A conversation with Tommy Kane from “An Illustrated Journey”

Here’s the next interview with the contributors to my new book An Illustrated Journey: Inspiration From the Private Art Journals of Traveling Artists, Illustrators and Designers

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Tommy Kane is one of my oldest and bestest friends. And he’s a genius too.  You’ve seen Tommy’s work all over, including in my books ( An Illustrated Life and The Creative License). It’s observant, it’s bold, it’s witty, and it’s endlessly inspiring to me.

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And hopefully you’ve seen his blog and his movies too (and his star turn in Red Hook, the film Jack and I made last year).

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And now he has more amazing drawings in An Illustrated Journey.

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When I interviewed Tommy for this project, he was on one of his innumerable business trips to Korea.

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Here’s an excerpt from Tommy’s contribution to the book:

“I have drawn every brick, cinder block and lamppost in all of New York City. Google earth didn’t need to go around and photograph every building in Manhattan. I would have given them all my drawings instead. They could have saved a lot of time, money and effort. All of this has created a dilemma for me. The Big Apple all looks the same to my eyes now. I can even say I’m bored of drawing New York. As I ride my bike around, I whisper to myself, “did that, drew that, sketched that, painted that.” My wife and I discuss moving out of New York someday. Mostly I discuss it. It wasn’t until I started to write this, that I realized the real reason is that…” (continued)

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11 thoughts on “A conversation with Tommy Kane from “An Illustrated Journey”

  1. Wonderful friendship conveyed so well in this video – and I’ve loved your collaborations. Tommy’s work always captivates me, and i love his pages in your book. Mostly though, I really want those Ginsuu knives & vegetable peelers. ;)

  2. Excellent. I was mesmerized ! Like it better with the interviewer in a smaller box. No offence intended :>} . Learned so much in this. Wonder if that stool would hold me! Ha!

  3. I love these artist interviews of yours. It’s illuminating to hear them speak and see their expressions: it enlarges on their art, gives it even more depth in addition to their blog writings and your books.

    Got to get back to work now. I promised to get the ‘Illustrated Journey’ as a gift to myself when I finish the latest chapter of my dissertation. I just have to get it done by the end of this week since I can’t wait to get my hands on the ‘Journey’!

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