After a full day in the city I got the Bright Idea that, instead of running for the train which would leave in a couple of minutes, I should take out some CHARCOAL (!) and sketch the commuters leaning against the big new pharmacy in the station. I was happy with the drawing but got another Bright Idea. At home I fixed the sketch with a spritz of hair spray and then re-sketched using an ink marker. Happier.

Sketched from direct observation, reworked at home.
Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook; charcoal, Higgins Black Magic Ink marker; Pitt Brush pens; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip).

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My friends and I were in and out of a gazillion galleries along Madison Avenue and down streets westward and eastward during Master Drawings Week at the end of January. In one, filled with drawings and paintings of birds, flowers and maps, was a room containing a Picasso, things by some of his friends and this Matisse. Shirley was copying an old master drawing so, “I’ll be down by the Matisse” I said as I headed for the stairway down. I had just enough time to quickly sketch and make some color notes.

Sketched on location. Color finished at home.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

JKPP = Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (referred to photo put on JKPP Flickr Group supplied by subject for this purpose)

Moleskine sketchbook; Higgins Black Magic Ink marker.

JKPP = Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (referred to photo put on JKPP Flickr Group supplied by subject for this purpose)

Moleskine sketchbook; Higgins Black Magic Ink marker.

JKPP = Julia Kay’s Portrait Party (referred to photo put on JKPP Flickr Group supplied by subject for this purpose)

Moleskine sketchbook; Higgins Black Magic Ink marker.

One morning, on my way to Walk The Mall, there was an unplanned detour. Seems I picked up an annoying nail somewhere.

Tiny Vellum pad; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen.

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Tiny Vellum pad; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

This is from a photo my friend sent to me.

Moleskine sketchbook; Higgins Black Magic Ink marker.

I see this guy in the mall almost every time. He’s appeared in two previous sketches.

I left the mall, and 40% coupon grasped in my hand, went to Michael’s for a Higgins Black Magic Ink marker. Of course there was a long line and two cashiers. No problem.

Started another new tiny pad on that day – Paula’s gift to me.

Tiny Vellum pad; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

When I go to the mall, which has about two zillion parking spots – covered or open to the elements, ground level or a couple of levels up and even down – I park in the farthest-from-the-door spot that I feel safe in depending on the time of day. A walk of 40 minutes will give me my minimum goal and is planned to intersect with the fancy food court which is at the farthest point from the exit which will take me to my car. Ahh. I can sit and draw and look like I’m resting before I continue walking with renewed energy.

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(This are the last drawings in this tiny pad which was given to me by Paula.) Tiny Hahnemühle pad; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen