Archives for the month of: October, 2017

More tiny Inktober sketches that I posted on facebook.

#19 A snippet of the display outside of a house converted to a business.

#20 Right in front of my neighborhood deli.

#21 Another house converted to a restaurant around the corner from Walgreens.

#22. I like this one the best.

#23 This store carried Everything. If you suddenly needed toothpaste or the sink backed up it was only 1/2 mile away. Now it is empty. Some landlord thing made them move about 2 miles away. I was there the other day (needed sandwich bags) and saw that the sad location move turned out very nicely – loads more business.

#19 Used the last page of Hahnemühle paper (don’t know exact name) #20-23 Vellum paper (3″x4″ pad), Pilot Parallel Pen, Waterbrush

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I was reading a book on iPat when this guy sat at the next table. So easy to start sketching.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

That’s because, even though I was at work, a cupcake was involved.

The tiny 3″x4″ vellum pad that was part of the symposium swag bag. Pilot Parallel Pen, Waterbrush

The perfect commuters. Neither one of them moved an inch.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

After many hours of sketching at the Dyckman Farmhouse we (there was a record number of NYC Urban Sketchers) crossed Broadway and filled up the beer garden of Inwood Bar and Grill.

Of course everyone sketched everyone else.

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iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

I like this messy drawing way better than the one under it. Plus it was more fun to do. What did I have to lose? Nothing. Again, I moved from the front, around the side and settled behind the Dyckman Farmhouse, sketching as I went.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Charcoal, Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush, Neocolor II

I switched my attention to the sketchers and circled around the Dyckman Farmhouse, stopping here and there, settling on my stool, sketching and then moving to another location. Phew. Much more relaxing than tree sketching.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Charcoal, Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush, Inktense

It seems there is an actual farmhouse still in Manhattan. The Dyckman Farmhouse is located uptown in the lively and interesting neighborhood of Inwood. The NYC Urban Sketchers and Urban Sketchers of Indonesia virtually united to sketch “together” last Saturday to commemorate (per a brochure prepared for us by member Leslie) the signing of the 1667 Treaty of Breda which resulted in…”trade for the islands of Manhattan in New York and Rhun in the Banda Sea, … Indonesia.” Nutmeg was the reason.

On Saturday, I walked around the Farmhouse looking for a place to park myself and sketch. I was struck by the view in the back garden so, with my back to the house I sketched the interesting tree (!) backed by two tall apartment buildings and a rickety looking fence. Then I screwed up the perfectly fine drawing with awful color and no longer liked it. At home I fooled with gouache – didn’t help one bit. Acrylic paint looked awful. But I noticed that the lines from the Pilot Parallel Pen were still showing through the paint. Curious, I painted over everything with gray acrylic to see what would happen. Ordinarily this gray paint makes everything opaque but not then. Strange. But I decided I liked it after all.

Drawing on site, paint added at home.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush, crayons, gouache and three layers of acrylic. Phew. The Alpha pages held up beautifully through all this.

I was in the Met cafeteria one day a couple of months ago. It was late and there was a group of museum employees in front of me. Some kind of facilitator was taking them through some exercises. Yawn.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

I wanted to see how the gouache worked on Alpha paper and decided to also see what would happen if I painted over a piece of collage. The paper gets a bit wavy from the gouache but as far as I’m concerned the reverse is still usable. The glued down collage stayed glued. Copying Diebenkorn is a pleasant way to test art materials.

Stillman and Birn Alpha paper sample, pencil, gouache, collage, glue stick, fun foam stamps and Stayz On pigment ink.