The 38th Voyage of Transformation


The Dalvero Academy exhibit, The 38th Voyage of Transformation, at Mystic Seaport, The Museum of America and the Sea, has officially opened this past Saturday, November 21! The opening was  wonderful and amazing! The artwork is stunning, thoughtful and so very personal to each of the artists. Veronica Lawlor and I are so proud of the artists artwork. Please got to Mystic, Connecticut to see the exhibit. Beautiful!

I will be posting more of my artwork on my blog in a few days! This is a thumbnail drawing I made for the idea of my artwork: plastic straws in the shape of a whale’s tail.

m. hurst




Acorn. Pencil, pastel.


another from class


Following up from last week, here is model Kika in red and black topped off with a feathered head piece. Quite fun to draw.

Greg Betza ©2015

Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile

Pope Francis and Obama exchange gifts/Michele Beidgian


Adorning the lower section of the southeast pillar of the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, (facing Avenue de Champs-Élysées) is a sculptured high relief, executed by Jean-Pierre Cortot depicting Napoléon. In it Napoléon is crowned by Victory wearing antique vestments pressing a sword against his chest. In the background, to the right is a profiled kneeling man symbolizing a prisoner enchained at the feet of the victor. While to the left is an allegory of a city, with a crenelated crown kneeling before the conqueror whose protective hands extends over her. Above (and depicted here) winged Fame sounds a trumpet while bearing a standard as she soars across a palm tree, (ironically an image evoking the Egyptian expedition, the French Campaign in Egypt and Syria from 1798 to 1801).

So really why would I bother sharing so much about this imagery? Maybe it’s simply to illuminate the depths of a culture committed faithfully to resolving some sense of peace from the attack on one of their beloved city’s. Could you blame them? – Michele



Important Moments


I can’t promise that November 13th will live on etched in my memory like the kindred days in New York, only time will tell if distance dulls the mind. What is forever carved in stone is my time in France, particularly Paris, and the streets I walked, the places I visited and most importantly the people I met. I pray they are all safe, as well as their loved ones. I look forward to the day I return and if by chance our paths cross one more time I hope we can place each others faces and at the very least, give a little smile. Until then my heart, my thoughts, my love goes to everyone this has affected. There is no sense to make of this all.—Dominick










More storyboards.  Mixed media.

By: Eddie Peña

Journey of Transformation Opening This Saturday


This Saturday, November 21, our Dalvero Academy exhibit, Journey of Transformations, opens at the Mystic Seaport in Connecticut. The exhibit showcases reportage drawings of the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan in the summer of 2014, as well as an artistic conversation about whale conservation, which the Morgan sailed to bring attention to.

Above is my design for a commemorative Cinderella stamp of the 38th voyage through the waters of New England. The exhibit will be on view in the Mallory Building of Mystic Seaport through fall of 2016.

posted by Veronica



In Solidarity!


m. hurst

Autumn Day at the Park


Pastel and pencil.


Drawing at Dalvero


Here is a drawing from a drawing class at the Dalvero Academy in Brooklyn. The model, Kika, had an amazing bouquet on her head.

Greg Betza ©2015

please pray


The tragic events that unfolded Friday night in Paris sits too close to home. Having lost my husband on 9/11 to a terrorist attack I only have to close my eyes and sit for a brief moment to feel the vibrations of pain that are often just right under the surface. Please pray for those who were lost and wounded Friday night, and for those who cry tears of sorrow today, tomorrow and the days to follow in Paris and all over the world.  -Michele

Artwork by Michele Bedigian, artist and widow of Carl J. Bedigian, FDNY Engine 214


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My favorite part of any project are the thumbnails.

Eddie Peña

Scooter at the Society 2


As Greg mentioned in his post the other day, the Society of Illustrators hosted Scooter LaForge and friends again the other night for a drawing event. I love drawing Scooter’s clothes and styling because they are so East Village camp and just a lot of fun. Plus it’s always nice to see friends and draw together; we had a nice evening. I’ll be putting the rest of the drawings up on my blog soon.

Also! A few of my fashion drawings are appearing in a traveling show this fall, coinciding with fashion week in Poland. One of the drawings is of the lovely Kika, who has made more than one appearance in the drawings on this blog.

You can visit the website HERE if you are interested to see more. Thanks!

posted by Veronica

Apple Drawing on a Chalkboard


Did a quick drawing of a few apples on a chalkboard during a class break. Kinda like drawing on chalkboards. Like the texture.

m. hurst

Times Square


Here is a quick impression of Times Square in New York City. The people, the brightly colored signs.




Fashion designer Scooter LaForge was back at the Society of Illustrators last Thursday. Here is a quick portrait I made of one of his models. I’ll be posting the drawings from that night on my blog this week.

Greg Betza ©2015

Home in my heart


Dom’s spectacular drawing yesterday of the Morgan reminded me of a reportage I did in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art … my church, my schoolyard, my home away from home. – Michele

The Final Stretch


One more drawing of the Charles W. Morgan as we go into the second week of hanging the upcoming show at Mystic Seaport. Honored to be included with fellow Studio 1482 and Dalvero members.—Dominick

Urban Sketching Handbook


Happy to announce that my book, The Urban Sketching Handbook: Reportage and Documentary Drawing has been released this month by Quarry! It’s illustrated with my location work, along with the work of my friends at Studio 1482, Urban Sketchers, and Dalvero Academy.

It has ideas and advice for creating reportage drawings and telling stories with your work.

This image, from the cover, was a reportage illustration I did on my recent trip to Havana, Cuba. Talk about a storytelling paradise.

I hope you enjoy the book, you can order it HERE. And thank you to all of the talented artists who allowed their work to be featured.

posted by Veronica Lawlor



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