Archives for the month of: July, 2016

The NYC Urban Sketchers spent the day on a crowded, colorful, noisy 17th Street a couple of weeks ago. The street was closed off, crafts were being crafted, food was eaten, a wagon full of ice cream was spotted weaving through the crowds and I found a stoop to sit on and sketch.

Moving down the block I found another good spot to open up my stool (no, I did not fall off of it) and more busy people. To my left a stage was set up and I couldn’t see the dancing but the music was clear and fun. The whole day was a Nepalese celebration of the monsoon, of the seasons, and as if that wasn’t enough the museum was wide open and free for everyone to explore and even relax in.

Sketched and colored from direct observation. Color was corrected and cleaned up later at home. iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

Paula and I, after Figure al Fresco, took the train up to Bryant Park to sketch during the free Wednesday evening Accordion Festival. We dragged some chairs near this group – it was difficult to hear their music but we had a fine view for sketching. By the time people started to stand and sit in front of us we were finished. There were other groups scattered around the perimeter of the park and I wish I had spotted the bluegrass singer with his accordion earlier but I was to tired to hang out any longer.

Sketched from direct observation. Color added later at home. iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only)

A grueling subway ride downtown – grueling because there was some sort of power thingy happening at 86th Street – took me more than an hour to get to Figure al Fresco. One train wasn’t running downtown so I had to walk underground to catch another line and it was hot hot hot under there. I missed the quickie beginning poses.

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

Lunch and another sketch in air conditioned splendor in Pret across the street from the park.

Sketched from direct observation. Color added later at home.
Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; mechanical pencil, Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pens.

I hung out in Union Square Park for about an hour.

Sketched from direct observation. Color added later at home.
Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; mechanical pencil, Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pens.

Before Johnny became an angel he was Mr. Peanut for awhile.

So I sketched some sketchers.

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

Everybody split up after saying goodbye to the Oldest tree in Central Park and Mark and I got on another screwed up Sunday West Side Subway, got off at Columbus Circle, walked to 54th and entered Flûte Bar. Dr. Sketchy is always a fun way to end a busy day.

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One of the contests was to sketch Johnny in heaven or hell. I usually get absolutely no ideas during these contests but the lightbulb flashed on while I was sketching him this time.

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

The Rite Aide manager allowed us to use the employee restroom, the friendly deli lady made us yummy sandwiches which we carried onto the subway (ugh – trains on that day were a confusing mess) and after a walk across Central Park we found the Oldest tree in the park. This time, after I fell off my stool while trying to balance on a hill, knocking over Marks tripod, landing upside down so I couldn’t get up, I sketched the sketchers sketching the old tree. I threw in a not so old tree for atmosphere.

Drawn and colored on location.
Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; mechanical pencil, Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pens.

A couple of weeks ago there was a “tree” theme for the NYC Urban Sketchers Sunday outing. First stop was W163rd Street and St. Nicholas Avenue where, next to a nondescript apartment building, the Dinosaur resides. This is a giant tree, 110′ tall, under which George Washington supposedly stood. I sat under it and sketched the scene across the street while the other sketchers drew the tree which is so big they didn’t even notice me.

Drawn and colored on location.
Moleskine journal; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; mechanical pencil, Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pens.

Late lunchers.

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#1 sketched on a paper towel, Pitt fine pen; photographed using iPad and then imported into Sketch Club to add color. #2 Apps Used: Procreate and Sketch Club (ArtRage used for texture only) iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.