Archives for the month of: December, 2015

Joan and I finished up our sketching and met up with Mark and a few others at Reservoir Bar a few blocks away. It was the loudest place I’ve ever been. Hundreds of TV screens screaming the same football game. Ugh. It’s one saving grace was the thousands of oblivious sketch worthy football fans.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

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We sketched here until a little after 3:00. I managed to finish the remaining right side page of the pamphlet and stay warm at the same time.

Pamphlet from gallery, collaged newspaper, white acrylic paint, pencil, Pitt Brush Pen.

After warming up around a table at Whole Foods with about ten other sketchers, Mark, Joan and I walked a few blocks down Broadway. We were going to sketch the famous Strand Bookstore. Busy, cold corner. But look! A large Pret à Manger with big plate glass windows, a perfect view, lot of seats, coffee and heat. No question where we set up Strand Sketching Headquarters.

This is the left page of the opened pamphlet.

Pamphlet from gallery, collaged newspaper, white acrylic paint, pencil, Pitt Brush Pen.

This is the continuation of a tiny sliver of the Christmas Market in Union Square Park sketched on the back cover. Later, at our next planned stop, I opened the pamphlet and worked across the inside two halves.

Pamphlet from gallery, collaged newspaper, white acrylic paint, pencil, Pitt Brush Pen.

I turned my stool a quarter turn to the left and started drawing what was in front of me. People came and went and blocked the view. I just waited for them to move.

This is the front of the pamphlet – I started at the right and sketched to the left and onto the back cover.

Pamphlet from gallery, collaged newspaper, white acrylic paint, pencil, Pitt Brush Pen.

It figures. Springlike weather all week, really all month, and last Sunday was the first winter-feeling day and I was headed for outdoor urban sketching. I couldn’t blow it off because, you see, it was taking place in one of my most favorite places! Union Square Park. And, as an extra added incentive, the annual Christmas (Holiday) Market was there to add a giant measure of Super Chaos to the mix. That is why Joan found me at my breakfast spot in Penn Station. Nice surprise. I suppose Susan gave her directions. We had breakfast, I gave a mini ArtRage lesson to introduce her to layers and then we walked the mile plus to the park where we found Mark on his stool, bundled up and sketching. I found the perfect spot to put my stool and sketched for a couple of hours (first time ever with gloves on) and didn’t notice the cold temperature until I stopped to meet the others for lunch.

I had a plan but first I sketched what was in front of me using iPat. Stay tuned.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

The Wednesday before was spent in MOMA attending a special program they have occasionally: Prime Time. On this day we attended a gallery talk led by our favorite educator. Stools were provided, everyone traipsed up to the fourth floor Picasso Sculpture exhibition and settled in front of selected pieces where we were led in a discussion. After about an hour in the galleries we all went back downstairs and were eased through a series of exercises utilizing paper, cardboard, scissors and tape and culminating in a 3D sculpture of our own. Way across the room was a man with white hair and a white beard (! Santa !) so I did a 3D portrait of him. Of course it was exquisite but I trashed it anyway. Forgot to take a pic of it. Duh.

I must have just missed a train because I had about a 45 minute wait which was just fine with me.

My train gate was announced. Had to hustle to get a seat.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

The day started with Susan and I meeting up at my local train station and then having omelets at my usual spot in Penn Station. She was impressed with the sketching opportunities breakfast afforded.

We took the subway up to Lincoln Center and you know what happens next, so, The End.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

I walked out of the park and along the street towards Columbus Circle, found a space between two venders carts and sketched the crowds swirling around the USS Maine National Monument.

Then I walked around Columbus Circle and spotted an angel on the base of the Columbus Monument. Since there was still some time before Susan, Ying and I were to meet on the corner “over there” I made myself comfortable.

We then walked down a few blocks to Dr. Sketchy – but you know all about that.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: #1 Finngr Pro and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)
#2 Gridded notebook, pencil and Sharpie fine pen; photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage

Thrown out of the atrium because of an affair we weren’t invited to, Susan, Ying and I split off from the sketchers who were headed to Lincoln Center and walked over to the chaotic Columbus Circle. We agreed on a time, 3:45, chose a corner to meet up and the three of us went off in different directions.

I found the perfect vantage point, it even had a stone bench, to sketch a sliver of the Columbus Circle Holiday Market without being tossed about by the crowds.

A stroll into Central Park showed me another sketching opportunity and another bench. Metal this time. The weather was spring like and perfect for urban sketching. I totally forgot about/didn’t notice the other wheel that should be holding up the pedicab thing. How lame am I.

A bit more to come.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)