Tim and Jeremy are both waiters at a restaurant in downtown New York City. During slow times at work, to stave off boredom when it is slow, the two young men draw pictures. These pictures are made using ink and what is called the "Triple Dupe Pad," a book of paper used to place orders in the kitchen. The drawings usually take about a week to make, all the while also being used by fellow employees to take orders; this sometimes leads to other collaborators or in a couple cases, to the loss of the work. The drawings are then scanned and colored in Photoshop where they come to life in stunning technicolor! The subject matter varies from piece to piece, as they are made over a long course of time and under various moods and states of mind. They all retain a playfulness that serves as a coping mechanism after spending a night catering to the endless needs of hungry patrons.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

#13 "Maybe Partying Will Help" April 28, 2010

This is a surprisingly clean Dupe Pad, wouldn't you agree? There's only a little wine on the guys afro, and a couple spots here and there. Maybe we didn't finish all the dupes in the pad. Maybe this was one of the ones I took home before we had used all the order forms. I don't know, maybe everyone was very neat and tidy that week at the Loup. Probably not. April is still a very busy time for everyone. Spring is in the air, fiddlehead ferns are on the menu, and it's a great season to draw weird pictures. I like the interaction in this one. The guys on the left seem a little hostile to the dudes on the right, who seem pretty uninterested in the inevitable onslaught; all except the furry Gizmo-looking dude. Finally, the guy on the far right seems like he is commentating on the whole shebang, like, "...And here come the tanks! It looks like it's all over for the home team!" I especially like the piece of nerd toast driving the car with the fish as the co-pilot. That's pretty funny, if I do say so myself.
 There is also an extra collaborator in this one, our friend and co-worker Rasta Ed, or as most people know her, Edie. She drew the little worm in the bottle. I think it's pretty cool that most of the collaborators in these draw worms. What is that all about? Anyway, Edie is a pretty awesome person. She has been at the Loup for a couple years now and has made it onto the A-Team.  She collects a lot of Tim and my drawings. I'm not even talking about finished works, although she has plenty of those, I'm sure. Tim and I draw almost constantly at work. Since we have no computer system there, everything goes on paper, so even our orders have little heads and people littering the margins. Edie collects these; all the lost drawings, she has them. I don't know where she keeps them all; I feel like at this point she must have hundreds. Who knows? You should come in for dinner this weekend and ask her to see some of her collection. One of these days I am going to steal that collection, scan it, and put some of them up on this here blog. So keep your eyes peeled, friends.

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