Archives for the month of: November, 2016

I wanted to take the bus up to The Met but, before I realized it, I discovered I had walked most of the way and just kept going. The plan was to re-visit the Beckmann exhibition but I wasn’t in the mood so I just wandered aimlessly around. I was pleased to discover, in the prints corridor, everything was new to me. More wandering tired me out so I decided a coffee in the cafeteria was necessary.

Pitt Fine pen, daily schedule of museum events pamphlet: photographed using iPad and then imported into Sketch Club for color.

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I met up with Shirley, Benedicte and Eunice on Election Day to see “Max Beckmann in New York. The exhibition is large and contains many works I hadn’t seen. The portraits were all perfect and I wanted to copy them all but iPat gets very heavy when she is excited and my arm was screaming. This is an area I will visit again for sure.

As stated on The Met’s website: “This exhibition puts a spotlight on artist Max Beckmann’s special connection with New York City, featuring 14 paintings that he created while living in New York from 1949 to 1950, as well as 25 earlier works from New York collections. The exhibition assembles several groups of iconic works, including self-portraits; mythical, expressionist interiors; robust, colorful portraits of women and performers; landscapes; and triptychs.”

This time I was able to complete the drawing and painting while still in the museum.
iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro and Sketch Club

And, yes, I could have drawn the long line of artists snaking around and up to the pizza ladies, or the pizza eaters, but, truth be known, it didn’t even occur to me. Bleh. I am so empty headed at times.

Panels e-h were drawn with regular crayola crayons, any color that would show up on the gray. Then I colored using Caran d’Ache Neocolor II, waterbrush and later Pitt Brush Pen while on site. Black gesso and white acrylic were used later at home. The background is fictional.

This model was also doing an all day pose. I was really annoyed at myself for losing track of time and not getting in more sketchers.

Panels e-h were drawn with regular crayola crayons, any color that would show up on the gray. Then I colored using Caran d’Ache Neocolor II, waterbrush and later Pitt Brush Pen while on site. Black gesso and white acrylic were used later at home. The background is fictional.

At 6pm I was caught by surprise because Pizza appeared and then a raffle and the models were done. No more sketchers to draw so I ate. I should have drawn the eaters but I was hungry.

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Panels e-h were drawn with regular crayola crayons, any color that would show up on the gray. Then I colored using Caran d’Ache Neocolor II, waterbrush and later Pitt Brush Pen while on site. Black gesso and white acrylic were used later at home. The background is fictional.

This model was part of a pair that were holding the same pose all day. Well, of course they took many needed breaks but you knew that. I happened to swing my chair around and caught this pose. For some very unfathomable reason she was super easy to draw. Not complaining.

Drawn on a long folder from an auction house, painted with black and white gesso (=gray). Panels a-d drawn with pencil, then Sharpie fine pen. Pencil, poorly erased, interfered with the flesh color.

Colors were Caran d’Ache Neocolor II with water brush on location. White is acrylic and black is gesso – added at home. Background is totally make believe fiction.

This model was doing short and 15 minute poses. She was very good and was having a lot of fun continually changing outfits.

Drawn on a long folder from an auction house, painted with black and white gesso (=gray). Panels a-d drawn with pencil, then Sharpie fine pen. Pencil, poorly erased, interfered with the flesh color.

Colors were Caran d’Ache Neocolor II with water brush on location. White is acrylic and black is gesso – added at home. Background is totally make believe fiction.

I ran into quite a few NYC Urban Sketchers in the closed off gym. They were busy with the nudes and talking about lunch.

Drawn on a long folder from an auction house, painted with black and white gesso (=gray). Panels a-d drawn with pencil, then Sharpie fine pen. Pencil, poorly erased, interfered with the flesh color.

Colors were Caran d’Ache Neocolor II with water brush on location. White is acrylic and black is gesso – added at home. Background is totally make believe fiction.

Sketches done while at High School of Art and Design in NYC, 6th Draw-a-Thon, 10 am to 7 pm.  I strolled in at noon but next time I’ll arrive earlier.  I killed four Sharpie pens that day.

Drawn on a long folder from an auction house, painted with black and white gesso (=gray). Panels a-d drawn with pencil, then Sharpie fine pen. Pencil, poorly erased, interfered with the flesh color.

Colors were Caran d’Ache Neocolor II with water brush on location. White is acrylic and black is gesso – added at home. Background is totally make believe fiction.

One day, a couple of Sundays ago, I joined Simon Leventhal’s Drawing New York MeetUp Group, for a 4-hour gouache workshop taught by illustrator Jenny Kroik. It was a very thorough lesson on the properties and use of the paint, paper and brushes. She discussed drawing quick thumbnails to solidify your design idea before committing it to the good paper. Then everyone started painting. I referred to a photo I snapped in Chelsea of a long line of construction workers on their lunch break and winnowed it down to a few of them and a vertical layout. Time simply flew by. iPat was a little annoyed that her role in this adventure was only as a Displayer of the Inspiration.

Watercolor paper (140 lb, Arches I think), referred to one of my photos, pencil, watercolor brushes, water, gouache, Pitt fine pen.