The Corwith Cramer at Brooklyn Bridge Park

This past May, I spent the afternoon with my friend Audrey Hawkins drawing The Corwith Cramer in Brooklyn Bridge Park. (See Audrey's drawings from this day here). The Corwith Cramer is a 134-foot two-masted brigantine owned and operated by the Sea Education Association (SEA) out of Woods Hole, MA, just a few towns over from where I grew up on Cape Cod. 

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Photograph © Etienne Frossard 2015

Photograph © Etienne Frossard 2015

The ship serves as a floating lab, classroom, and office for students and researchers. This particular crew was returning from a five-week voyage studying biodiversity and conservation of the Sargasso Sea region. The ship's arrival in Brooklyn marked the end of the voyage, which began April 20 in San Juan Puerto Rico. 

While we were drawing, Etienne Frossard, photographer for the Brooklyn Bridge Park, snapped our photo.

Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day marks the onset of summer on Cape Cod. I was lucky to spend this past memorial day with family at my parents' house in Pocasset. On Saturday, I went down to Barlow's Boat Yard with my dad for a few hours while he prepped his boat for the season. Growing up, I spent a lot of time here, sighing impatiently while waiting to set sail. As a sailing school drop-out, my activities aboard are generally limited to napping, snacking, and sipping cocktails.

Bucky Barlow's Boat Yard, Pocasset MA. © Carly Larsson 2015

Bucky Barlow's Boat Yard, Pocasset MA. © Carly Larsson 2015

 I remember one summer around the age of thirteen when I toiled away for hours in the hot sun, sanding and varnishing the woodwork on my dad's Cape Dory. Knowing I would never have chosen to do this of my own free will, I recently asked him what I had wanted in exchange. "Probably something designer.” My mother recalls a Marc Jacobs dress. I remember the one, navy with maroon polka dots. It was never acquired - I'm sure I was working off some other debt, and upon realizing the dress would never be mine, the project was promptly abandoned. Now over a decade later, my preferred kind of "boat work" is drawing them. 

My sister Elise sunbathing despite the arctic breeze. © Carly Larsson 2015

My sister Elise sunbathing despite the arctic breeze. © Carly Larsson 2015

I also spent some time on the beach. My sister is a brave soul, sunbathing in a sleeveless shirt despite the arctic wind and the fact that that the temperature barely hit high sixties. While she alternated between grad school homework and tanning, I sat bundled in my scarf and jacket drawing her and my cousin Jack, who was deeply absorbed in a crab hunting mission.

My cousin Jack on the beach, Pocasset MA. © Carly Larsson 2015

My cousin Jack on the beach, Pocasset MA. © Carly Larsson 2015

Sunday saw for more beach time with Thea, the sweetest little neighbor friend a girl could ask for. Here she is with her awesome fish pail (the mouth is the spout) curating her shell collection.

Miss Thea curating her shell collection © Carly Larsson 2015

Miss Thea curating her shell collection © Carly Larsson 2015

No Justice, No Peace: The Millions March for Eric Garner

Last night I attended the Millions March protest for Eric Garner at Foley Square to do some reportage illustration with friends Audrey Hawkins, Evan Turk and Chris Brody. When we arrived there were already hundreds of people gathered; the square was packed and people were spilling into the streets.

The atmosphere was peaceful but charged with a kinetic, positive energy. It was heartening to see how many different people turned out to demonstrate. There were parents with children, teenagers, college students and elderly people of every race and gender. People were chanting "Hands up don't shoot" and  "No justice no peace." I overheard a mother shout out “hands up!" and her toddler yelled "Justice!” I had to laugh.

Protestors in Foley Square in front of the United States Court House.

Protestors in Foley Square in front of the United States Court House.

Soon we began to move toward the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge, with protestors chanting "Eric Garner, Michael Brown, shut it down shut it down!" and "Racist, sexist, anti-gay, NYPD go away!" Once we got to the entrance to the bridge we stopped; I heard that police had blocked entry to the bridge. I was at the very tail end of the group, behind police who had formed a line standing shoulder-to-shoulder. They started to back up as I drew; one bumped into me and apologized.

The crowd moving toward the Brooklyn Bridge

The crowd moving toward the Brooklyn Bridge

There were news crews, photographers and journalists everywhere, as well as a few different helicopters circling overhead shining spotlights down on the crowd. Some other chants I heard were "Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail! The whole damn system is guilty as hell!" and "How do you spell racist? N-Y-P-D!" One guy even had a saxophone that he played the whole time we marched, though as I began drawing him he was lost in the crowd, so unfortunately he doesn't make a cameo here!

Protestors attempting to gain access to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Protestors attempting to gain access to the Brooklyn Bridge.

Some protestors had made large cardboard cutouts of bodies that looked like chalk outlines. Each one had a name of a black person killed by the police. Some people had megaphones, but the crowd chanting in unison seemed to be the most impactful. For a large group, the protestors marched fast. While Audrey and I said goodbye to Chris and Evan, the crowd disappeared down Centre Street. We found them again on Broadway, where they had taken over the street and traffic was at a standstill. Then we turned and marched up Canal Street.

Protestors march down Canal Street toward the Holland Tunnel.

Protestors march down Canal Street toward the Holland Tunnel.

This adorable little girl riding on her dad's shoulders had made her own sign. It was a bit scribbly and hard to read, but I think it said something about paying reparations to the families of those killed by police. While a few motorists/commuters seemed irritated, most were actually cheering on the protestors. A few cars and trucks beeped their horns to the beat of the chants, some people put their hands up as we walked by, and a few work crews had made signs saying "Ferguson is everywhere" that they hung in the windows of their trucks! As the crowd moved toward the Holland Tunnel, Audrey and I decided to hang back and draw some of the scary-looking cops in riot gear. They were standing shoulder-to-shoulder holding their batons out in front of them, and had economy packs of plastic handcuffs at the ready. The leftmost cop in the drawing below said I made him look fat.

NYPD in riot gear lined up along Canal Street.

NYPD in riot gear lined up along Canal Street.

In addition to the hundreds of cops on the streets, there were hundreds more in vans following the protestors. It seemed like overkill for such a peaceful protest, and I definitely noticed that many of the cops were treating bystanders/commuters (and us, with our sketchbooks) with more respect than they showed the protestors. While we were there, it seemed like the police were, for the most part, standing back and letting the protestors do their thing. However, just after I left I saw photographs and reports of police indiscriminately arresting and pepper-spraying people, including children and elderly women. Not exactly the best PR move for them, considering the protest was for ending police brutality, but I guess they got bored of standing around. In all, it was a wonderful and moving experience. It was so inspiring to see all the different people that came out on such a cold night to demand reform and an end to police violence!

Halloween 313's Nightmare on Clinton Avenue

This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Halloween 313 performances on Clinton Avenue. Coinciding with the Society for Clinton Hill's Annual Halloween Walk, every year on Halloween crowds gather outside 313 Clinton Avenue (home of Janna Kennedy, "the Halloween Lady") for free live performances. The performances are put together by an incredibly talented and dedicated group of volunteers including professional actors, producers, designers and artists from around Clinton Hill and Fort Greene. This year I was invited to draw inside the spooky parlor and also had the opportunity to draw the performances. 

Decorations inside the parlor of Halloween 313 

Decorations inside the parlor of Halloween 313 

The set of Halloween 313's 2014 performance "Nightmare on Clinton Avenue"

The set of Halloween 313's 2014 performance "Nightmare on Clinton Avenue"

This year's performance was entitled "Nightmare on Clinton Avenue," and is set in "Clinton Hell." Two neighbors, Kat and Thomas wander by the spooky old mansion discussing rumors that it used to be an insane asylum for axe murderers. Legend has it that the proprietor of the house forces the inmates to perform variety shows every year on Halloween.  Thomas dismisses the rumors as hearsay just as the warden of the asylum, Anesthesia Hangbody, appears and kidnaps him.

Kat and Thomas encounter Anesthesia Hangbody © Carly Larsson 2014

Kat and Thomas encounter Anesthesia Hangbody © Carly Larsson 2014

Kat approaches some police officers seeking help in rescuing her fiancée Thomas from Ms. Hangbody, but they report that no one has lived in that old house for years, and are utterly useless in helping her.

The police are useless in helping Kat © Carly Larsson 2014

The police are useless in helping Kat © Carly Larsson 2014

With nowhere else to turn, Kat seeks help from a haunted painting of a man Anesthesia Hangbody formerly abducted.

Eventually, Kat takes matters into her own hands and fights off Anesthesia Hangbody with a little help from the asylum inmates and the talking painting, all of whom are tired of Ms. Hangbody's abuse.

Kat engages in hand-to-hand combat with Anesthesia Hangbody.

Kat engages in hand-to-hand combat with Anesthesia Hangbody.

Some of the asylum inmates. 

Some of the asylum inmates. 

More asylum inmates, and Thomas in the back.

More asylum inmates, and Thomas in the back.

With a fiery pyrotechnic show, the haunted painting and the inmates finish off Anesthesia Hangbody once and for all. Then Thomas, Kat and the inmates celebrate as the former Ms. Hangbody's portrait is added to the wall.  

A pyrotechnics show signifies that the inmates are tired of Anesthesia Hangbody's mistreatment

A pyrotechnics show signifies that the inmates are tired of Anesthesia Hangbody's mistreatment

Charlotta Janssen puts the finishing touches on the painting of Anesthesia Hangbody while the inmates applaud.

Charlotta Janssen puts the finishing touches on the painting of Anesthesia Hangbody while the inmates applaud.

After the portrait of the newly deceased Anesthesia Hangbody has been added to the wall

After the portrait of the newly deceased Anesthesia Hangbody has been added to the wall

It was a great show and such a privilege to hang out with the incredibly talented cast and crew afterward! There are a few more drawings I decided to rework a bit after scanning, so stay tuned for more drawings from Halloween 313.

The Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest

Yesterday I went to Fort Greene Park for the 16th Annual Great PUPkin Dog Costume Contest hosted by Fort Greene PUPs. As I expected, it was a hilarious event with many creative costumes. There were over one hundred entrants and they went by pretty fast, so it was a good challenge! Here are some of the dogs I drew! The winners were Ira Glass in first place, the G train in second, and third was Devo, who unfortunately I didn't draw. As always, please do not print or reproduce these without permission! If you see your dog and would like to purchase a print, or would like to use the drawings for some other purpose, please contact me at carly@carlylarsson.com. Thanks!  

Liberace Sled Team dog - this guy had a partner that I didn't catch © Carly Larsson 2014

Liberace Sled Team dog - this guy had a partner that I didn't catch © Carly Larsson 2014

Stay Puft Marshmallow Dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Stay Puft Marshmallow Dog © Carly Larsson 2014

© Carly Larsson 2014

© Carly Larsson 2014

Balloon dog! © Carly Larsson 2014

Balloon dog! © Carly Larsson 2014

Therapist dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Therapist dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Barking Bad dog, complete with a bag of blue meth © Carly Larsson 2014

Barking Bad dog, complete with a bag of blue meth © Carly Larsson 2014

This Dogzilla costume was hand knitted. © Carly Larsson 2014

This Dogzilla costume was hand knitted. © Carly Larsson 2014

This dog was wearing a green shirt with kale glued all over it © Carly Larsson 2014

This dog was wearing a green shirt with kale glued all over it © Carly Larsson 2014

Little Mermaid dog (had a Flounder counterpart) © Carly Larsson

Little Mermaid dog (had a Flounder counterpart) © Carly Larsson

Hula girl © Carly Larsson 2014

Hula girl © Carly Larsson 2014

This Hungry Hippo dog did not look amused © Carly Larsson 2014

This Hungry Hippo dog did not look amused © Carly Larsson 2014

Tater Gets a Bath © Carly Larsson 2014

Tater Gets a Bath © Carly Larsson 2014

Fluffy strawberry dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Fluffy strawberry dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Pineapple dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Pineapple dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Yankees player dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Yankees player dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Firedog © Carly Larsson 2014

Firedog © Carly Larsson 2014

Pug lion © Carly Larsson 2014

Pug lion © Carly Larsson 2014

Dust bunny dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Dust bunny dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Baby clown © Carly Larsson 2014

Baby clown © Carly Larsson 2014

Dorothy and a tornado © Carly Larsson 2014

Dorothy and a tornado © Carly Larsson 2014

Indiana Jones dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Indiana Jones dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Times Square Naked Cowboy (he didn't have a guitar though!) © Carly Larsson 2014

Times Square Naked Cowboy (he didn't have a guitar though!) © Carly Larsson 2014

Photoshopped Beyonce dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Photoshopped Beyonce dog © Carly Larsson 2014

F22 Bomber dog © Carly Larsson 2014

F22 Bomber dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Bee dog © Carly Larsson

Bee dog © Carly Larsson

NYC sewer gator © Carly Larsson 2014

NYC sewer gator © Carly Larsson 2014

Chia Pet © Carly Larsson 2014

Chia Pet © Carly Larsson 2014

Lobster bisque © Carly Larsson 2014

Lobster bisque © Carly Larsson 2014

Taco dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Taco dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Skeledog © Carly Larsson 2014

Skeledog © Carly Larsson 2014

There was a whole pack of these emoji dogs, but they went by too fast! © Carly Larsson 2014

There was a whole pack of these emoji dogs, but they went by too fast! © Carly Larsson 2014

Unicorn ballerina dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Unicorn ballerina dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Baby butterfly © Carly Larsson 2014

Baby butterfly © Carly Larsson 2014

Baby Christmas ham dog © Carly Larsson 2014
Brooklyn Bridge dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Brooklyn Bridge dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Paper shredder © Carly Larsson 2014

Paper shredder © Carly Larsson 2014

Selfie dog! © Carly Larsson 2014

Selfie dog! © Carly Larsson 2014

The G train dog won 2nd place. Its costume transformed into a shuttle bus. Jokes were made about the dog arriving on time. © Carly Larsson 2014

The G train dog won 2nd place. Its costume transformed into a shuttle bus. Jokes were made about the dog arriving on time. © Carly Larsson 2014

Hungry Hippo guy again © Carly Larsson 2014

Hungry Hippo guy again © Carly Larsson 2014

Cup Noodles! © Carly Larsson

Cup Noodles! © Carly Larsson

Wooly mammoth dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Wooly mammoth dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Minion dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Minion dog © Carly Larsson 2014

An adorable burger pup © Carly Larsson 2014

An adorable burger pup © Carly Larsson 2014

Shih Tzu in a toilet © Carly Larsson 2014

Shih Tzu in a toilet © Carly Larsson 2014

Morning after Mardi Gras dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Morning after Mardi Gras dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Mail dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Mail dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Eeyore dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Eeyore dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Chipwich dog... was actually white, but there was some ink spillage, so I just went with it ;) © Carly Larsson 2014

Chipwich dog... was actually white, but there was some ink spillage, so I just went with it ;) © Carly Larsson 2014

Hedwig and a dementor. There was a child with them dressed as Harry Potter © Carly Larsson 2014

Hedwig and a dementor. There was a child with them dressed as Harry Potter © Carly Larsson 2014

Fish dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Fish dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Alter cockerpoo © Carly Larsson 2014

Alter cockerpoo © Carly Larsson 2014

Star Wars ATAT © Carly Larsson 2014

Star Wars ATAT © Carly Larsson 2014

Shark dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Shark dog © Carly Larsson 2014

50 Shades of Grey dog © Carly Larsson 2014

50 Shades of Grey dog © Carly Larsson 2014

Sexy police lady (note the garter) © Carly Larsson 2014

Sexy police lady (note the garter) © Carly Larsson 2014

The winning costume, NPR's Ira Glass © Carly Larsson 2014

The winning costume, NPR's Ira Glass © Carly Larsson 2014

My friend Audrey went and drew at the Tomkins Square Park Dog Parade on the same day - For more cuteness, check out her adorable and hilarious drawings!

Shapely Lady

I saw this lady leaning against the traffic light across the street the other day. Her silhouette made such a great shape, I grabbed the nearest drawing implement and captured her! I think she saw me staring at her out the window because she moved away pretty quickly.

The Charles W. Morgan in Boston

As I've mentioned, I spent the summer with Dalvero Academy doing a reportage project on the Charles W. Morgan, the world's last wooden whaling ship. I really need to go through all my drawings so I can do a more in-depth blog post about the events, but for now here's a quick one of the Morgan docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston this past July.

The Charles W. Morgan docked in Boston MA at the Charlestown Navy Yard, July 2014 © Carly Larsson

The Charles W. Morgan docked in Boston MA at the Charlestown Navy Yard, July 2014 © Carly Larsson

My friend Despina just shared her gorgeous drawings of the Morgan's return to Mystic Seaport, CT. Can't wait to share mine from that day - coming soon!   

Portland's Most Popular Hairstyle

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I visited Portland Oregon in July for the ICON8 Illustration Conference. One of the things I noticed over and over again in Portland was this hairstyle - shaved on the sides, long on top (sometimes combed over, other times in a bun). Approximately 99% of the male population was sporting it (Fact).

DUMBO Arts Festival

This past weekend was the annual DUMBO Arts Festival in Brooklyn. After 4 years living in Brooklyn and never having gone, I decided it was due time to check it out. 

"Circle Circus" an interactive sculpture by Saul Schisler. © Carly Larsson 2014

"Circle Circus" an interactive sculpture by Saul Schisler. © Carly Larsson 2014

There was so much to look at and so many people everywhere that it was a bit overwhelming at first, and I must admit I spent more time wandering around with my mouth hanging open than actually drawing. One of the first things I stopped to see was "Circle Circus" by Saul Schisler, an interactive sculpture consisting of an oversized spirograph accompanied by giant pencils. Both kids and adults were having a blast trying to operate the mechanism, and I heard a few people say they had a difficult time using the giant pencil. 

"Circle Circus" an interactive sculpture by Saul Schisler. © Carly Larsson 2014

"Circle Circus" an interactive sculpture by Saul Schisler. © Carly Larsson 2014

While I was drawing one guy told me he'd be more impressed if I was using a giant pencil. Unfortunately, I didn't have a large enough sketchbook for that (and also, random man, this may be shocking- but I was not there to impress you). 

The Eat Morris food truck on Water Street, DUMBO. © Carly Larsson 2014

The Eat Morris food truck on Water Street, DUMBO. © Carly Larsson 2014

After watching and drawing the Circle Circus for a while, my friend Betsy was hungry so we decided to check out the many food trucks lining Water Street. The lines were pretty long, so instead of waiting I snacked on some almonds and drew. The drawing above is of the Eat Morris truck which serves fancy grilled cheese. It smelled awesome and I learned later that they do gluten-free too.

Jumbo DUMBO Puppy sculpture by Shinji Murakami. © Carly Larsson 2014

Jumbo DUMBO Puppy sculpture by Shinji Murakami. © Carly Larsson 2014

Next stop was the Jumbo DUMBO Puppy, a huge sculpture by Shinji Murakami made out of cardboard boxes! To be perfectly honest, I wasn't 100% sold on going to the festival until I saw the Jumbo DUMBO Puppy online. It just seemed so goofy, and how can you NOT want to go draw an enormous puppy made out of cardboard boxes!? I was very tempted to draw on it, but alas it was not an interactive sculpture and I figured that would be frowned upon. 

Reflection / Kolonihavehus by Tom Fruin and CoreAct. © Carly Larsson 2014

Reflection / Kolonihavehus by Tom Fruin and CoreAct. © Carly Larsson 2014

Last stop was Reflection / Kolonihavehus by Tom Fruin and CoreAct. This one could be experienced both as a sculpture and a piece of performance art; there were 5 performances inside of it. The audience was invited to wander in and out of the piece as they liked. It drew a lot of attention as it was right on the main walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge Park.  Overall it was a good time - of all places I've drawn in public, I seemed to attract the least weird looks at the DUMBO Arts Festival :P Can't wait to go back next year!

The Duffield Street Houses

This past March I learned about the case of the Duffield Street homes in downtown Brooklyn and was compelled to honor their history with a drawing before they are eradicated by the city. The whole row of historic wood-frame houses on Duffield Street are believed to have played an integral part in the Underground Railroad, and many of them have already been demolished. 

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Previous owners of 227 Duffield Street, Harriet and Thomas Truesdell, were known abolitionists who worked with the likes of William Lloyd Garrison and Henry Ward Beecher. There is a sealed off tunnel in the basement of 227 Duffield Street which is believed to be a part of the Underground Railroad. Regardless of a plethora of evidence indicating that 227 Duffield Street and the surrounding homes were an integral part of the Underground Railroad, the city denies that the buildings should be landmarked and the Economic Development Plan (EDC) plans to use eminent domain to knock them down and build a park, two luxury hotels and an underground parking garage - just what we need. The fight to save the Duffield Street homes is still ongoing, and you can learn more about it here.