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Showing posts with label random. Show all posts

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Watercolor Set

NOT MUCH TO SAY HERE. Just a pretty scan of my travel watercolor set. I have been using these for over a decade (!) when I'm sketching onsite or when traveling. I have a large palette and tubes for my big projects. This set has literally gone across the country and around Europe with me. I got these paints from my high school teacher. You can see a couple of the colors have been replaced. Currently, I'm carrying a tube of yellow on the side. I'm not quite ready to retire these, yet.

Monday, February 11, 2013

"I Paint Flowers So They Will Not Die."

I SAW THIS QUOTE and thought it captured exactly how I felt when drawing from a model or from life in general. Thanks Frida for finding words I couldn't.

Friday, December 14, 2012

Join the Voices 5 Miler 12/2/12

SOMETIMES I FORGET this is blog is about art AND running. I haven't had any running related posts in a while. So, I thought I'd post I ran the NYRR's Join the Voices 5 Miler at the beginning of the month. It's been a while since I've run a race. It was nice to get back on the line, but I definitely felt a little rusty. I guess my lack of running posts is a reflection of my focus on art for the past year or so.

Also, I wanted to share these photos my friend Da Ping Lou took. While the photo's are lovely, I have to say I look awful in the second one. Eyes closed -- I guess I didn't want to faces the miles ahead!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Bringing My Sketchbook to the Gym!

Summer is almost here! Sunshine, flip flops, and the beaches are right around the corner. If you're like me, you're starting to look for that perfect bathing suit and sunglasses outfit. Also, you're starting to hit the gym a little more regularly than you do in those frigid months...

Here's a little project I did for fun. With a moleskine notebook and a workout from Men's Health, I made my own illustrated gym workout book! Personally, I'm looking to "Forge an Iron Chest" by the beginning of summer. Since it was just for fun (and I never intended to share it..) the illustrations, etc. are pretty simple. The pages on the left explain the exercise and I've saved the page on the right to keep track of my weight and reps. The whole thing turned out pretty nifty. So, I thought it would be fun to share. Can't wait to start using it next week. Just need to remember to LIFT while I'm there and and not DRAW....

Also, if anyone knows a good Buns of Steel workout, send it my way! ;)

*All exercises and references for the workout were taken from and copyright Menshealth.com.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The Advocate is the Best!

The folks at The Advocate Magazine are the best! In the mail, I just received a few copies of my issue, AND A POSTER OF MY COVER! Can you say, "Best Client Ever!" It's so cool of them to send me the poster. I was already planning on getting the issue framed. Now I have even more.

Made my day, guys. Big thumbs up. Thanks! :)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Running with Supermodel Veronica Webb (part II)


To follow-up on my previous post, I recently received a copy of the video of myself running with Veronica Webb! Apparently, it was showing on airplanes or something, as well as was shown on Bloomberg TV... This was to prepare for the 2010 NYC Half Marathon that Veronica and myself were running for Harlem United. As I suspected, everything I contributed was edited out of the video (which is more than fine with me), but my friend Kelsey got to say quite a bit! I did, though, create the design of the team t-shirt that everyone is wearing. Check it out!

As a sidenote, I've signed up for the NYC Half Marathon, again, in March of 2011. I think the half marathon is becoming my favorite distance...

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Letter from a Long Lost Lover...

Dear Blog,
Sorry, it has been so long since I have written you. I have been very busy and have much to share. I promise to keep in better touch. Hope you are doing well. I miss you.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Supermodel Veronica Webb

I just went on a four mile run with supermodel Veronica Webb in Central Park! I have such a random life! Honestly, I only knew vaguely of her beforehand, but now I'm so impressed. Not only does she have an uber-impressive career as a model(the first black supermodel to receive an exclusive contract from a major cosmetics company!), writer and actress, but she's such a beautiful (I'm talking on the inside here) person.

Why did I run four miles in the park with a supermodel, you may ask. I say, why would I turn down the opportunity?? Turns out Veronica is also running for the Harlem United Community AIDS Center's Team Apollo in the New York City Half-Marathon this Sunday. She came out to run with me (well, actually Kelsey, our coach) to discuss running tips for the race, running in NYC in general, and to give a little pep-talk to our team as we prepare for the big race. As assistant coach of the team, I just got to tag along and add my two cents into the conversation. Honestly, everything I said will probably be edited out, as I can't put two word together on camera.

That's right, I said on camera! She brought her film crew out with her. She's cooking something up for t.v.! So in the (hopefully) near future I will be on t.v. running with Veronica and Kelsey!

Aside from starstruckness of it all, the four miles (inner loop, 72nd to 102nd) we ran were really nice. The weather was an amazing 60 degrees, the park was friendly and the conversation was fun. We went a nice easy pace as we're all tapering for the half on Sunday and also so the camera crew could keep up in the bike drawn carriage. It was especially entertaining as we went up hills and the cameras struggled to keep up.

All-in-all, it reminds me what I love so much about running. I'm talking about the friendship and adventures it brings. I've said it before that I love running because I love the people I run with. If it wasn't for great friends and running, I wouldn't find myself in such goofy/fun situations.

Anyway, if you don't know about Veronica Webb, I suggest you look her up. She's beautiful!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Brooklyn, the Beautiful...

Oh Beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountains; majesty, above the fruited plain...

I've been working from home a lot lately and it gets pretty boring. Imagine not having to take the subway for work, to pack or go out for lunch, having any coworkers to gossip with or about and with everything you need in reach of your desk (including a bed...).

It's a bit lonely and I get stir crazy. So occasionally I'll take a break from work and make a point to get out of my apartment. I take a walk around the block, go for a run, do my laundry and sometimes just climb up to my roof.

Yesterday I took a trip to the roof and was greeted by this amazing sky. I'm actually working on a piece right now that is all about a beautiful sky so I was so happy to find such great reference right before me. Not wanting to risk missing the moment by running to grab my camera, I just took this shot with my camera phone. (God bless technology.)

It's a mix of the Brooklyn and Manhattan skyline with the Williamsburg Bridge right in the center. My favorite part by far though are those tremendous clouds.

Check back in a month or so to see the piece I'm working on...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Running Pants Incorporated

The other day I was inspired to make something just for fun. Do you remember the last time you just gave in, put down your work and just did something that you knew you would enjoy even though it would probably go nowhere? That's the mood I'm talking about.

I created this little logo a few months ago while I was working on finishing my grad thesis. I actually threw him aside with the dozen and dozens of other "failed" logos I had sketched. Later, flipping through my sketchbook I found him and saw in him something I'd missed initially. He was exactly what I was looking for... He was fun. He was pure energy. He was running!

Well, I haphazardly cleaned him up and threw him around a few places as I was rushing to finish my thesis, but didn't really spend any quality time with him. The other day I discovered him again and decided he needed a real home where he could run free to his heart's content. Here at Running Pants Inc., he's free to run all he wants. And run he does! Just look at him go! Whilst running he thinks and dreams of running and poetry. Visit him everyday for a new haiku. He has thought of many and wants to share them. He also wants to share the haikus his friends have written. Won't you share a running haiku with him?

Haikus have three lines that go 5 - 7 - 5 syllables. Haikus can be about anything running- victories, trails, sneakers, short shorts, and even blisters. Here's an example for you.

A wind in my hair,
a wild furnace in my heart,
pebble in my shoe.

Let your creative juices flow! Think about it on your next run! Just relax for a minute and have fun! You can leave your submissions as comments or email them directly to me. We can't wait to hear them!

In the meantime, watch Running Pants Inc. slowly grow. Into what? you may ask. You'll just have to wait and see. I've already order tattoos of our little friend (let me know if you want one). In the future we're hoping for t-shirts, arm-warmers, bling and of course running pants! (Also, let me know if you're interested in some of these...) Remember friends; IT'S A MARATHON, not a sprint. Patience is rewarded.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tweet Tweet

I'm on Twitter! (Actually, I have been for a few months now...) If you can't get enough John MacConnell (and who can?), you can follow me on a day by day basis! Come check out my Twitter page and subscribe to find out updates on my art, running, and random thoughts. More John MacConnell than you ever thought possible!!!!

If you've haven't heard of twitter or have thought tweets are for twits and have been ignoring it, it's a really cool site. Although I to post a thing or two a day, I mostly use it to follow my favorite artists, news organizations, and friends. Everyone keeps me up to date on the latest in arting and running trends.

You can see on my page who I am following, but some of my favorites are Runners World, Running Guru Mike Young, PhD, illustrator Luc Latulippe, and designer Ben Kutil.

Check it out!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Yuko Shimizu(Red)

Okay, that title doesn't really work. But WOW was I surprised to walk into the Gap and find Yuko Shimizu's artwork on their t-shirts. Not only on shirts, but part of the Project (RED) campaign to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in Africa. First of all, I'm really happy to see illustrators and designers being so involved in such a global epidemic, and also, just congrats to Yuko for contributing.

It's not just Yuko, though. Other illustrators and designers have their work on the (RED) shirts including illustrator/designer Mike Perry, illustrator Steve Wilson, artist Jess Rotter, graphic artist Supermundane (Rob Lowe), illustrator/designer Si Scott and illustrator Hiroshi Tanabe. You can check out many (but unfortunately not all) of the shirts here and purchase them here (or at your local Gap retail store).

This is just another example of why I want to steal Yuko's career. In high school I used to work at the Gap. Maybe I can call them up and see if I can pull some strings to be in the next run of shirts. Don't hold your breath...

and PS, please forgive the poor camera phone photo...

Monday, November 17, 2008

It Runs in the Family

15: Kristen from Caleb Custer on Vimeo.
I happen to not be the only artist, or athlete (as this seem to border both), in the family. My cousin Kristen Weiser is also an fantastically talented artist. She is dances for Cedar Lake Dance a contemporary ballet studio, here in New York. She was recently featured in a video by project52, a collaboration with Cedar Lake to highlight the dancers' intersections of life and dance.

I am especially proud and excited to introduce my cousin because she is one of the reasons I am an artist today. Her drive and willingness to dream has given me the confidence to pursue my own goals. If she hadn't been willing to take the hard, and certainly painful, road to become a "rockstar" in the dance world, I don't know if I would have been willing to take such a leap into the art world as well.

If you're interested in seeing more of Kristen and Cedar Lake, and I highly recommend it, their next performances are January 8-18th. They are located at 547 West 26th St, New York, NY 10001.

Friday, September 26, 2008

When I Grow Up, I Wanna be Famous...

I've been doing a lot of drawing lately. I've recently was given a really nice brush pen and it has inspired me to get into my sketchbook more often. It is taking a little to get used to, but I think I'm starting to see some really nice results.

Today I'm bringing you something else. As you may have noticed, these are not done with a brush pen. These are done by an 9(?) year old. These are from a sketchbook of mine from elementary school. I can't take responsibility for the compositions. They've been lifted straight from a pack of Fleer Ultra cards. I recently found this sketchbook and thought it best to share it with the world because of their great significance to me. This is how I got into art. These are the first drawings that I did and really cared about. I've got a ton of these. I'll probably post another few later. Let me know if you like them. Maybe I'll publish the whole book.

And oh yeah, I'll post some of those brush pen drawings soon, too.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Random Works on Paper

A lot of things have been going on, lately. I began my final year of grad school in SVA's MFA in Illustration as Visual Essay two weeks ago. Later there will be a post outlining the thesis that will be dominating my life for the months to come. Also, I been working on building a website for a lighting designer that work on television, fashion, and documentary shows, and also on other events and opening. On top of that, this weekend I ran a race called Reach the Beach in New Hampshire. It was a 208 mile relay, beginning in the mountains and ending at the Atlantic Ocean. It was really a beautiful run. An my team managed to take home a third over all finish (out of 355), second in our division.
These are just some random sketches that have happened over these past few weeks, some related to those events, others, not. Once the website is complete I'll post the link for everyone to check out.

Monday, August 25, 2008


The time has come! Tomorrow night is my debut as a television star. Be sure to tune in tomorrow night to the History Channel series, EVOLVE. The episode is on Skin and yours truly will be featured. This is what they have to say about the Episode,

"It makes up 16% of your body weight, is the largest organ in the human body, allows birds to fly, mammals to nurse their young, and provides a lifelong defense against predators and parasites alike. What is it? Skin. From the delicate membranes that encased the earliest animals to the leathery hides that protected the dinosaurs, this episode looks at how skin has changed and adapted to virtually any challenge it has faced throughout history."

So watch me sweat and learn something new. The show is airing at the following times:

Tuesday, August 26 @ 10pm
Wednesday, August 27 @ 2am
Sunday, August 31 @ 11pm
Monday, September 1 @ 3am
Saturday, Septmber 13 @ 2pm

Honestly, I haven't seen it yet, and I could be horribly embarrassed. So, tune in, and let me know what you think!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Oh Deer!

This is also from the beach. Let's just say I have plenty of reference photos should any deer projects come up.

Sunday, July 27, 2008


I've been thinking about getting a bicycle. It would be a lot more efficient to get around the city. Also I wouldn't mind getting into bike races. Soon, I might have to change the name of this to "IT'S A TRIATHLON."