Archives for the month of: September, 2017

Japanese printmaking paper; Monotype ghost print enhanced with gouache, Inktense pencil, Caran d’Ache Neocolor II

The next step was “setting the stage”. Putting what we learned into a sketch with foreground, middle and background. Telling a story or a focal point. I lucked out again.

The park was perfect that day – sunny, comfortable, lots of people to sketch and a well prepped workshop chock full of useful information.

Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook
Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush, Pitt brush pen.

Mark gave us a detailed, multi-page handout and had examples, on his Mac Air, of everything he discussed. We were a multi-media classroom crouched on our stools huddled under the shade of large trees. He explained about standing eye-level and how sitting eye-level sketching of people is different. We discovered that the concept works on light poles – probably everything. We dispersed again to sketch. How lucky was I – a large group of tourists were posing for photographs in front of the fountain. It took them a long time to settle and pose.

Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook
Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush, Pitt brush pen.

Last Saturday a group of NYC Urban Sketchers attended a workshop taught by Mark. We gathered around him in Washington Square Park and listened as he explained concepts, body parts and gave us tips. We dispersed and sketched people for 45 minutes and then circled around him again.

Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook
Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush

Japanese printmaking paper; Monotype ghost print enhanced with gouache, Inktense pencil, Caran d’Ache Neocolor II

Referring to a sketch that had been drawn from life using my iPad while at the Whitney Museum, I drew/painted the image on the copper plate that was used in the monotype process. Oil based printing ink, Arches printmaking paper, etching press.

Referring to a sketch that had been drawn from life using my iPad while in Penn Station, I drew/painted the image on the copper plate that was used in the monotype process. Oil based printing ink, Arches printmaking paper, etching press.

Referring to a sketch that had been drawn from life using my iPad while in Penn Station, I drew/painted the image on the copper plate that was used in the monotype process. Oil based printing ink, Arches printmaking paper, etching press.

Referring to a sketch that had been drawn from life using my iPad while in Penn Station, I drew/painted the image on the copper plate that was used in the monotype process. Oil based printing ink, Arches printmaking paper, etching press.

Jason set us loose to put our new skills to the test. I chose a view that I normally would not attempt. It turned out pretty good as long as you ignore the blaring screwed up perspective of the street. I knew something was wrong and, of course, Jason spotted it immediately. I probably should have fixed it but at the time I was confused and couldn’t figure it out. Now, of course I know how simple the fix would have been. Even casual perspective is has its rough moments.

Leuchtturm1917 sketchbook
Pencil, Sharpie medium pen.