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Back cover & flap

Referred to monotypes which were done while referring to iPad sketches which were drawn from life while in various places in Manhattan. Strangers and friends. Matisse portraits and self-portraits were roughly copied from the book Matisse Portraits. This was a rehearsal to see how long it took to cover both sides of all the pages and to see if this paper was suitable. I have a plan.

Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

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Referred to monotypes which were done while referring to iPad sketches which were drawn from life while in various places in Manhattan. Strangers and friends. Matisse portraits and self-portraits were roughly copied from the book Matisse Portraits. This was a rehearsal to see how long it took to cover both sides of all the pages and to see if this paper was suitable. I have a plan.

Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

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Referred to monotypes which were done while referring to iPad sketches which were drawn from life while in various places in Manhattan. Strangers and friends. Matisse portraits and self-portraits were roughly copied from the book Matisse Portraits. This was a rehearsal to see how long it took to cover both sides of all the pages and to see if this paper was suitable. I have a plan.

Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

A fellow NYC Urban Sketcher, Gina, reminded me of Teesha Moore’s 16 page book structure which consists of three long pieces of paper that are folded and then bound with a pamphlet stitch. Some years ago I made a few of these and that gave me an idea. I decided to make a “rehearsal” book to test the feasibility of an idea and the materials I wanted to use.

I set up iPat and referred to my monotypes that referenced sketches that were drawn from life while in Manhattan. I noticed a large library book on my table, “Matisse Portraits”, opened it and randomly, roughly copied various portraits and self-portraits on the, as yet unbound strips of paper (approx. 8″x20″). I wanted to see how long it would take to cover each side (6 long sides) and how the paper would react to the waterbrush (no problem). The whole process: charcoal drawing, use of waterbrush, addition of watersoluble graphite and spraying of fixative (hairspray), took six hours and left me as exhausted as if I had been in an all day workshop.

The next day I decided white acrylic paint (3 hours) added to the already charcoal-drawn background would liven things up a bit.

If you look carefully you can see the small flap fold mark on the front cover above and the first page below.

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Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

I knew exactly where I would find lots of shade and people standing around so I headed into the park and wasn’t disappointed. I soon finished sketching on the last empty bit of the paper bag, the book was completed. Time to walk to Penn Station.

Fini.

Sketched on a paper bag from Europa Cafe; Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra 9B watersoluble graphite, waterbrush. Pitt black brush pen. A bit of Sharpie Medium pen for some face, etc. details.

I resumed walking until I reached Madison Square Park. More sketching. For the life of me I don’t know why I sat there under the blazing sun. I drew this as fast as I could and went in search of some shade.

Sketched on a paper bag from Europa Cafe; Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra 9B watersoluble graphite, waterbrush. Pitt black brush pen. A bit of Sharpie Medium pen for some face, etc. details.

I guess this was a bit of an intermission. I sat and sketched inside Pret on 17th Street and had a yogurt.

Sketched on a paper bag from Europa Cafe; Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra 9B watersoluble graphite, waterbrush. Pitt black brush pen. A bit of Sharpie Medium pen for some face, etc. details.

At Union Square I walked around until I found the right combination of a shady bench and oblivious people.

Sketched on a paper bag from Europa Cafe; Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra 9B watersoluble graphite, waterbrush. Pitt black brush pen. A bit of Sharpie Medium pen for some face, etc. details.

I strolled around Washington Square Park a bit, spotted some people, noticed a tree and snippets of buildings and sat and sketched. Then I got an ice cream with rainbow sprinkles and walked north on University Place heading towards the next park. The weather was lovely and I felt really good.

Sketched on a paper bag from Europa Cafe; Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra 9B watersoluble graphite, waterbrush. Pitt black brush pen. A bit of Sharpie Medium pen for some face, etc. details.

All blurry and dilated I left the eyeball appointment, hopped on a Fifth Avenue bus, got off on Eighth Street and walked down to Washington Square Park where I listened to a jazz trio and sketched. It was impossible to use my reading glasses – too sunny – had to do with sunglasses only and hope for the best. I sketched all day on a paper bag left over from my breakfast. A new book.

Sketched on a paper bag from Europa Cafe;  Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra 9B watersoluble graphite, waterbrush. Pitt black brush pen. A bit of Sharpie Medium pen for some face, etc. details.