Archives for the month of: July, 2017

Gridded notebook and Pencil/Pitt fine pen, photographed using iPad and then imported into Sketch Club for color. iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

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I have loads of new drawings from Chicago but they must wait until I’m home so I can scan them. But, never fear, I have loads of “old” sketches waiting in the wings.

Gridded notebook and Pencil/Pitt fine pen, photographed using iPad and then imported into Sketch Club for color. iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.

That’s nothing new. You all have come to expect this. I am led to a garden and I look around for the people. I don’t need to engage with them – I need them to sit still.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook; Staedtler pigment liner 07, Pitt Brush Pen

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook; Staedtler pigment liner 07, Pitt brush pen.

Over five hundred sketchers, and, from my admittedly limited viewpoint, the process was well prepared, organized and flowed smoothly and FAST. We were on a long line and then Presto! We weren’t. I’m impressed.

Earlier that morning Mark introduced me to Rob Sketcherman who does super fantastic urban sketches on his iPad using Procreate. He is a joy – brimming with enthusiasm and joie de vivre – plus he remembers the names of everyone he is introduced to – what a guy! Tried to talk him into visiting NYC.

Later that evening, Benedicte and I were waiting for the light to change and a woman comes up to me, asks if I am one of the sketchers, tells me I’m very familiar but doesn’t know from where. She’s a sketcher from Nova Scotia, maybe the only one. “May I see your sketches” she asks, eyeing the book I was clutching. I hand it over, she opens it and “Holy Shit!” escapes from her mouth.

Uma sat next to me at the opening ceremony.
I sketched 56 people today.
I was less grouchy.
A good day.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook; Staedtler pigment liner 07; Pitt brush pen.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook; charcoal

Yesterday was a cold, very wet day and I was wondering how they were going to handle things. Very well, it turned out. Everyone was given a board with a large piece of velum and a large piece of heavy drawing paper. The elevator took us to the Sixth floor library (who knew?) where there was a covered balcony overlooking the museum’s sculpture garden and the old and new buildings across the street. There was graphite, colored pencils, crayon stick things and erasers. I have always been attracted to the buildings on 54th Street and was pleased to have an interesting view of them nestled amongst more modern skyscrapers. Rockefeller lived over there back in the day.

Then we were taken down to the second floor and onto the balcony outside the staff lounge – same view but from a lower vantage point.

We moved to the long corridor outside the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit and faced the buildings on 54th Street through the windows. I sat behind Joy, who was going to move because she thought she was blocking my view. I told her I sat there purposely. I had one of the crayon sticks and very rough watercolor paper. Wrong tool for the wrong paper and I struggled and gave up. But it worked like butter on the velum so I started over, sketched Joy, decided to trace my second drawing since time was passing rapidly. I discovered that the graphite smears really well on velum and got a nice gray.

I had no time to scan the drawings so these are just photos from iPat.

Various papers, graphite, crayon.

I was testing the paper with various pens to see if they bleed or show through to the reverse. Everything works fine. The Uniball Vision writes nicely but smears when painted on.

Stillman and Birn Beta series paper sample; pencil, gouache; Collage, stamping, Staz On pigment ink.

Using a Diebenkorn painting as inspiration to check out another S&B paper and how it works with gouache. Figuring out gouache also.

Stillman and Birn Delta paper sample, pencil, gouache, some crayon, fun foam stamps and Stayz On pigment ink.

A small painting, on a piece of S&B Beta paper, inspired by Diebenkorn. I was experimenting on the paper and practicing using gouache.

Stillman and Birn Beta paper, gouache, hand carved stamp, Staz On pigment ink.