Archives for the month of: July, 2015

I thought, since I’ve been drawing all month on 2-1/2″ x 3-1/2″ roughly-applied-acrylic-paint-covered playing cards and it is Very Very Hot and Humid, that this was a much better idea than “combine as many topics as you can into a single sketch”.

And.

Yum. I don’t care if you disagree.

(No, I did not eat 31 of them!)
Drawn from direct observation quickly – remember, it is very hot.
EDiJuly=Every Day in July, Playing Cards, acrylic painted background, Sharpie Ultra Fine, Fine and/or Medium pens; Pitt Brush Pens; commercial alphabet and number stamps.

#28 “Three Ornaments from a Bridle”; mid-17th century; India; Islamic; Medium: Silver; stamped, punched, gilded.
From the Met’s website: “In paintings of Mughal courtly life, horses and elephants appear as richly adorned as their royal riders. These silver pairs of fish were fabricated from stamped and punched silver and arranged in rows on horses’ bridles in seventeenth century India. The motif of the fish appeared on Mughal decorative objects as part of their royal insignia.”

# 29 It seems that, unbeknownst to me, I have a hobby. I am happy when I reach Penn Station and discover that my train just pulled out. This forces me to take out my iPad, sketchbook, Gelli printed playing cards, wrinkled paper bag and/or gessoed gallery brochure and sketch commuters. Yes! Commuters are my hobby. I have hundreds of faceless train waiters scattered all over the place. I thought pears were my problem but I’ve just been kidding myself.

#30 This is what invariably happens: let’s suppose I’m joining my urban sketching friends for several hours of of outdoor sketching and lunch will be consumed on the spot. Well, I typically will pick something up in Penn Station (and will sketch a commuter or two if I have enough time) to eat later and also a bottle of water because, intellectually, I realize I should drink something besides coffee. I never drink the water. It winds up in my refrigerator at the end of the day, along with water from airlines and the free ones water company representatives pass out on the street. So, is this select grouping of disparate water bottles (full) a thinly disguised hobby or just a blatant collection?

Drawn from direct observation. EDiJuly=Every Day in July, Playing Cards, acrylic painted background, Sharpie Ultra Fine, Fine and/or Medium pens; Pitt Brush Pens; commercial alphabet and number stamps.

I drew the building from a few weeks ago (downtown when Gwen was here) from ny memory. I did it on top of a make believe fooling around still-life and left the random colors of the strange fruit.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: don’t remember. It looks like only ArtRage.

Before I arrived at Figure al Fresco, last Wednesday, I first hung out in Union Square Park and before that I had brunch (Central Market – they cook your omelette to order) and a bit of hanging out time in Penn Station’s waiting room.

I know. I spend entirely too much time in the waiting room but I have come to a conclusion about that. In a couple of days I will reveal that “truth”.

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

#25 I found this right in the same display where I discovered the aquamanile I sketched a few weeks ago. I never noticed it hanging there at the time.
Lion mask door pull, ca. 1425–50
Germany; Nuremberg; Copper alloy
From a card on the wall, in the Met, next to the door pull: “Door pulls in the form of lion masks were a feature of many medieval churches throughout the Middle Ages. Such pulls functioned not only as decorative door hardware but also as sanctuary rings, symbols of the protection the church offered to those fleeing legal prosecution and other dangers.”

#26 & 27 I didn’t have to go traipsing very far to find these items.

Drawn from direct observation. EDiJuly=Every Day in July, Playing Cards, acrylic painted background, Sharpie Ultra Fine, Fine and/or Medium pens; Pitt Brush Pens; commercial alphabet and number stamps.

Before taking the subway to Figure al Fresco, last Wednesday, I walked to Union Square Park and hung around for about 1-1/2 hours.

You know what I was doing.

Oops. Time to leave. I had to hurry up and finish this one.

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

After Figure al Fresco, last Wednesday afternoon, I walked towards South Ferry to catch the bus with a kind of half-hearted indecisive decision to maybe perhaps take the subway instead. I was feeling so good after the whole day of sketching that, when I discovered a different bus stop not quite all the way down at the end of Manhattan, I just stood in a patch of shade and didn’t care how long I had to wait. I watched the Statue of Liberty trip hawkers cajole tourists and eyed the ice cream truck just “over there”. Finally the bus came, and, look at what was waiting for me. A brand new baby, calm mother and a homeless guy with bus fare.

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

#22 I found this small statue in one of the galleries at the Met. First I made a practice sketch since it seemed so intricate. Then I whipped out the next playing card and sketched for real.
“Two girls playing a game known as ephedrismos”; late 4th–3rd century B.C.
Greek, Corinthian; Terracotta;

From the Met’s website: “This terracotta group depicts two young girls playing ephedrismos. …the game involves throwing balls or pebbles at a stone in an attempt to overturn it. The player who fails to do so is blindfolded and must run to touch the stone while carrying the winner on her back. Here the little girl carries her companion but does not have her eyes covered. Both young girls are dressed in chitons and have red curly hair. The rider, the obvious winner, wears a stephanos, or crown; the carrier wears a thick floral wreath.”

#23 A detail from the cover of “The Expressionists”, Wolf-Dieter Dube. This is a detail of the painting by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, “Self Portrait with Model”, 1910. A few days before drawing this I did a iPad sketch and painting of the whole thing (except the easel held in his hand at the left edge of the book cover because I didn’t realize what it was until I was finished – thought it was just a schmear of expressionistic paint.)

#24 This is me drawing the reflection of my hand as it is drawing. Not so easy.

It kept moving.

Drawn from direct observation. EDiJuly=Every Day in July, Playing Cards, acrylic painted background, Sharpie Ultra Fine, Fine and/or Medium pens; Pitt Brush Pens; commercial alphabet and number stamps.

The model was a mucho muscular, very friendly fellow yesterday. He started the one and two minute poses with typical Muscle Man Magazine poses but fortunately the educator/facilitator got him to relax for the longer poses.

I get restless during these long poses so I thought I would fool around and draw the negative space around him and then refine (ahem) the drawing.

Then I sketched the same pose, hoping the experience of just drawing it would help. At any rate, doing it a second time, but with a different approach kept the process interesting to me and I made it out the other side of a 20-minute pose unscathed.

He was wearing khaki colored shorts. I Really Dislike using that color in my sketches so I brightened him up a bit.

This was the last pose. It was really fun to be able to stare at his six-pack unabashedly. And his pecs – don’t forget them!

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

This is the digital version of the recycling facility I sketched while sitting in my car with the AC on. I had just finished sketching it on a small playing card (see yesterday’s blog post) and wanted to do an iPat version. I painted it at the same time but, aside from being surprised at being able to draw a building with so many “things” attached to it, I was a bit underwhelmed so I later added the gridded sky and some graffiti.

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