Part 1: Looking Down.
Angel = urban Sketcher Svetlana.
She produced her ID, we each obediently flashed our driver’s license, gate thingies and elevator doors electronically opened, and we found ourselves looking down at Times Square and across miles of Manhattan rooftops.
When walking down the street, any street, or even on the High Line, you glance up or “over there”, one or two water towers come into view. Then you turn around and see another. As we looked out of that 23rd floor window we looked down on hundreds, seemed like zillions, of water towers. The view was so vast and low they seemed all bunched together, like cliques in a schoolyard at lunchtime.
After we went down to the lobby to pick up another sketcher (Mark gave her our location over the phone), Svetlana took us up to the 15th floor and a view of Times Square from above. Flashing lights, hoards of cabs, construction, teeny tiny people – probably all tourists – scurrying here and there and everywhere.
I did the only thing possible. I removed my glasses and just dived right in.
I forgot to snap a pic when on the 23rd floor but remembered to do it while on this floor just before we packed it in for the day. Too bad. The view from the upper floor, with bright sunlight streaming through the window (westward, I’m thinking) and a glimpse of river in the distance, showed a completely different city: older, packed tightly together, no sequins and flash.
On this floor we were reminded that midtown skyscrapers dominate this area.
We were in a corner meeting room. This was the view a couple of the other sketchers chose.
iPad; ArtRage app; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
iPad took the photos after sketching was finished for the day.
I completed these three drawings in situ – from direct observation – no fiddling with them later.