(Yes. This is going to be a multi-part/day blog post but you all are used to this by now.)

Chapter 1: Intro and a few Death-Defying Demos

On Saturday NYC Urban Sketchers hosted a workshop taught by Tom Thorspecken at Pearl Studios (519 Eighth Avenue) to which approximately a zillion sketchers attended. What a wonderful turnout. I was surprised to see Benedicte and she was astounded to see me. It was a regularly scheduled workday for me but I exchanged it for another day. First Tom spoke for awhile explaining about his methods and showing us sketches and diagrams on a video screen. That’s Mark listening raptly. He comes in handy during Chapter 2 tomorrow.

Benedicte is in front taking copious notes. She also managed to sneak into a sketch by Jeff who earlier saved me from getting knocked down by a bicyclist on Eighth Avenue. Close call.

Now comes the death-defying demos.
Tom actively demonstrated his ideas about how to quickly place constantly moving figures properly.

This particular pose elicited a number of gasps and “be careful!’s.
He stressed the importance of quickly putting down the placement of feet. Sigh. We all have noticed how I try to ignore feet.

He’s a quiet person. Who knew how adventurous he would be.
Also. Noting the horizon line and where the butt is in relation to it.

Stay tuned.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate and (for 1&2) Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)