My name is Donald, am a comic book artist. My mother and I first moved to New York City when I was 10 and being the loner that I usually am, hanging out with other kids was never really my forte. So I would spend most of my days in Central Park just lying around and soaking in the sun and drawing trees, flowers and other things. I loved and still love that park. One of my cousins lived in New York City and owned a comic book store and since my mother couldn’t afford a babysitter I would often get shipped off to the store every now and then. I must admit he was a bit weird (which is probably why I still like him till today) but when he had a pencil and paper in hand he would draw the most interesting, fascinating and beautiful things I’d ever seen.
One day I got enough guts and asked him to teach me how to draw in that way. Soon enough I was spending my days and nights drawing anything my eyes could master or using my imaginations of things, buildings and people. The New York neighborhood I grew up in had lots of modular homes so I would draw most of the buildings at an overhead angle. My favorite time to draw the neighborhood was during the night when everything was quiet and there was a warm glow of light emanating from the homes’ porches. It’s still one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever drawn.
After a while my cousin, Dan, would take me on what he liked to call “draw-hunts”, they were like treasure hunts only the treasure would be a beautiful landscape of buildings which we would get to draw, compare each other’s drawings and then pick a winner. The Big Apple has no shortage of modular buildings with the city being dubbed the architectural hub of America. Most of my knowledge of New York comes from these treasure hunts, where I would draw anything down from the subway to the top of the Empire State Building and from the gutter to the upscale neighborhoods of the city.
Another spectacular spot I like to draw is the view of the East River from the Brooklyn Bridge Park. There is this particular spot in the park that is just the perfect angle where you can see the river meet the city’s buildings, at sunset the park offers a magnificent view of the city’s buildings.
Although I am passionate about drawing comics, I’m also passionate about drawing modular homes and buildings. Modular buildings have a simple but elegant nature about them which makes drawing them an easy and fun process that is fulfilling. Creating timeless unique pieces that are both beautiful and elegant by the simple stroke of a pen is what I live for.
Drawing has always been my passion and so long as New York continues to exists there will always be that thirst and passion in me that allows me to explore the city through my pen and paper.