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


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.


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).


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


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


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)


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

      1. If you want a real visual treat…find the book from his latest show in London. It’s a big coffee table book of mostly landscapes and includes some of his IPad drawings. The color alone will blow your doors off.


      2. I have this book too. I love learning from the old masters. Check out some of the manuals from Glenn Vilppu. He teaches techniques from the great painters.


  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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