Category Archives: Brainstorming

Drawings of Skulls

Skulls here! Getcha skulls here! These drawings of skulls were used in the design for a landscape I did in memory of Steve Carlesi. These were done in my sketchbook on a beautiful day at the beach with my wife. It’s a bit strange to draw something like this in the presence of beach-goers, but once I go into my little world it doesn’t matter.

Both images below will take you to the final piece. All money earned from the sale of the landscape will go to the family of Steve. Three different sizes are offered and pricing starts as low as $10.00.

Illustrations of skulls for Steve Carlesi project

A large poster (24" x 36") I designed in memory of Steve. All money from the sale of this poster will be given to Steve's wife and children. It is printed on lustre paper and is priced at $75.00. My watermark does not print on the final piece. (Christopher John Sztybel)

Screaming Child on an Airplane

This drawing was inspired by the child that would not shut her damn mouth from Newark all the way down to Nashville. I had to distract myself somehow and unfortunately did not have headphones with me. I would have drawn something depicting this child being thrown from the plane, but I am sure the airline frowns upon that type of behavior. This was drawn in Adobe Ideas using my Toshiba Thrive tablet.


“Annie Leibovitz At Work”

One of my favorite photographers is Annie Leibovitz and I had the chance to read this book during a recent vacation. I enjoyed the non-gloating tone of the book even though it featured amazing work. Some of it very iconic and familiar in pop culture. She describes what drove her to pick up a camera and how it’s important to shoot with a passion for the subject matter. Although she does describe some of the equipment she has used over the years, the main message is connecting with the subject.

In my opinion that is what lacks in almost every photo I consider to be bad. Instagram is great, but I’ll be damned if half the photos on there aren’t of the same exact Friday night over and over. Do yourself a favor and pick up “Annie Leibovitz At Work”. It’s an easy read, but it’s full of great stories about what inspires an artist.


Central Park Bar/Restaurant in Linden, New Jersey

Central Park, formerly the Cavalier Diner, is a great place to grab a bite to eat. During the day it’s a casual/quasi-upscale restaurant. Most entreees are priced around $20.00 and there is an extensive wine/cocktail list as well as an equally impressive sushi list.

During the night they move many of the tables out of the restaurant and the space is transformed into a nightclub. DJs and dozens of large high definition televisions are mounted to the walls. If you enjoy sports, this would be a great place to watch every major sporting event.

Here is a photo of my burger. I love the “CP” branding on the bun. Nice touch!

Central Park cheeseburger with loads of mushrooms...MMMMMM!