On Sunday, November 16, the NYC Urban Sketchers met downtown on Spring Street at the Fire Museum. No, no ,no. We didn’t spend the day toasting marshmallows. Hmm. Not a bad idea.

This museum is filled with everything used to fight fires. I was, as per usual, overwhelmed with all the detail on all the magnificent very old fire engines and equipment and, after spending some time exploring the first floor with my mouth agape – the main water line was a log with the center bored out!! back in the old times – I went up to the second floor.

This floor was also chockablock with more old ornate fire engines, equipment, portraits, doodads on every surface. I rested my eyes on some old illustrations and eased my way into sketching.

I do like sketching wooden sculptures.

Still floundering around I returned to another illustration of this actor in an 1848 NYC play.

Lunch was at a nearby Mexican restaurant. Nicolas is the son of one of the sketchers and seems to have picked up the lunchtime sketching habit as well.

Fortified, I was back on the second floor. Everyone was drawn to this machine.

The previous drawing wore me out so I moved my chair and regrouped.

Ok. Eyes all rested I walked around the displays and found a model of “Red Rover” and then it was time to leave.

Downstairs everyone (there were many) was getting ready to exit the museum when a couple of us (Mark and I) realized we hadn’t sketched Jim. He was all packed up and ready to leave but stood nicely for a couple of minutes (literally) while we sketched him. It’s mandatory.

After that it was off to the Mandatory Bar for show and tell, etc.

Process:
iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used:
#1,2,5,6,7: Finngr Pro and ArtRage
#3: Zen Brush and ArtRage
#8: Sketch Club
#4: Gridded notebook and Pilot V-ball pen/Tombow pen, sketch photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage for color.