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How long did it take me to find this perfume bottle? I wandered through zillions of small Greek and Roman artifacts on millions of shelves behind thousands of glass display things. My still dilated eyes gave me no problem but my feet were suffering the beginning stages of museum-itis and were whimpering quietly. It was so much smaller than I was looking for but finally I spotted it, thankfully at eye level. As a plus it is quite pretty.

Everyday in May 2017.
Sketched from direct observation.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

After sketching the bicycles I caught a bus, the temp was 90+ and much too hot to walk, up to The Met. I carried the Everyday in May 2017 list with me and was looking forward to locating items in the museum’s collection that would fulfill things on the list. At home I had surfed their “collection” section to find pertinent drawable things and their locations. Once there, map in hand, I went searching. Easy peasy, right? Ha ha ha. You would think so. But, as I’ve found in past “scavenger hunts”, I was looking for one thing and came upon an item which I liked better.

Everyday in May 2017.
Sketched from direct observation.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

I call this “Essence of Bicycle “. I had just left the doctor’s office, walked around the corner at 58th Street, eyes freshly and fully dilated, spotted the bikes chained to the traffic sign in full blazing near noon sunlight, stood in a sliver of shade with iPat and squinted and sketched. Details? Forget about it. I was lucky I didn’t bump into them.

Everyday in May 2017.
Sketched from direct observation.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

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.

One of the models for this drawing got very stiff and achey but, after a brief bout of wiggling, twitching and some dramatic groans, quickly settled down and resumed the pose.

 

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

I have a couple of hundred painted, stamped, etc. tags – most of which are gathered together in what I consider books. The pages of this one are parts of a larger silkscreen based on a sketchbook drawing done while in MoMA’s Sculpture Garden one day years ago. They are part of my large collection of hand made artist’s books.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

It would be stretching it a bit to call this my “favorite” tool but to sketch my actual all-time favorite would really tax my straight line abilities and would probably bore iPat and me silly – nothing personal Apple Pencil.

iPadPro; Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate