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I covered one side of the Kraft paper the first hour hour.

The next hour I flipped it over and covered the back with thick waxy lines.

After 4 hours I had achieved exactly what I came for – 2 sheets covered front and back. I wasn’t interested in the competition. One look around revealed that some very serious artists had shown up. Maybe I was the only one relaxed and having fun?

At the end of the evening, while drawings were being presented to the judges, I slipped my sketch-covered Kraft paper back into the pad. The first part of my plan was successfully finished. At home in the following days the next part, painting, folding and binding the drawings into a book went exactly as I envisioned it.

Kraft paper (both sides of two sheets), mechanical pencil, lithography pencil. At home: acrylic paint; waxed thread for binding into an 8 page pamphlet.

The other week found me in The Salmagundi Club where the Drawing New York Meetup Group organized a Portrait and Figure Drawing competition. There were three models. One figure model assumed the same pose for the entire 4 hours, one changed position each hour and the portrait model also kept the same pose for the duration. Every 20 minutes there was a break.

My attention wanders so every time my model took a break I moved to another spot and sketched the same pose from a different angle.

We were all obeying Simon’s exhortations for silence during the poses.

Since everyone was so focused no one noticed me scratching away on some brown Kraft paper with a clunky waxy lithography pencil. I wasn’t going for finesse – I had a plan.

Kraft paper (both sides of two sheets), mechanical pencil, lithography pencil. At home: acrylic paint; waxed thread for binding into an 8 page pamphlet.

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.

A handful of the NYC Urban Sketchers took the subway (F train?) up to 14th Street. We were headed to the NYC Plein Air Paint-Out in Union Square. Oops. We all forgot about the massive Gay Pride Parade and when we hit the street from the underground we discovered that it was separating us from the park. Millions (not exaggerating) of smiling happy spectators, floats, bands, balloons and cops between us and where we wanted to be.

Anyway. Everything has a solution. By the time we arrived in the park I was hot and pooped so, since I know this place, I walked around until I spotted this interesting group in conjunction with a shady bench and I went to work.

Refreshed after an hour of sketching in the shade I went searching for Mark, checking out all the plein air oil painters I passed, and found him plein airing in the middle of lawn sun bathers. I walked around and found my next victim and asked her if she minded. “Not at all” she replied.

While I was sketching Jeff turned up and left me in charge of his stuff while he went in search of the restroom. He came back with bottles of cold water and cookies. Just what was needed. Now, this blond woman comes around, ascertains that we are NYC Urban Sketchers and asks if we have seen Jason Das. No, we haven’t. But then, during conversation, Jeff and Susan discover that they are Instagram friends – a couple of years – small world. Mark shows up and as per usual he starts sketching and I sketch and everybody is sketching. The parkies come by and inform us that the lawn area of the park will be closing and we have to leave. That’s when we run into Jason Das.

It was about 8:00 now. The others decided to go somewhere for a beer, but, it takes so long for me to get home, I decided to leave them and walk up to Penn Station. I actually had the right amount of energy left. Problem. The parade was between me and where I wanted to be again. I walked uptown asking cops along the way where the end of the parade was. Fortunately at 30th Street they were opening the barriers and I scurried westward.

I slept really well that night.

The End.

Class brochure from an art school, cut down to a smaller size, collaged with book pages, gessoed. Binding is a hair scrunchy thingy – perhaps someday it will be pamphlet bound. Drawn on location while on the Lower East Side and Union Square one Sunday with the NYC Urban Sketchers. Pencil, Sharpie Fine pen, Pitt brush pens.