Walking by New York City Storefronts

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For a final study in FIT’s Watercolor Illustration and Comps, I decided I wanted to create a series of illustrations about the life of storefronts in New York City. As an avid walker and roamer of the city since my college days at New York University, I have always been drawn to the classic and tucked away places that keep existing in our every changing New York.  I tried to capture that solitary but welcoming feeling of observing the city from the outside as a walker as well as memorialized places that mean both something to me personally and to the city’s history.

The first in the series is Nom Wah Tea Parlor in New York City’s Chinatown. Nom Wah has been open since 1920. I’ve always been attracted to it’s bright, worn facade and busy original inside.

The second is Caffe Reggio in the village.

I work in the series in ink, watercolor, and gouache.

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