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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

#14 "Backstage at the Sunken Head" Featuring Landon Webb. May 4, 2010

Where exactly is the Sunken Head? It might be here in Brooklyn, although I would venture to guess it is somewhere down near Coney Island; Sunset Park, maybe. Wherever it is, I want to go on this night. It seems like an Open Mic Night or an Amateur Night. We have Amateur Night at Cafe Loup, but it's not as exciting. Amateur Night in restaurant speak is the night when people who usually don't go out for dinner and drinks actually do go out. They are all the same; bad manners and bad tippers. The amateurs, that is. There are lots of these nights throughout the year, Valentines Day being the biggest and ugliest of all of them. They're like, "Hey baby, get out from underneath that rock and let's go to the Loup and bother everyone. We'll order extra bread and butter and hot water with lemon. It'll be great!" Other Amateur nights are pretty much every Friday and Saturday night when all the Bridge & Tunnel crowd comes in. A lot of the time the B&Ts are okay, but sometimes it seems like this is the first time they've been in a restaurant ever. Anyway, this drawing has nothing to do with that, maybe. I remember drawing some of this, but not other parts. The elephant I remember because I was not happy with the way it turned out as soon as I drew it. I had this great vision of the elephant being the "hand" in the ventriloquist, which is what happened but I was disappointed in the elephants face. I mean, look at it. It looks more like a ugly dog with an extremity problem. Well, Tim came to the rescue with his little Hook Handed guy all the way on the left. I love how that guy just kind of looks pissed, like he's the janitor or something and he's seen all of this before. And I mean everything; the screaming earth, the robot controlling that one guy, the elephant ventriloquist... all of it. That brings me to Landon Webb. You have seen him in some of the older entries. He did the Robot controlling the happy guy all the way to the left. Also, he did this great drawing of a flying pig on the same night (maybe) that I decided need a home at the Sunken Head. I attached that drawing below, so you could all enjoy it. Landon is a ridiculously talented artist, so you should check out some of his other work. You can find it here:

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