Archives for the month of: September, 2014

I so enjoyed walking along Broadway down to Union Square last week that I did it again. I had time to sketch the fellows who wait for people to play chess with them.

I was there sketching so I wasn’t really paying attention to what was actually going on. Do they just play chess with whoever sits in the other chair? Or is this Chess a money making enterprise. Are they whiling away their time or is it a job?

Then onto the subway to Figure al Fresco. You’ve seen this guy before. He has a set routine to his poses.

I used Zen Brush for these two drawings. I like using it BUT the trash barrel is right next to the little arrow that will send and save the drawing to the camera roll. Guess which button I pushed by mistake after I finished the most perfect rendition of his long pose? Poof. There is no redemption in Zen Brush.

Oh well. I had to leave early and head uptown for the evening. Stay tuned.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
#1&2 – Gridded notebook, Pilot V Ball pen(1) and Pitt Brush Pen (2), drawings photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage.
#3&4 – Apps Used: Zen Brush, ArtRage .

The other one was sitting to my left. The four of us haven’t been in the same place at the same time for Months. We just left Christies where we viewed the Contemporary Asian art that was to be auctioned off in a few days.

After lunch we stood in the middle of the sidewalk and conversed. The tourists had to walk around us for a change.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Pen & Ink and ArtRage.

After lunch I sketched a guy sitting on the big swath of lawn. Really, the lawn area is huge.

This guy was studying studying studying. Memorizing. So intense. Still, he kept glancing at Benedicte, who was in the zone for hours, as she painted the view of the skyscrapers looming over the library.

Lookit this one. A scribble turned out to be my fav of the day.

I took a stroll around the park perimeter and settled on this fellow who was actually sitting with another guy who absolutely refused to be sketched. Not his fault, entirely mine.

The buildings behind him.

Next a quickie while everyone was saying goodbye and all the last minute chit chat. Then I hoofed it back down to Penn Station.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: ArtRage, Sketji, Pen & Ink, Zen Brush, Sketch Club.

Our meeting place was Bryant Park, right behind the big NYC library. I took a few minutes across the street to sketch. I ran out of paper when it came to the Empire State Building. Oops.

Later on I moved a chair to the edge of the big lawn and did another drawing in my notebook.

There were “sailors” and fancy dressed girls cavorting for a photographer and I followed them around for awhile waiting for someone to stay still. These guys sat down while the girls were being the center of attention.

While I was waiting this man stood in front of me and had a lengthy conversation with someone connected with the photo shoot.

I attempted to sketch the carousel. Lots of curlicues and doodads and thingamabobs. Very difficult but the music was wonderful.

When this lady sat opposite me I was grateful.

Then we met up and sat around a table having lunch, sharing sketches and chatting. Stay tuned.

Process:

#1&2: Gridded notebook and Pitt Brush Pen, drawings photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage .
iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Zen Brush, Finngr Pro, ArtRage

The next train was scheduled to leave at 6:01 so I had a bit of time for a coffee.

No one paid any attention to me.

Especially this guy.

(I decided my Figure al Fresco model drawings were just boring so I am canceling Wednesday 2 no matter how loud the clamor even though the post is “written” and ready. It even bores me.)

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Zen Brush, ArtRage

This time I walked from Penn Station, along Broadway to Madison Square, pushed my way through the lunchtime crowds lining up in front of the snazzy food carts/wagons/whatevers (hey! I didn’t know these were here!), kept walking until I reached Union Square, detoured to the ladies room on the third floor of Barnes & Noble, bought a package of three fresh baked oatmeal cookies (for later – yum) in the Farmers Market, rode the #5 subway to Wall Street, continued walking to the ladies room in Battery Park (ahem, largish coffee in Penn Station with my lunch before I started walking) and reached South Cove with enough time to sketch a couple of sketchers.

Since I did a bunch of walking earlier I opted to ride the bus all the way back uptown to Penn Station after the Figure al Fresco session.

I took out iPat and made myself comfortable.

I did get off the bus about five blocks before the station. I could walk quicker than the bus could get through the traffic.

Process:
#1 – Gridded notebook and Pitt Brush Pen, drawing photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage . iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
#2&3 – Apps Used: Zen Brush and ArtRage .

So what? I was just supposed to sit there with glazed eyes waiting for my lunch hour to be over? I don’t think so.

I’m working for her today – Sunday – (yikes…2 days in a row!) but she is taking my shift next Saturday so the world stays in balance for a little longer.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Pen & Ink, ArtRage

When I saw Janet’s iPad portraits in flickr I was excited. How does she do that?

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro , iColorama, and ArtRage for the background paper.

I happened upon the work of Tilley200 in Flickr and saw all the linocut portraits she has done so I stuck with Sketch Club . It seemed fitting.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Sketch Club (vector tool); ArtRage for paper background.

As soon as I saw Margarita’s work on Flickr (wow!) and then her “Instant Matic Self-Portrais (Lo-Mob)” there was nothing else for me to do but hasten to open Sketch Club and have fun with her.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Sketch Club (vector tool); (ArtRage for paper texture and date).