I work one day per week but I still am required to amass 12 continuing education credits per year. (sigh) That’s why I found myself one Friday in the Hotel Pennsylvania conveniently across the street from Penn Station. I picked up my name tag and a folder containing copies of the PowerPoint printouts for the NYC Branch of the American Society for Microbiology’s spring meeting topics. I found a gaggle of co-workers at a large table where we all had coffee and breakfast before heading into the meeting room.

The hotel supplied a pad and ballpoint pen at every place in the large meeting room and, as the first speaker spoke of Ebola, the recent Legionella outbreak, Zika and other things, I sketched with the ballpoint and made notes on the handouts.

The Legionella discussion was interesting because we were involved in it during the Bronx outbreak.


The next speaker’s topic was Nosocomial candidiasis.

I switched to the iPad. That’s the guy talking about Candida. When he was finished it was time for a break and we were supposed to visit the exhibits that the many many sponsors had set up in an adjacent room. I got a cup of coffee and then walked through the exhibits quickly – crowded like a rush hour subway car – then wandered around looking at the view from the 18th floor windows.

I think the drawing below was done before the coffee break because I can still hear “this is real!” in his voice when I read it.

Stay tuned, more to follow tomorrow.

#1,2,3,4 ballpoint pen on PowerPoint handout pages; photographed using iPad and then imported into Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only) #5,6 iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)