Archives for category: Mixed Media

I saw this painting in the background on an ad from The Met advertising their music/instrument galleries. Instead of joining the other NYC Urban Sketchers and focusing on Armor I followed the convoluted path to the music galleries, spotted the painting right away and my new improved eyeball and I enjoyed the opportunity to copy it in relative isolation. I managed to finish the whole thing (oops! Ran out of a bit of room on the bottom) in time to join up with the others in the cafeteria for lunch.

After: Fernando Botero, “Dancing In Colombia” 1980, oil on canvas.

Toned Blue Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pens, Molotow acrylic paint markers.

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Yesterday I was at Brookfield Place with a whole bunch of NYC Urban Sketchers attending Joy Hecht’s (Urban) Collage Workshop (part of the 10×10 workshop series). While she was discussing methods and showing us examples of her work I sketched the participants and made a few thumbnails, two were of colorful Benedicte. When we were set free to start our collages I turned my back to the bright sunshine streaming through the windows and concentrated on my friend Benedicte and another NYC Urban Sketcher, Elaine, and got my fingers sticky with glue. There are snippets of paper from books I ripped apart before discarding and from one of the MoMA studio experiences from years ago.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper, random paper, glue stick, molotow acrylic paint markers, Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

German facsimile reproduction of an old (ca. 1919) book written by Franz Endress about hand written fonts/typefaces. I’m using it as my sketchbook. Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen, Posca/Molotow acrylic paint markers.

Moleskine; paper towel collage; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

German facsimile reproduction of an old (ca. 1919) book written by Franz Endress about hand written fonts/typefaces. I’m using it as my sketchbook. Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen, Posca/Molotow acrylic paint markers.

German facsimile reproduction of an old (ca. 1919) book written by Franz Endress about hand written fonts/typefaces. I’m using it as my sketchbook. Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen, Posca/Molotow acrylic paint markers.

Being a lurker is a favorite pastime of mine. I seem compelled to accumulate people. I transferred my attention to the next group – Green Team – and leaned against the windowsill which afforded me a great view of the snazzy sketcher models. I moved around to a bench so I could sit and sketch the sketchers who were also marveling at all the snazzie-ness.

And then, suddenly, time was up. All of the gazillion portraits were drawn and being displayed in a large grid by each group. But, but, but…I still had many more people to accumulate!

Toned Blue Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper (8×6″), Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen (b&w), Molotow acrylic paint markers.

Yesterday was the annual NYC Urban Sketchers Portrait Party which was held in the cafeteria of the Art & Design High School on E56th Street. The sketchers were separated into color-coded groups and formed into separate circles of 12. Everyone in the group posed for 10 minutes exactly while the sketchers quickly caught their likeness using whatever tools/paints enabled them to work speedily. Everyone was supplied with sheets of the same watercolor paper and instructed that the portraits must be large and able to be seen from a distance since they would all be displayed in a large grid on the floor at the end of the party.

As I did last year I chose to be a lurker. These were members of the Purple group, some taking their turns posing while others sketch.

Toned Blue Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper (8×6″), Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen (b&w), Molotow acrylic paint markers.

German facsimile reproduction of an old (ca. 1919) book written by Franz Endress about hand written fonts/typefaces. I’m using it as my sketchbook. Zebra Fine Brush Pen, Pitt Brush Pen, Posca/Molotow acrylic paint markers.

Moleskine, collaged paper towel, Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen