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I remember the first guy nicely sleeping at his table right in front of me in Penn Station’s Au Bon Pain. I didn’t think I could draw him so I tried on a napkin first. I’ve sketched him three times so far, you all saw them in my Moleskine journal quite a while ago. I don’t remember where the other people are from and I’m too lazy to find the cards and flip them over right now.


Playing Cards; background Gelli Plate printed with acrylic; Sharpie Ultra Fine pen, Pitt brush pen, Signo Uni-ball (UM-153) white gel pen; and a bit of color added using Crayola markers; Paper napkin collage.

Playing card; collage; acrylic paint

Playing card; collage; acrylic paint

Playing card; collage; acrylic paint

I signed up for “Artists’ Studio Workshop: Urban Sketching with Marilyn Rose”, a two hour/three morning drawing workshop, last week, held in Bryant Park as part of their Art Cart. When she saw me she asked “Why?” I said “It’s free!” The 15 or maybe 20 participants ran the gamut from sketchers to those who haven’t drawn since third grade.

Marilyn started each session with a brief urban sketching lesson by doing a quick, clear and concise demonstration. The Art Cart people provided everyone with sketch books and pens and Marilyn sent us off for our first sketch with instructions to return in about 30 minutes. Everyone laid out their books and Marilyn continued her lesson by briefly commenting and giving suggestions. She then sent us out again and went around to everyone while they sketched.

These first three sketches were done with a continuous line – my rules – which was very freeing while using a pen since there is no point in fussing over mistakes. Just fix or ignore.

On the last day she demonstrated, using the Art Cart supplies, how to add grays and add collage to cover something up or to add text or correct the drawing. All my collage was used to cover up my lame attempt at drawing the steps and parts of the library building. Perspective Bah!


For this drawing I was leaning on a wall with my back to the library looking out over Fifth Avenue. Should have stuck with continuous line.

Moleskine cashier, pen – sketched on location at NYC Library/Bryant Park.
Pitt brush pens and collage added later at home. Hand carved and commercial alphabet stamps; Stayz On Pigment ink pads.

Playing card; collage; acrylic paint

Playing card, collage, acrylic paint.

Drawn from direct observation while in the library; Color added at home. Small Moleskine sketchbook; charcoal, kneaded eraser; hairspray as fixitive; Caran d’Ache watersoluble crayons, acrylic paint. Happy unexpected (!) crackling of the white paint when I used it to cover an unfortunate choice of Liquitex acrylic paint marker color. Collage, glue stick.

Drawn from direct observation in mirror; small Moleskine sketchbook, charcoal, kneaded eraser, hairspray as fixitive, Caran d’Ache water soluble crayon, Liquitex acrylic paint marker; collage, glue stick.

During the Wednesday afternoon MOMA Sketch class we were doing figurative drawings. We practiced drawing our hands, varying the line weights, something I’m not very good at. We were using charcoal pencils this time – medium and soft – and I decided to draw my hands with my usual hand and with the other one. Fair is fair, right?

We were supplied with printouts of faces from masterworks which we could copy. They also had these cool triangular table mirrors for self-portraits. Well, duh, of course you all know what I chose.

I got some vine charcoal, along with the pencils and I collaged my hands on this one.

They told us we could cut up the printouts and supplied glue sticks. I did another selfie with charcoal, cut up face parts and clothing from a couple of printouts and collaged my hand drawn with white charcoal.

I sketched myself facing in the same direction as the person whose hair covering I was going to use. Someone else’s eyes and I begged the shirt from Sandra’s pile of printouts. We all wore labels with our names printed out.
(I forgot to mention, the other day, that NYC Urban Sketcher Sandra is also in my classroom getting dirty with charcoal. What a nice surprise.)

This class was a lot of fun – the inspiration just kicked in and I was on automatic pilot – no thinking involved. I love when this happens in MoMA’s studio experiences. I don’t know how or why but it is magical.

Self portraits while looking in mirror, black and white charcoal in various forms,
Collage, glue stick. At home I reassembled the collages onto black gessoed acrylic paper. These are all unfinished works in progress waiting for the lightbulb to turn on.