Archives for the month of: June, 2016

After sketching the obligatory Degas I turned my attention to the other sketchers.

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

They opened a couple of different galleries in the Frick Collection for us on this evening. I arrived a bit late so there were already sketchers busy at work. I walked through both galleries, scanning the walls, until I spotted something I wanted to copy – a Degas. I had to fit my stool behind some people but I had a good, if distant, view. I decided not to stress the details, chose a section of the painting that would be an interesting snippet and sketched in my gridded Moleskine what I could make out or, what I thought I was seeing. When I decided the drawing was complete I walked up to the painting and, careful not to block the other’s view, checked out some details that puzzled me, in particular the ballerina’s fingers. I reworked them while I could see them close up. The other bits I wanted to check seemed to be basically ok so I called the drawing “done” and made some color notes in the margins for referral when at home.

Gridded notebook and pencil, photographed using iPad and then imported into Sketch Club where color was added, at home, while referring to a photo from the Frick’s website. Lines were gone over with pen later at home before photo was taken. ArtRage used for texture only.

Next stop after lunch in Union Square was Figure al Fresco down on South Cove. John was the model again and I struggled with his poses this time.

So I sketched the sketchers to amuse myself and combined drawings.

Stay tuned. It was a long day.

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

I walked down to Union Square Park and hung around for a bit of time before lunch. I did this awkward drawing – the other people walked off and left me with only these two – it’s a wonder that guy leaning on thin air didn’t fall over.

Then I swiveled around and spotted Abe but somehow neglected to draw his beard. In my defense I will state that he was quite a distance away from where I was sitting.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
#1 Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)
#2 Gridded notebook and Pencil/pen, photographed using iPad and then imported into Sketch Club. Color was added later at home – that’s why it is all wrong.

My photo hanging on the wall at work. I entered three photos and, out of 300 (or was it 500?) this was one of the handful of photos chosen to adorn the workplace. Cool, huh?

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Was it taken with my Canon point and shoot or with iPat? For the life of me I can’t remember.

Across the room, in a shadowy area, there is a vertical magazine storage box with papers, pamphlets, items other people have mailed to me, postcards, etc. The box is overstuffed and things extend out of it in a ragged pattern. I glanced over and saw this woman’s form and I quickly drew it. Later on I went over for a closer look and couldn’t find her. All there was to be seen were overlapping papers. Oh well. The eyes play games with the brain every so often. I sat back down and looked over and could no longer see her. But, Lo and behold, a few days ago she was back and I can even see her now, as I type this.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: ArtRage with a bit of collage. I decided to play a game with her.

Sigh. One by one my co-workers took seats at my table. They did it on purpose. I turned up the volume on the radio program pulsing through my ear buds. Then my supervisor sat right in front of me so I took out iPat and set it on top of my open book. Anyone who sits in front of me is fair game. It’s one of the Universal Laws.

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

It looks like it was a day filled with food but in between I spent a nice couple of hours in MOMA. I was in time for a “Gallery Experience” and was pleasantly surprised when I discovered it wasn’t “just” a talk. The educator was comparing Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” and Matisse’s “Dance” and handed out paper and pencils and gave us five minutes to draw each painting and then compare and contrast blah blah blah. It was such fun copying paintings that never occurred to me to attempt. My Picasso turned out a bit (lot) wonky but my Matisse wasn’t half bad. Unexpected fun with dilated eyes. (No, you’re not seeing them – just pencil scribbles.)

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

I had time for breakfast and a couple of sketches before my appointment.

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

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