EMPIRE STATE BUILDING - NEW YORK CITY

The view from the Flemish Consulate is truly spectacular. I had a meeting here last month and asked them if I could come back with my sketchbook. They laughed, 'Sure.'

So I did...

FLAT IRON AND TRESS SERIES - NEW YORK CITY

In between the writing, the networking and the working, I returned to Madison Square Park in order to capture the beauty of the Flat Iron Building, as it stands majestically behind the autumn tress.

FLAT IRON AND TREES SERIES - NEW YORK CITY

In between the writing, the networking and the working, I returned to Madison Square Park in order to capture the beauty of the Flat Iron Building, as it stands majestically behind the autumn tress.

FLAT IRON AND TREES SERIES - NEW YORK CITY

In between the writing, the networking and the working, I returned to Madison Square Park in order to capture the beauty of the Flat Iron Building, as it stands majestically behind the autumn tress.

BROADWAY - NEW YORK CITY

Another sketch from Broadway. This one is the Uptown view from Madison Square Park.

BROADWAY - NEW YORK CITY

After meeting with New York City's New Chambers Ballet and watching one of their rehearsals, I enjoyed the rest of the evening making my way down Broadway.

SUNSET OVER MANHATTAN - NEW YORK CITY

After another series of meetings Uptown I biked my way down through Manhattan. Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge I stopped to enjoy the sunset.

With the sun disappearing behind the skyline, the light faded quickly and the necessity to work fast yielded some artistically interesting results.

HILLARY ACCEPTS AND I DO LAUNDRY - BROOKLYN, USA

After another week in heatwave struck New York, it's time for laundry. Again.

As I'm waiting for my machine to finish, the Democratic Convention is being televised. As my clothes are drying history unfolds as Hillary becomes the first woman ever to accept a Presidential nomination.

I guess we're both having a pretty productive day...

HOMERO STREET - MEXICO CITY

Breakfast with one of my dearest friends, Lorenna.

This electricity pole, the wires, the plants and the way the early morning sun hits it, catches my eye.

Time to experiment a little bit with my markers.

"WE ARE IN A WAR" - TORONTO AIRPORT

Toronto airport reacts to the news of the Nice terrorist attack.

What is wrong with people... I am at a loss for words as I hear about the 84 that were killed.

NEW YORK TO TORONTO

After about 10 hours of waiting at the airport, having seen two prior flight getting cancelled and with no possibility of catching my connecting flight to Mexico, I finally set off for Toronto.

On the plane's multimedia system I learn about how someone I met over a sketch, has become the CEO of a mayor internet company...

WAITING OUT THE THUNDERSTORM - LA GUARDIA AIRPORT

A massive thunderstorm passed over La Guardia Airport.

I had to fly to Toronto, to catch my connecting flight to Mexico City.

Little did I know that with this drawing I captured, in a few lines, the beginning of 36 hours of true travel hell...

I would arrive in Mexico City. Eventually. My luggage however...

NYC SUNSET - NEW YORK CITY, USA

Today I did some editing of an article I'm working on, at my friend Tanya's place. She has the most incredible view of Manhattan. So as the sun started to go down I rushed to the balcony to quickly commit the fading outlines of Midtown to paper.

SYLVIA'S SOUL FOOD, HARLEM - NEW YORK CITY, USA

After another meeting with a Muslim representative in Harlem I was meeting my friend Di in this wonderful diner. Sylvia's Soul Food on Malcolm X Blvrd. Coconut shrimp, fried chicken and corn bread... Needless to say, I didn't move much for the rest of the day.

AFTERNOON SUN ON FLAT IRON BUILDING - NEW YORK CITY, USA

After another photography session in Harlem for my project on Muslims in New York City I was biking back home - down Broadway to get across the Brooklyn bridge. When I crossed onto 24th street the intense sunlight that hit the side of the Flat Iron Building almost stopped me dead in my tracks. The direct sunlight seemed to bleach out half of the building.

I cancelled my lunch. Sat down. Drew.

This is probably the hardest building to try and capture in ink. It's like Burnham and Dinkelberg, the building's architects, said to themselves, 'Let's see anyone try drawing this mother...'.

 

ABANDONED BABY STROLLER IN PELL STR - NEW YORK CITY, USA

Today, my good friend and incredible artist Robert (check out his work: www.robertaitchison.com) decided to go for some sketch time in Chinatown. We stumbled upon this abandoned baby stroller. The way the shadows created by the high noon sun played with the graffiti tags and the texture of the wall made for an interesting session. I think the baby stroller, although initially catching my eye, became the least important factor in this little study of light, shadow and texture.

Some guy stopped and asked if we needed some money or food. Probably a tourist...

MANHATTAN BRIDGE - NEW YORK CITY, USA

Number three... Today has proven to be quite the sketchbook-oriented day. I'm very pleased with this one. For some reason the lines of the FDR Drive, the two Bridges and Lower Manhattan drew my attention. And as the sun was setting and people jogged passed, the rhythmic chorus of cars passing overhead swayed my pen onto the paper.

A real New York moment as countless people shouted out compliments with that innate "I like what you're doing and I'll share my appreciating, but I ain't stopping for it" coolness that defines most New Yorkers.

One person did stop, however, sparking a wonderful chance encounter...