Keen's Steakhouse Illustration Night
The small sketchbook for our visit
Marc is in NYC to haul away a well deserved gold medal from the Society of Illustrators. As stated earlier he is one of many Drawgers that have been mining precious metal this year.
Keen's is a great restaurant if you like old New York. I love the patina of places like this. The idea that Babe Ruth, Teddy Roosevelt and Rube Goldberg walked through those doors makes it extra special.
Keen's is festooned with clay pipes which the patrons used upon their visits and stored them there for their return. The ceiling is covered with these pipes now and there are a few cases with 'famous' pipes.
The place is almost like a house, with various rooms and an great old bar.
I wanted to gather a larger crew to angle for the Teddy Roosevelt Room.
In that room, Teddy Roosevelt formed the Bull Moose party. We got the room but never quite formed a new political party.
We made a sketchbook. Apparently there is a gland in an illustrator that produces adrenalin and guilt when they pay too much for a meal. This causes them to draw.
"...must earn it back, must earn it back..."
Dale Stephanos drove down from Boston, Steve Waxman from Brooklyn, Dave Flaherty and Ellen Weinstein from the lower east side, Elizabeth Parisi from Scholastic, Edel Rodriguez from Mount Tabor, NJ, Marc and Janice Burckhardt from Austin Texas, Mark Heflin from the offices of American Illustration and we got Thomas Fuchs to eat dinner at an hour he usually has breakfast. More were invited and were missed. Get well soon Megan Fox.
Giant cuts of aged steaks were destroyed, I tried and fought with a hunk of mutton that one might feed a lion. All was washed down with beer, wine and finished off with 2 racks of select scotch. Fresh red and blue berries ended the grazing.
A sketchbook was passed around and we documented the evening for Drawger.
Until next time.