the entire score and he shook his head in wonder. He’s been on the Hedwig trip from the very beginning . “It’s amazing,” he said with some disbelief before heading off in to the night.
Later this week, Darren Criss begins his run in Hedwig And The Angry Inch which continues performances at the Belasco Theater.
Last Thursday, I got to join in again with Catie Lazarus's Employee Of The Month Show. Guests this month included Justin Sayre, Cindy Chupack, Betty Halbreich and Olympia Dukakis. Here's the live drawing from the night--skillfully rendered while avoiding the flying foils during a duel between Catie and Olympia Dukakis. Just one of the many hazards of the job, I guess . . .
BTW, The New York Times did a great profile on Catie abut a week ago. You can read it here.