Akituusaq & Friends

April 27, 2008

My friend Melinda just finished this new book. Akituusaaq is the baby walrus at the New York Aquarium, and this little book is filled with drawings of him, his mother and father and a few sea otter and fur seal friends. I love this book.



Get in touch with her if you would like to buy one – melindamelmoth at gmail dot com




April 24, 2008



the first official release from The Ashen Ledger is now here on the internet. i’ll be releasing some new books myself soon, along with a series of books by various people on the topic of natural history, and hopefully some music but i got sick of waiting for my laziness and lethargy to subside so i decided to publish some great drawings by Ian Hart.

Ian works at the american museum of natural history here in new york fabricating all the awesome dioramas, environmental elements, and basically anything you see in the special exhibitions. he then spends pretty much the rest of his time at home cooking and making these painstakingly accurate, wonderfully subtle, layered anatomical drawings.



the working sketches in this book, Lithogenes maenjana, are of various cutaway views of a recently discovered, yet to be described fish species, i believe from some lake in peru. such are the benefits to working at the AMNH.

the book is 5.5″x4.25″, 8 pages, photocopied, and unfolds into an 11″x17″ poster. edition of 75.



these books were produced as part of the last Grotto Gallerie show, darque darque, and i still have some left so if you are interested drop me a line and we’ll get you one.

new at the zoo

April 16, 2008

there are some new animals at the prospect park zoo. i need to get a digital camera so i can take some pics but for now i’ll do what i can. click their names to see some great videos.

first, the grey kangaroo joey has a name now. Riley was out of the pouch and hopping around with her mom and the wallabee, eating some twigs and snacks from the zookeepers. 

riley the grey kangaroo joey at the prospect park zoo

the male in the enclosure is already getting pretty amorous again. in general the kangaroos seemed a lot less timid than in months past. maybe just because she was pregnant she was hanging back in the trees but now i see them out in the open through most of the afternoon and once i even saw riley and her mom sitting in a bush right up at the path. very close.

two of the best places to see the kangaroos and wallabies are a) before you enter the park through the south entrance near the carousel look through the mesh fence and be quiet. on hot days they lounge back there. and b) as soon as you enter the park there’s this half circle concrete bench to the left and if you sit or stand on that you can see them if they are hiding in that back corner, and they are only like 10-20′ away.

i don’t know if they got moved or what but there aren’t any more rock hyrax’s in the animal lifestyles building. they have been replaced with a pair of pallas cats, Nicholas and Alexandra. if you don’t see them immediately step back and look way up on top of the rocks in the back left corner against the wall. they are shaggy and have hilarious expressions. they’re pretty active too.



the prairie dogs are back from hibernation and they look a little haggard. there are all these dark bald patches on them all. the keeper said they fight a lot underground throughout the winter and they always come up looking like that. i’ll try to find some pics.

saw some grackle’s trying to impress some females with their dance moves at the edge of the pond. aw spring.

and finally here’s a good video of Brody the porcupine going for a morning constitutional.

prospect park zoo

NY Zoos/Aquarium


humpback whales in love

April 16, 2008


humpback whales hugging and breaching

here is an embroidery i made a few years back but just got around to scanning. i made it for my lady at the time while i was away for much too long on tour. it was sort of like being away at sea.

not a whole lot is known about whale mating habits. there’s breaching, singing, tail slapping, and sometimes when things are further along i suppose pairs will do these spectacular hugging tandem breaches. i need to go on a whale watch soon. i’ve been talking about it for five years.


April 14, 2008

For my first post here are some mole drawings i made for the inaugural issue of a zine that my friends and i are doing called Expensive Shit (For Wealthy People). the theme for the issue was “subterranean”.  


golden mole


hairy-tailed mole


star-nosed mole


european mole


the next issue of ES(FWP), tentatively and tantilizingly titled “Young Us” will be out june 20th. send us a note: esfwpzine at gmail dot com