Monday, May 26, 2008
New York I Love You
I'm in New York City interning with an amazing illustrator named Natalie Asencious (if you don't know who she is look her up NOW; she's incredible). For the next five weeks I will be learning the ways of the illustrator. I'll be working three or four days a week archiving, stretching paper, observing, asking lots of questions, filing, preparing canvases, doing puppetry, making coffee, etc. The idea is that by the time I get back I just might have a better idea of where I want to go with my career and how I'm going to get there. Basically, I'm trying to figure out what to do with my life and an internship seems like a pretty good place to start.
My first week here has already come and gone, which is craaaazy. I've played the part of tourist, student, artist, art connoisseur, guide, lost tourist and new arrival trying not to look like one. I've seen Times Square, walked along Broadway, fallen in love with Brooklyn, peered off the Empire State Building, waved at the Statue of Liberty, feasted at the Met, visited Soho, hung out in Union Square, picked up a subway map at Grand Central Station, walked through China Town, gotten lost in Harlem (haha...), mastered (well sort of) the subway system, walked down the aisle at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, eaten delicious food in Little Italy, looked for celebrities at Rockefeller Plaza, shopped on 5th avenue, strolled through Central Park and have been sketching like crazy. All in all it has been a fantastic week!
New York is incredible. It took me approximately 2 hours to fall in love with the city, and then only 22 more to decide that this is where I'm moving after graduation. There is some about the sea of people, the constant energy, the noises, the smells (minus the occasional wiffs of the sewer that is), the diversity, the food, the people, the architecture, the markets and everything about New York that has a charm--a grimy charm--to it.
So that's it. I love New York and I love that I'm going to be here for 5 weeks learning from an amazing illustrator. Life is good.
Posted by Leslie Duke at 8:30 PM