Your humble artist/blogger is still in a New York state of mind this week as our art is a pencil rendition of the Manhattan Skyline, as seen from our hotel window a few weeks ago, nestled firmly within the Times Square region.

To be honest, this one is unfinished. I started out trying to do a detailed pencil drawing, using my trusty Blackwing Palamino plus a cheap mechanical pencil for cross-hatching and a little bit of charcoal pencil for thick lines.  As you can probably tell, MG made my hands crap out during the first wave of cross-hatching (I was also using a ruler), and I just sort of gave up and declared it done.

This was done using photo reference, on paper for pens.

After scanning it, I eliminated a lot of smudges in the sky. With Myasthenia Gravis, you have good days and you have bad days, and sometimes you have to recognize a bad day for what it is and quit while you’re ahead. If I do go back and revisit this piece, I’ll probably try painting over it or something.

To see it bigger try clicking HERE.

Over on The AIR, we are celebrating Juneteenth with a 24-hour marathon of our musical specialty shows that are devoted to African-American artists. You’ll be able to hear episodes of MIRRORBALL, The Swing Shift, Curtain Call, Psychedelic Shack, The Comedy Vault and more.  It starts at 7 AM, Monday, and runs until 7 AM Tuesday.

You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on the embedded radio player elsewhere on this page.

Tuesday we’ll have a 24-hour marathon of the eight most-recent episodes of Radio Free Charleston because A) Hardly anybody reads PopCult on a holiday, and Tuesday is West Virginia Day and B) Your PopCulteer will have spent the weekend running around at cool places like The Marx Toy & Train Show and points West, so I’ll probably take it easy and just post a few photos from the trip or something.