Animal Control Sketch

The original photograph comes from 2007 in Ocean Beach, San Diego, CA of a nice, cowering and his owner – startled by my camera. However, after detaching the dog from the remainder of the photograph I became interested in juxtaposing this scared dog with another experience I had in New York City. A neighbor of mine would force his dogs to bite on to a tire connected to a tree branch, hanging by their jaws to strengthen them for fighting. They would play very loud hip-hop to drown out the sound of the dog yelping, and each time he did, they would hit him in the ribs with a stick. The dog would stay there for 15 or 20 minutes, sometimes more. After multiple calls to animal control by our house and neighbors, they eventually stopped… but would always start back again in a few days.

Seizure @ Midnight

This drawing was created during an Epileptic seizure I had over the course of nearly 20 minutes at Midnight on April 15th, 2012. These seizures occur around once a month, and have been since I was around 13 years old. I was diagnosed Epileptic in 2007. I’ve studied this area once before [link] but this is my first time working during a seizure. In the image you can notice at times I was attempting to simply trace the boundaries of the canvas, but other times I became intent on hatching, attempting to break the exhausting cycle.