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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.


After lunch at Moonglow, Gwen went back to the Morgan Library while Shirley, Benedicte and I walked uptown to Christies. The three of us love contemporary Indian art and always go to the auction previews and select something to copy.

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

I walked from Penn Station to the Morgan Library on Madison Avenue, the first to arrive, so I sat on a bench and read the library book living in iPat. Gwen soon joined me, followed quickly by Shirley. Benedicte texted that she would be late and we should start without her and she would find us. We were there to see “Wayne Thiebaid, Draftsman” whose drawings held us spellbound. I was totally unfamiliar with his sketches. He represented cupcakes, pie slices, ice cream cones and some landscapes in my mind. What a terrific exhibition. As per usual we all scattered to copy something.

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

I sat across the room from him and marveled at the way all the guys worked with each other, seamlessly, like a well-rehearsed ballet. At this point wires from outside were being passed through drilled holes into the new upgraded panel box. They were speaking in “shorthand” through the wall and clumps of wires were sticking out of the box and into the room in all directions, making zero sense to me. Hours (and hours) later everything was connected without a glitch and I was no longer considered “hazardous”. Plus, he vacuumed the room!

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen

A couple of weeks ago there was a bevy of electricians working outside and inside. A whole day long thing. When they shut off all the power for the day, the inside guy hooked me up with some to keep me happy. He was working in the room with the recliner so I had a lamp, a floor fan and a line going to the refrigerator. I got a lot of paperwork done that day and discarded old stuff. I had a list and crossed off many of the items. I noticed that the guy(s) inside didn’t move around much as he(they) continuously worked so I took advantage.



iPadPro: Pencil
Apps Used: Procreate

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.

We left Coney Island on the Q train but soon disembarked at the Brighton Beach stop where we hung out on the platform until the next Q arrived. Of course we sketched. The station was above ground – way way above ground – and had a view.

Small Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen, Tombow Brush pens.

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.)