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.

Monday, June 27, 2011

#22 "The End of an Affair" July 26, 2010

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This one was done in one day and is the only complete T&J drawing not done on the Triple Dupe Pad. Tim drew the horse and we both really liked it. So emotional, so right on. He drew him looking out the window at a tree and a fence, crying. The poor horse. I play a lot of chess and decided that it wasn't a horse at all, but a knight. I then thought that this knight was having an affair with the bishop. So, I put the bishop in bed and they are both smoking cigarettes, so that implies something. I forget what. Once that guy was in there, the rest of the drawing pretty much filled itself in. One last thing I did was make the window a painting. I always liked that aspect of my art history classes. A lot of the old timers used that little trick to remind the viewer that they weren't actually looking out of a window, but were in fact, looking at a painting. Why the knight is so sad about the painting, no one will ever know. Maybe she thought it wasn't her best effort and she wants to paint over it. Maybe she missed her deadline and then commissioner of the painting is going to be mad at her. Well, at least she has love. That's important.

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