Here we have the 2nd drawing in my short series for the show, Four Courses With JB Smoove.
Since the show takes place in New York this piece is meant as a play on the Statue of Liberty. JB himself is playing as stand-in for the grand ole' lady - the menu in place of the tablet she holds and the glass of wine as a substitute torch. This is why that classic pale green was chosen for the ink wash - to match the patination that's occurred to the copper hanging over the statues' frame.
I also wanted the New York skyline resting in the background, but it needed to be recognizable as the Big Apple so we included the Empire State Building and Chrysler building.
Quick Side Story: A number of years ago I worked in NY as a temp. I worked here and there and moved from place to place, as temps do. Then one day I realized I'd been working in the Chrysler building for about a week. I guess I'd become acclimated to the city since I never took the time to look up when walking on the street. I had no idea. New York. Funny place.
Hope you enjoy. I'll have the drawing numero tres posted next week.
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Douglas E. Draper Jr. is an award-winning artist working out of Philadelphia. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute, College of Art and his work has been exhibited throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Annapolis, Baltimore and various other cities and galleries. His fine art and illustrative work can be seen from such publishers as Moonstone Books, Top Shelf, Desperado, IDW, and many others.
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