Puppets and dolls. Everyone had a companion on Tuesday. Lots of very big and fluffy animals and a very lifelike turtle puppet. Some of the puppets listened carefully and were very philosophical and therapeutic.

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Blick sulphite paper, Zebra, Fudenosuke and Pitt Brush Pens, white Gelly Roll pen

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My goal for the day was to finish the front pages of the zig zag book and at 3:00ish I had done that so I flipped the book over and started sketching on the back pages. All day I was walking back and forth from the cafeteria to the gymnasium, costumed models to nudes, chatting a little with people I knew, eating half my sandwich here and the other half there. At 6:00 the models stopped posing, I finished the last page, felt exhausted, and joined everyone gathering in the cafeteria where we were all given two slices of pizza. Jes and I sat in a little circle of NYC Urban Sketchers, ate and watched the raffle and then headed out for the rest of our plans. We zig zag walked to Rockefeller Center to see the big Christmas tree, along with about a million others. We were packed like sardines – ah, the crowds are back – and with some difficulty we managed to dislodge ourselves to continue our zig zag walk to Times Square which, because it was only about 7:00, was not crowded yet. We were kinda looking forward to the crazy Times Square Saturday night vibe but it wasn’t to be so we continued walking, in a straight line now. Jes turned west at 42nd street – her bus awaited her a few blocks away, and I continued on down Seventh Avenue to Penn Station where, yay!, the train was due in a few minutes.

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Hahnemühle Zig Zag sketchbook, Zebra, Fudenosuke and Pitt Brush Pens, white Gelly Roll pen

Last Saturday was just one big, long, bingeful day of sketching, sketching sketching. And smiling. No frowns were spotted in the cafeteria or gymnasium during the 9 hour Art & Design Draw-A-Thon 16. Pencils, pens, pastels, watercolor, oil paint, short poses and all day long poses, multiple models all at the same time, teenagers and retirees drawing and painting together. I don’t know how many actually but it seemed it could have been a hundred or more – all respectfully silent while the models, costumed and nude, were working. Jes came up from Baltimore and many NYC Urban Sketchers appeared. These drawings were done on the front pages of a Hahnemühle Zig Zag sketchbook which was my goal for the day. But the day wasn’t over yet. Stay tuned.

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Front view:

Hahnemühle Zig Zag sketchbook, Zebra, Fudenosuke and Pitt Brush Pens, white Gelly Roll pen

We posed to musical soundtracks. As usual I didn’t have a clue.

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Blick sulphite paper, Zebra, Fudenosuke and Pitt Brush Pens, white Gelly Roll pen

On the first Thursday of every month we travel somewhere and sketch using Google Street View. There is also a sketching/painting demonstration. Hosted by Eleanor Doughty and Jenny Adam.

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Talens Sketchbook, Zebra, Fudenosuke and Pitt Brush Pens

Tiny Moleskine sketchbook, Zebra, Fudenosuke and Pitt Brush Pens

Moleskine sketchbook, Zebra, Fudenosuke and Pitt Brush Pens

We were celebrating Hans’ birthday this week with smashed presents and thrown dishes. Along the way it was revealed that Dylan’s little daughter bit her brother’s rear end which broke us all up and resulted in a lot of biting confessions and ways to cure the biting bad habit.

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Book structure:

Blick sulphite paper, Zebra, Fudenosuke and Pitt Brush Pens, white Gelly Roll pen

Hair and hats.

Moleskine sketchbook, Zebra, Fudenosuke and Pitt Brush Pens

Forgot about these sketches! Street View World Tour on the first Thursday of the month. Everyone draws from Google street view locations.

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Talens Sketchbook, Zebra, Fudenosuke and Pitt Brush Pens