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Day 5

Day 6 (Mall #85

Day 7 (Mall #88)

Day 8 (Mall #89)

#6&8 small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip) #5&7 Moleskine, Zebra Brush Pen
Pitt brush pen
Molotow acrylic paint markers

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Day 1

Day 2 (Mall #82)

Day 3

Day 4 (self-portrait)

Moleskine
#1&2 Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen
#3&4 Zebra Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen
Molotow acrylic paint markers

Small Moleskine
Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen
Acrylic paint markers (later, at home)

I attended a NYC Urban Sketchers workshop on The Value of Value taught by Suzala last Sunday. We met up in Bryant Park where there was grass, buildings, people, sun and shade and lots of tables and chairs. A perfect venue with subject matter for everyone. Suzala taught us how to construct a thumbprint using four Values – white, black, and two grays -, Notans, as a guide to constructing a painting that would lead the viewer to the important parts.

She sent us off to do two quickies. This was my first, I was unable to complete the second, very unlike me. It’s gonna take some practice. It was a struggle simplifying the busy city surroundings into value shapes. Suzala’s guidance was invaluable.

Then she sent us off to do a Notan in preparation for a watercolor painting. This was my third.

You all must know by now that I don’t do watercolor. I brought a very old set with me. I sat at a table, took out my water, a brush and the gouache I had also brought. Might as well keep myself happy. First time I painted outside, midtown Manhattan, and as soon as I started everything around me faded into white noise as it does when I’m sketching. My painting is “me” and I probably failed the lesson in values but I enjoyed myself .

Afterwards I wandered around Bryant Park, stopping to sketch several times. The weather was perfect, the walk from and back to Penn Station was relaxed and comfortable and nothing went amiss with the train.

1&2: scrap paper, Tombow (grays) and Pitt Brush Pen (black).
3: Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, Pelikan gouache, Staedtler Brush Pen.

I painted over a monotype. I didn’t like the result so I sat in the recliner and used acrylic paint markers to make it more to my liking. I referred to a photo of a sketch of mine but you all probably recognized it because I know you all are paying rapt attention.

Canson mixed media paper. Molotow and posca acrylic paint markers. Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

After Christies we split up and went our separate ways. I took the first bus that came along, got off at 32nd Street and walked to Penn Station where I had a longish wait for the next train that would take me home. In my tote bag was a pad of black paper and a few colored pencils from the Porto Symposium swag. I sketched a bunch of people gathered around the device charging stations that were installed a while ago – I guess if you can charge up you don’t notice all the train delays and snafus – MTA improvements in action. I painted the drawing later that evening at home.

Sketched on location, painted at home.
Strathmore Artagain black paper pad, colored pencils, molotow and posca acrylic paint markers.

The Q pulled into the station and we all boarded. The train was crowded so we were scattered throughout the car. It wasn’t long before my view was obscured by “straphangers”. I almost impaled a man with my pen who was man-spreading and taking up two seats – train lurched just as I was trying to get his attention: “Excuse me…”. He moved over for me and gave up his seat for Raylie, turned out to be a nice guy who was just distracted by his phone. Later I noticed he and Raylie deep in conversation about Manchester, I think. Raylie got off the train and Jeff took her place and did a beautiful portrait of the very regal woman holding onto the pole next to me. Later she said she suspected he was drawing her when she caught a glimpse of him sketching her collar- he was in Super Stealth Mode – one of his earlier tips to the group of NYC Urban Sketchers.

I was sketching anyone I could get a glimpse of as the throng shifted.

Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen; molotow acrylic paint marker added later at home.

At 36th Street, in Brooklyn, we disembarked from the R train and went upstairs to view some wonderful mosaic murals in the station’s small mezzanine.

Back downstairs we boarded the N train to Coney Island where we had a snack at Nathan’s and conversed with a couple of panhandlers.

Two different Moleskine sketchbooks, Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen; Pilot Parallel Pen, Waterbrush; molotow acrylic paint marker.

At 14th Street we switched to the R train simply because there is a different type of seating in these older trains. Instead of everybody sitting parallel/facing each other we were perpendicular and behind and in front of people, affording many points of view. This time I was able to get some strangers mixed in with Sketchers.

A couple of strangers and the ubiquitous sketchers. One of the rules Jeff enforced was that we all rode in the same subway car. Not for safety. Everybody gets so caught up in their drawing that they wouldn’t notice that the next station to switch trains has come and gone and then: “Hey! Where’d everyone go?”.

#1 Pilot Parallel Pen, Waterbrush, molotow acrylic paint marker added while on train..
#2 Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen. Acrylic marker added later at home.

Sunday morning found me sitting on my little stool in the mezzanine of the 96th Street Q subway station. It is brand new, roomy, well lighted, lined with mosaic tiles depicting sheets of paper being blown from one end to another into a pile. Jeff Levine had rows of copies of his sketches taped up on one wall. He had informative handouts. As soon as everyone was assembled around him he spoke for awhile, describing techniques and tips for quickly sketching people while riding the subway. You gotta be quick. The people come and go at an inconvenient rate. This was a NYC Urban Sketchers workshop and we all paid attention when he spoke of safety since that is one of the random unknowns to be aware of.

We boarded the Q Train (this station was the end/beginning of the line) and sat across from each other and eased into subway sketching.

The second sketch was looser. I haven’t done much sketching in the subways.

We rode this train to 14th Street where we switched to another.

Handout, Moleskine, Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen. (Tombow markers and acrylic marker added later at home.)