Tommy Kane is a New York-based illustrator and ad agency creative director who travels extensively, and draws on location wherever he goes. His work has been profiled in a number of books, and he recently published An Excuse to Draw, his first full-length book featuring a collection of his drawings. I ran across Tommy’s work almost exactly two years ago, when I saw this drawing of the Red Hook Yacht Club on the Urban Sketchers website, and I have followed his blog ever since. Tommy is a talented artist, and if you are interested in drawing, particularly on location, I recommend checking out his blog.
Tommy is also on the faculty of Sketchbook Skool, an online course that teaches anyone who is interested in drawing how to see the world, and to get the most out of their drawing and journaling. Recently, Tommy asked his students to draw his portrait, and the result is an amazing collection of different styles and techniques, all based on the same subject (you can see them on Tommy’s Tumblr page). Tommy also offered to send a high rez photo to anyone else who was interested in drawing him. So I emailed Tommy and said that I would be happy to give it a shot. The drawing above is the end result. Thanks for inspiring me Tommy, and I’m glad you like the drawing.