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I was antsy so I stood in front of a mirror and sketched me and added all sorts of markers into the mix. As long as there is no water involved this thin writing paper does a fine job with everything else.

Larger Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen, Tombow brush pens, Zig watercolor brush pens, acrylic markers.

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The woman who gave me the small Moleskine with blank writing paper also gave me a larger one. I decided to see what the thin paper would handle. A lot, apparently. I sketched a portion of a couple of my book shelves and added Tombow markers, Zig watercolor brush markers, white Molotow acrylic marker – everything on top and under each other. No warping or bleed-through – just ghost image on reverse which is fine with me.

Larger Moleskine; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip), Pitt brush pen and lots of other things

After a full day in the city I got the Bright Idea that, instead of running for the train which would leave in a couple of minutes, I should take out some CHARCOAL (!) and sketch the commuters leaning against the big new pharmacy in the station. I was happy with the drawing but got another Bright Idea. At home I fixed the sketch with a spritz of hair spray and then re-sketched using an ink marker. Happier.

Sketched from direct observation, reworked at home.
Stillman and Birn Beta Series sketchbook; charcoal, Higgins Black Magic Ink marker; Pitt Brush pens; Tombow Fudenosuke Brush Pen (hard tip).

These are all work lunchroom people.

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.

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Pg. 14 & flap

Back cover & flap

Referred to monotypes which were done while referring to iPad sketches which were drawn from life while in various places in Manhattan. Strangers and friends. Matisse portraits and self-portraits were roughly copied from the book Matisse Portraits. This was a rehearsal to see how long it took to cover both sides of all the pages and to see if this paper was suitable. I have a plan.

Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

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Referred to monotypes which were done while referring to iPad sketches which were drawn from life while in various places in Manhattan. Strangers and friends. Matisse portraits and self-portraits were roughly copied from the book Matisse Portraits. This was a rehearsal to see how long it took to cover both sides of all the pages and to see if this paper was suitable. I have a plan.

Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

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Referred to monotypes which were done while referring to iPad sketches which were drawn from life while in various places in Manhattan. Strangers and friends. Matisse portraits and self-portraits were roughly copied from the book Matisse Portraits. This was a rehearsal to see how long it took to cover both sides of all the pages and to see if this paper was suitable. I have a plan.

Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

A fellow NYC Urban Sketcher, Gina, reminded me of Teesha Moore’s 16 page book structure which consists of three long pieces of paper that are folded and then bound with a pamphlet stitch. Some years ago I made a few of these and that gave me an idea. I decided to make a “rehearsal” book to test the feasibility of an idea and the materials I wanted to use.

I set up iPat and referred to my monotypes that referenced sketches that were drawn from life while in Manhattan. I noticed a large library book on my table, “Matisse Portraits”, opened it and randomly, roughly copied various portraits and self-portraits on the, as yet unbound strips of paper (approx. 8″x20″). I wanted to see how long it would take to cover each side (6 long sides) and how the paper would react to the waterbrush (no problem). The whole process: charcoal drawing, use of waterbrush, addition of watersoluble graphite and spraying of fixative (hairspray), took six hours and left me as exhausted as if I had been in an all day workshop.

The next day I decided white acrylic paint (3 hours) added to the already charcoal-drawn background would liven things up a bit.

If you look carefully you can see the small flap fold mark on the front cover above and the first page below.

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Fabriano Tiziano; compressed charcoal, watersoluble 9B graphite, waterbrush; hair spray as fixative; white acrylic paint. 3 hole pamphlet binding.

This was inspired by Diebenkorn’s 1963 painting. I was having so much fun that I found myself doing this and that while using any material within reach.

Strathmore 400 Series mixed media paper.
Pencil, gouache, gesso, acrylic paint, Inktense pencil, stamp, Stayz On Pigment ink, collage, glue stick.

I like this messy drawing way better than the one under it. Plus it was more fun to do. What did I have to lose? Nothing. Again, I moved from the front, around the side and settled behind the Dyckman Farmhouse, sketching as I went.

Stillman and Birn Alpha Series sketchbook
Charcoal, Pilot Parallel Pen, Lyra Watersoluble Graphite 9B, Waterbrush, Neocolor II