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The Portrait Project Continues
January 18, 2015, 3:41 pm

I have now completed three paintings for the #PortraitProject.

The first two portraits I painted, for this year long project, were my friends. This latest portrait was of a complete stranger. A person I had never met before, agreed to sit in front of me and let me doodle them. I've heard some people pay double for that.

We met on Friday, to size each other up, and we decided it would all go down at a wonderful little place called Ashley's Cafe. I'd highly recommend it. It's run by a group of little Korean ladies, and I devoured a whole meatball sandwich there. Honestly, one of the coolest parts of this whole project will surely be getting to go to new places around San Francisco and Oakland, and trying out all the food stuffs.

Working from an outside lit public cafe could've been a disaster for many reasons, but it all turned out a lot better than expected. The light stayed true, for the most part, and I managed to riggle this out in about 2 hours.

There are still plenty of spots left in the year, so if you're in the bay area, or will be later in the year, you should totally sign up for a portrait. I'm still posting lots and lots of sketches on Instagram, so you should definitely hang out over there, if you're interested in my BART sketches or getting your selfie sketched maybe.

Santa Con 2014
December 9, 2014, 3:04 pm

This weekend will be Santa Con in San Francisco. Thousands of folks dressed up in holiday attire will descend upon downtown and join in a bit of festive merry making. Men will be dressed as Santas, and ladies will be dressed as sexy Santas, and probably some guy will be naked Santa, and also there will probably be a racist Santa, and I'm sure some lady will be a sexy elf, and a sexy reindeer, and a sexy present, and a sexy christmas tree. It's basically just like Halloween, except christmas themed and aimed at adults. The point is, there will be an equal opportunity for all kinds of Santas to show up and have fun.

And then they will disperse. They will head north like a flock of birds, but instead of searching out warmer climates, they will seek drunker locales. For many the drinking never stopped.

I have participated in three Santa Cons now, and it is a blast every time. But I don't think I've ever made it past the Condor. Apparently there are rousing good parties all up and down North Beach, but I've never seen them. Maybe this time, I will finally see what lies beyond the open windows of the little bar by day, strip club by night, but for me, it's the place in the middle to hole up and have fun.

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