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Tiger and the Magpie
F is for Flamingo (among other things).
B is for Brown Pelican
Chameleon
Needles (From the series of irrational childhood fears)
Thunder and Lightning (From the series of irrational childhood fears)
The Potty (From the series of irrational childhood fears)
The Barking Dog (From the series of irrational childhood fears)
Spyder - (From the series of irrational childhood fears)
Getting underneath your psyche
With needles and pins.
They say, Spyder come back soon again.
The Beast - (from the series of the many faces of Satan)

John saw the beast “rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns.

I thought it would be fun to do a less serious one for the series. Never said what the heads were. ;)

This is a crappy iPhone photo taken on the bus.
The Serpent - (from the series of the many faces of Satan)
Baphomet - As Above, So Below. (from the series of the many faces of Satan)
This is the first completed drawing from my series exploring Satan. My 3-year old son got a hold of a 70% marker and drew all over this. I got rid of most of it, but the lower right corner was killed, thus the chunky white sloppy mess of type. Oh well.
"O is for Ostrich"
K is for Kiwi (Fuck off you’d be pissed too if you were a bird without wings)
Toucan on the Bus
I've frequently thought about making an ABC book. This would be T.
Peacock (unfinished)
P is for Peacock. He's a jerk.
My rhinoceros doesn't like you.
On Being a Shark
Pencil Test Dragon
Dragon #3
Annihilation of the Spirit - I recently decided to give up. That I had nothing left. Disappointment after disappointment. Oh well... it was a good ride while it lasted, eh? And then this came out... Guess I'm not done after all.

Release me
The sun is setting strange tonight
When do you think
We'll get it right
Bad Bunny - You know... for luck.
13 Coolidge. Another tree taken down on our block.
I am the stallion, mang.
33 Coolidge.
I decided that every time one of my neighbors cuts down a tree, I'd draw one to replace it.
The Goatsheadman. How dare you insult the honor of the Queen of Goats.
- things don't turn out well for the Goatsheadman.
Untitled Evil - I have no idea where these come from... I just make 'em.
Annihilation of the Spirit (Pt. 2) - This one goes with the other one... I should say more
An Octopus for Marshall
Game of Flies - When you're a fly and you cut someone's head off... you still have 2 hands left for rude celebratory gestures.
Dragon #2
Owl is a Star - "I told you... one day I'd make you a star."
untitled
Foreboding - Surviving doesn't always mean that you are safe. Sometimes beneath the current lies a monster... waiting.
Ah shit! We done gone upset dem robots again - My muse (the bus) thought it was time for a new robot.
Blackbird - My dear friend wrote a wonderful children's book about accepting people's differences. He asked me to explore illustrating it. This is my first attempt.
Magpie - This goes with the other bird... same spread. I had a tough time with the white feathers... but I think they turned out OK.
Colleen (From the Collection of Cautionary Tales) - Remember Colleen,
The homecoming queen?
She was once a small town treasure.
Well…
She's hooked on Meth,
Looking like death.
And now can no longer feel pleasure.
Repent (From the Collection of Cautionary Tales) - Take a look now,
At this broken down ape.
He was in prison,
For murder and rape.

And now on the corner,
Of Broad and of Vine.
Standing all day,
With a store's closing sign.

Has he repented
For the things that he did?
Or is he just lecherously
Sizing up kids?
Ginny (From the Collection of Cautionary Tales) - Ginny, Ginny,
Oh so skinny.
However did you figure?
Every time,
You should dine.
That you should pull the trigger.
If you must question.
My obsession.
You will find me sitty.
With fingered tounge
'Til up it come.
"Because it makes me pretty."
Martin - (From the Collection of Cautionary Tales)
What happened to Martin
the pharmaceutical charlatan
and the tape he threatened to erase?
Well, he ended up dead.*
For the things that he said
to the man with a ghost for a face.

* Could be figurative, as in a media whore that no one cared about any more, or could be literal, time will tell.
Internet Flood - Recently my friend's boss asked me how much it would cost for me to draw my interpretation of the internet for his office. I told him that I would draw first and then let him decide if he wanted to buy it, that way I would feel free to make whatever I wanted. This is what came out. (He didn't want it.) The drawing was done on the bus. The images were all found on the web and assembled in photoshop. It's all not what you think... you dirty monkey.
My Manta Ray is Alright - I think It would be nice to have a Manta Ray that swims through the body to destroy germs. This one's mine.
Fishing in a Koi Pond
Self Portrait with Crows
Housing Crisis - I'd love to say that this is a social statement about the economy... but it's more about how difficult life at home can be.
Don't Sit Here. Don't Sit Here. Don't Sit Here. - I get this at least twice a day... oh well.
Kind of a follow up to the "Just Because You Draw on the Bus..." drawing
for devon, for angela - this is for my dear friend and her daughter, who seem to be swimming in the largest of oceans.
A Drawing for the Humble - this is a drawing for the humble. thank you santa fe and the amazing artists that i met on my short stay.
The Great Chicago Fire - From the series - Hideous Disasters That Could Have Been Avoided If People Weren't So Arrogant, or Just Plain Old Dumb.
There's a Crow on My Desk - For Mitchell and Malcolm - True story that I tell my kids of finding a crow on my desk... a long time ago.
June (new direction) - This is a new stab at an old story I came up with a friend.
Making a Cross - For the book Place of Angels by Damon DiMarco.
Seeing Red - For the book Place of Angels by Damon DiMarco.
A Broken Man-"the splatter soaked him" - For the book Place of Angels by Damon DiMarco.
The Bees (dream #1) - This drawing is from a dream. I didn't dream being attacked by bees... I dreamt that I was drawing on the bus... and this is what I was drawing.
Swims with the Fishes - for kathleen - This was done by request for a woman who found me via Coroflot... she asked me to make a self portrait. I added the fish.
Red Riding Hood #2 - Little Red Riding Hood take 2.
The Titanic - From the series - Hideous Disasters That Could Have Been Avoided If People Weren't So Arrogant, or Just Plain Old Dumb.
Exxon Valdez - From the series - Hideous Disasters That Could Have Been Avoided If People Weren't So Arrogant, or Just Plain Old Dumb.
Hindenburg - From the series - Hideous Disasters That Could Have Been Avoided If People Weren't So Arrogant, or Just Plain Old Dumb.
Katrina and the Waves, or When the Levees Break - From the series - Hideous Disasters That Could Have Been Avoided If People Weren't So Arrogant, or Just Plain Old Dumb.
Mission Accomplished - From the series - Hideous Disasters That Could Have Been Avoided If People Weren't So Arrogant, or Just Plain Old Dumb.
Death Calls for an Encore
Paul Bunyan
Mermaid
Poseidon
Satyr - In Greek mythology the satyrs are deities of the woods and mountains. They are half human and half beast; they usually have a goat's tail, flanks and hooves. While the upper part of the body is that of a human, they also have the horns of a goat. They are the companions of Dionysus, the god of wine, and they spent their time drinking, dancing, and chasing nymphs.
www.pantheon.org
The Minotaur
Siren - In Greek mythology, the Sirens are creatures with the head of a female and the body of a bird. They lived on an island (Sirenum scopuli; three small rocky islands) and with the irresistible charm of their song they lured mariners to their destruction on the rocks surrounding their island (Virgil V, 846; Ovid XIV, 88).
www.pantheon.org
Lamia - According to legend, she was a Libyan queen who fell in love with Zeus. Zeus' jealous wife Hera deformed her into a monsterous snake-like creature and murdered their offspring. She also made Lamia unable to close her eyes, so that she couldn't find any rest from the obsessing image of her dead children. Lamia envied the other mothers and took her vengeance by stealing their children and devouring them.
www.pantheon.org
A Fish Out of Water
Two, two, they got two.
Scarecrow
Just because you draw on the bus, doesn't make you special
Vishnu
Ganesh
Neptune
the Argus
Workhorse
Zebra
Frankenstein's Commuter
TH on the Bus - Self Portrait - Without Nose because the damn thing never works anyway.
a kissed out red floatboat - Feeling a bit nostalgic this morning. To commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Bus Drawings Project, I decided to dig up the very first one (that was coherent anyway) and post it. Oh and... check out the birth of the spirals. Drawn to the Cocteau Twins song of the same name on repeat.
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Comments (52)
  • Great work !

    14 years ago

  • thats so indian! religious people out here might get livid :) , but its really cool !

    14 years ago

  • really nice! I love the embellishments

    14 years ago

  • Excellent ! Your work is very inspiring, Thomas!

    14 years ago

  • strong illustration. Great!!

    14 years ago

  • i share your view on the mermaid, i love the stylized confidence in your work, nostalgic even. nightmares of the child.

    14 years ago

  • no it doesnt, it just puts you in a heightened state of awareness and zen! i have a full book from two years of commuting on the DC metro!

    14 years ago

  • great treatment on this one!

    14 years ago

  • love the detail in this one

    14 years ago

  • Ganesh...very good work!

    14 years ago

  • i really love all the texture

    14 years ago

  • spoo00oky I can't picture thjis guy worrying about a brain he ain't got...

    14 years ago

  • I love how you stipled it - recalling the grainy footage and newspaper pics that are ingrained in all of our memories...

    14 years ago

  • I STILL want this on a T-Shirt

    14 years ago

  • Ever thought of coloring this one? I keep imaginng her with really red hair and blue and green scales...

    14 years ago

  • Makes me wonder if there are vampires and werewolves on our buses and trains as well...

    14 years ago

  • He's got wine, and a license to boink nymphs... what's with the sour face?

    14 years ago

  • dude... all those feathers prove you are either diligently commited to your craft - or SHOULD be committed! seriously, I love this. The depth of expression you can convey with marker and pen strokes is mind boggling. how many days on the bus did this take?

    14 years ago

  • pure awesome... I'm speechless at how much this conveys.

    14 years ago

  • brilliant, as usual !

    13 years ago

  • Magic drawing

    13 years ago

  • No, it does not. But drawing like THIS, it does.

    13 years ago

  • I have been staring at the oil slick for hours. Execellent lines, color, and the humor reminds me of Edward Gorey.

    13 years ago

  • Nice fishies.

    13 years ago

  • Great detail!

    13 years ago

  • So fresh !!

    13 years ago

  • All of your work is absolutely amazing! Thanks to your wife for the Bus Project idea as a way to recover from your 9/11 horror. (I wasn't far from the WTC on that day.)

    13 years ago

  • that's deep and circular...

    13 years ago

  • whimsy, cool.

    12 years ago

  • Awesome drawing! Banner is great!

    12 years ago

  • Awesome! You're a patient man.. :)

    12 years ago

  • dude... I told you I had an idea for a children's book about crows, right. I LOVE this. remind me sometime to tell you about a talking raven I met in Arizona...

    12 years ago

  • Uau!! nice style!!

    12 years ago

  • love it - really nice

    11 years ago

  • ^__^ I like your draw... and your dreams too

    11 years ago

  • dude, this rocks. I've had this vision for a while of an excavator like this on a pile of rubble as a dragon sitting on his treasure hoard. This image reinforces the one in my head AWEsome

    11 years ago

  • great works Thomas!

    11 years ago

  • excellent work

    11 years ago

  • kyaa! this is lovely..

    11 years ago

  • So beautiful!

    11 years ago

  • the country dont matter in this cases... but its a cool work

    11 years ago

  • caw

    11 years ago

  • loveLoveLOVE

    11 years ago

  • NIce work...

    10 years ago

  • killer work!

    10 years ago

  • love the texture on his beak!

    10 years ago

  • nice!

    10 years ago

  • jeez, you rock!

    10 years ago

  • nice

    10 years ago

  • genius portfolio - thru and thru! way to go Thomas!

    10 years ago

  • man, this is beautiful. If I write another kids book about an owl, can this be the cover? ; )

    9 years ago

  • really nice work!

    5 years ago

Thomas Haddad
Drawings from the bus and other moments of misery West Caldwell, NJ