Friday, June 24, 2011

the bat jog.

I wanted to share with you guys, my Bat-paint-Utility belt.
One of the things that I really enjoy these days is taking the time out to do some jogging around NYC. It a great day to clear the head and get the body ready for the long day sitting on the drawing board. Every once in a while I look around and think "that would make a great little painting.. or I wish I could remember that light." For a while I tried to carry a digital camera with me, but I just didn't like the feel of it.
So I got this fanny pack.. I know.. I know..

I got this fanny pack and decided let me see if I can get a little studio that I can take with me. I made a little folio of good quality 2 ply brystol that I cut down to a nice five and a half inches.. small tubes of gouache: black, white, three primaries. Two small brushes, a empty lightweight bottle of india ink, that I can fill with water from the public rest room, or the water fountains. Two small paper towels. Two small plastic tops to hold water in. Disposable palette paper, cut into small strips and folded into the folio.
So armed with this, I can go out for my run with very low weight and then be able to sketch whatever catches my fancy. Sometimes it would be a cloud, a brush, or maybe nothing at all. I been keeping a journal of my running and it might be a good way to add some illustrations to it.
Have a great weekend everybody.


  1. Lovely work!

    Are you aware of Sketchcrawl? Fantastic location drawings AND photos of awesome drawing utility belts. Check the one towards the bottom

  2. Hey Mike,
    Never seen that belt, looks like a blast! Now that my friend is a utility art belt!
    I have one of those ArtBin backpacks that can carry a nice ton of stuff, but is really to much to take jogging. I was not aware of Sketchcrawl I will certainly look into it, from the quick view I gave it the drawings are really nice and have a lot of fun to them. Thanks so much for the great link.

  3. Wonderful. I love these paintings. Big fan, would love to see more of these. You're awesome.

  4. I'm sold, "Utility belt" it is! Goodbye fanny pack hello UTILITY BELT!!
    Thanks Frank, love your work!