Archives for the month of: November, 2014

That’s all I had – a couple of minutes were left of my lunch break – but I had to sketch them. No time to add color until I was home.

Finngr Pro is perfect for the “no time left” sketch. There’s no eraser and no “un-do” so getting fussy and picky is out of the question. What you draw is what you get. Accept it.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and ArtRage

That’s what I saw when they sat down in front of me in the lunchroom. Hard to ignore.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: ArtRage

Ta Da! These are the leftover Frick Collection sketches I did last Wednesday.
That was the end of the day. I still have to show you all the beginning and middle.

I love how the bald guy was situated.

Today, after work, I am going to be super efficient and catch up on remaining sketches and scanning ALL my MOMA collages to date. I am NOT NOT NOT going to take a nap. Not.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Gridded notebook and Pilot V-ball pen, sketches photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage for adding color.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: ArtRage, Substrate.
Referred to a screen shot of a man talking about creativity in a video.

What a day. Yesterday, Wednesday, I got into the city at 10:00 and walked down to Union Square Park. I had to. I started a one page book last week, ran out of time and it seemed like this would be a good day to finish it. Then I took a subway uptown to MOMA and spent 3-1/2 hours channelling Matisse. The Union Square book is 98.65% finished and the MOMA collages (and two little books I made there), which build upon the Union Square sketches, need to be scanned, etc. Blah blah blah.

At 4:30 I left MOMA Studio, bye bye Ken, and walked up to The Frick Collection for Wednesday Night Sketch.

These are the iPad sketches. The ones I did in my gridded notebook need to be painted. It was difficult to see the details in this painting – I was too far away, the lights were dim and I didn’t want to get up and block the view by standing close to inspect things. You know I’m not particularly fond of the artwork in this museum but how could I ignore those red feathers. She was wearing ermine and silk and I tried my best.

We were in the library this time. They seem to rotate the rooms for these Wednesday night things. Thank goodness for small favors.

I’m waiting for them to let us into the room where St. Jerome is hanging (hung?). I feel an affinity for him. A couple of years ago I made a multi-colored fun foam stamp of that painting.

So, a day full of a variety of art making and I also clocked 4.2 miles walking.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: #1 Art Set Pro; #2 Zen Brush and ArtRage; #3 Finngr Pro .

Last Friday, after walking down to Chelsea in order to see the Hockney iPad paintings, I took a bus uptown to 53rd Street, stopped for some lunch and at 1:00 went to “MoMA Studio: Beyond The Cut Outs” in the Education and Research Building.

Now, I had some ideas but wasn’t really sure if they would work. I ate lunch in a deli that, unusually, contained a lot of tables. It soon filled up with construction and office workers on their lunch hour break. I sketched a few of the people with a “cut out” in mind. The green/blue guy on the left was sitting at a table to my right.

The black/red couple sat in front of me. Um. The legs are imaginary.

When I got myself settled at MOMA Studio, walked around procrastinating and after checking out the “situation” I redrew the figures and cut them out with an x-acto blade.

Later though I surprised myself. There was a lady sitting at another table using fabric as her collage medium. Hmm. I picked up a piece of blue paper, my scissors and, eyeballing her as if I were drawing a contour line, was able to cut out her figure and then a couple of stools. Below you can see I used both the positive and negative shapes.

The fellow below, on the left) was one of a group of teenagers who dropped in, played around with paper, scissors, glue and then left. He was wearing a hoodie.

It wasn’t crowded so I felt comfortable assembling the collages right on the copier. On busier days when this would be “piggy” and selfish I will just temporarily adhere the various elements with a little dab of glue stick, copy and quickly unstick them and rearrange things back at my work area.

I like how the copies make all the parts appear more coherent. I prefer it.
These copies are part of a plan but it is early days still and I’m curious to see what will transpire.

Just now, as I finished writing this blog post, I realized that I had journaled my day with paper and scissors. I didn’t even consider this. Cool.

Process: Cut out elements from various papers with x-acto blade and/or scissors. Either: Assemble parts on MoMa Studio’s copier, print. Rearrange/add elements, print. Or: glue down all the bits and pieces.

Figure al Fresco has ended until next May. Sob sob oh woe and another sob.

But. I’m finished sobbing now.

Something else, in Midtown, totally free, is taking its place. Different.

Exciting. There’s so much going on in this city.

I think one thing will influence the other.

I took part last Friday and I was pleasantly pleased but I’m looking forward to evolving. Gosh. I hope I evolve.

Pictures tomorrow.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: All were painted using Art Set Pro.
Drawings: I don’t remember. One was Zen Brush, a few were Art Set Pro and the last was Sketch Club . Something like that.

On my way to Figure al Fresco on Wednesday I have started taking a Big Detour. In reality, all I have to do is hop on the #1 subway right inside Penn Station and get off at Rector Street or South Ferry.

Instead, my new favorite route is to exit Penn Station and zig zag walk downtown and eastward and then straight on Broadway through Madison Square Park until I reach 17th Street and enter Union Square Park.

On Wednesday there is a very large, colorful and Crowded Farmers Market. I walk along, looking at everything and buying one thing for later in the evening. Yum. Then I circumnavigate the entire park looking for the exactly right spot to begin sketching.

You know. The bench that enables me to sit opposite people totally involved with their phone appendage, lunch or conversation. I do avoid the one or two enclaves of “shady characters”.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Gridded notebook and Tombow brush, sketches photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage for painting.

People of the Pad

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

People of the Pad

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Sketji and ArtRage