Archives for the month of: April, 2020

Zoom is perfect for portrait parties. I attended this one, from Germany, on Tuesday, and spotted two NYC Urban Sketchers in attendance. I screwed up converting European time to my time and arrived an hour late. Last time I ask Google. Lesson learned. The poses were 6 minutes.

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Talens Sketchbook, Zebra Fine, Fudenosuke & Pitt Brush Pens

Drawing America has quite a few on line events during the week. This was my first time here and the model didn’t disappoint.

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Rhodia sketchbook, Zebra fine, Fudenosuke, Tombow & Pitt brush pens

No technical glitches this time, the poses were great and she was charming.

Lucy greeting us and explaining the timing of the poses.

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Blick sulphite paper, Rhodia sketchbook, Zebra fine, Fudenosuke hard & Pitt brush pens

After lunch we were all assigned to new Breakout Rooms with a different group of sketchers for the 10 minute poses. When the event ended at 3:00 pm facebook was again deluged with our sketches.

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Talens Sketchbook, Zebra, Fudenosuke, Tombow & Pitt Brush Pens, Molotow acrylic paint markers

NYC Urban Sketchers held a portrait party on Zoom with no obvious, to this participant at least, technical glitches. There were 60-70 (?) sketchers involved. We were randomly assigned separate virtual meeting rooms – I can’t remember the proper name for these “rooms” – and we took turns modeling for 10 minutes. At 11:55 am everyone flooded the NYC Urban Sketchers facebook page with our portraits.

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Talens Sketchbook, Zebra, Fudenosuke, Tombow & Pitt Brush Pens, Molotow acrylic paint markers

The opportunities for live figure drawing on line are never ending. So many choices, so little time. This was on Zoom. No technical difficulties at all.

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Blick sulphite paper, Zebra, Fudenosuke & Pitt Brush Pens

This event was from Louisiana. It was hosted on her facebook page. There were technical problems. The live video kept freezing and she was unaware of that. So, frustrated, I decided to sketch the frozen images and that solved the frustration.

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Rhodia sketchbook, Zebra fine, Fudenosuke hard & Pitt brush pens

Dr. Sketchy is even fun while social distancing in the kitchen. This was over You Tube and halfway through they seemed to decide that community standards were being violated and stopped everything. Perplexing. She was clothed. Seems like Zoom is turning out to be the better choice for figure drawing sessions.

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Blick Sulfite paper; Rhodia sketchbook; Zebra fine, Fudenosuke hard & Pitt brush pens

I was able to do another sketch during the afternoon portion of the NYC Urban Sketchers Virtual Event. Using Google images I combined three more items from the list: street vendor, firehouse, American flag on public building. The NYC Urban Sketchers facebook page was flooded with sketches from all over the country and beyond. A successful plan for all of us home bound virus avoiders.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook, Zebra, Fudenosuke, Tombow & Pitt Brush Pens

For the afternoon session of the NYC Urban Sketchers Virtual Event I chose three more items from the list, found Google Images and combined them into one drawing: street repairs, religious clothing, ethnic restaurant.

Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook; Zebra, Fudenosuke & Pitt Brush Pens