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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.

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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.

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.