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I walked past my jacket that has been hanging on a hook thingy attached to the side of the fireplace for the past six months instead of in the closet which is a couple of feet away, noticed it, and decided this was a subject to draw with the wrong hand. I took it into the den and hung it on the standing fan which I have not put away yet.

I used the same three apps as yesterday but I bent my rules a bit. No razzmatazz or bells and whistles. Just simple things. The Finngr Pro (#1) drawing was so extremely dull that I went back and added more black; in (#2) the Sketch Club drawing I allowed myself to paint on one layer and put the background on a third layer. I was losing patience with trying to get neat edges with my other hand; and (#3) was drawn using Pen & Ink but by then I was getting bored and couldn’t stand the thought of fighting with painting it in that free version of the app, which only has one gray, that I imported it into ArtRage to paint and ended up also using crayons to scribble. The last one is my favorite. I never scribble with my correct hand and maybe I should.

What I discovered: my jacket has more personality than a bowl of apples.

This one seems tired, at that time in middle-age when you seem to be invisible.

This one has an attitude. Maybe even a bit sassy. Flirtatious. Kinda pleased that it has gotten away with hanging out in the kitchen where things are happening.

Despite the scribbles, this one seems more serious, grown up, deserves to be in the closet so it can prepare for the coming chilly autumnal mornings.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Pro, Sketch Club, Pen & Ink, ArtRage

The other day, Friday, I was comparing some of my after adventure wrong- handed drawings with my pre adventure correct handed drawings and noticed they were very similar (exactly the same??) It crossed my mind that perhaps the app I was using, Finngr Pro, had something to do with it. This particular app is very basic and simple, no bells and whistles, limited palette, no undo or eraser and not very much control while drawing. That being said, I love drawing with it. I can sketch quickly knowing it is impossible, for me, to get fussy. I’ve learned how to overcome the lack of an eraser by painting over it with gray. I pretty much always take the drawing into ArtRage to add color because I really like painting in it and the choice of colors is infinite.

Today, Saturday, I set up a still life (brought the bowl of fruit into another room) and sketched/painted it using three different apps.

Finngr Pro

Sketched and painted in the app.

Sketch Club

In this app the only thing I took advantage of was drawing on one layer and painting on another. I used pen to draw and one brush to paint.

Pen & Ink

I have the free version of this and I generally only do the drawing (allows for very fast sketching and detail) in this app and then add color in ArtRage. This time I drew, painted, which covered up the drawing, has limited color choices, were just a big hassle for me and then redrew the lines. I used pen, pencil and the middle brush.

Conclusion. I don’t know. You judge. I did notice that in all three there wasn’t a problem sketching. Maybe a bit wobbly here or there. I wasn’t able to get the whole still life in the 2nd & 3rd drawings even though it was my intention. When I wasn’t able to in Sketch Club I tried, in Pen & Ink, to be careful but wasn’t able to. In neither case did I erase and start over. I’m a fan of cropping anyway. Redrawing the black lines over the painting was easy in Finngr Pro but not in Pen & Ink. I could not control where my hand was placing the lines.

I took all three into ArtRage where I put them on rough paper and added a black background. The whole experiment took 2 hours and 45 minutes. My correct hand lay quietly in my lap.

I have no idea what would happen with pencil and paper but that’s for another day.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Finngr Procreate, Sketch Club, Pen & Ink

I exited the #1 subway at 168th Street, walked to the entrance of Highbridge Park on Amsterdam Avenue and 172 Street, spotted Laura and Elana coming from the opposite direction, and, inside, staring up at the High Bridge Water Tower were a whole bunch of NYC Urban Sketchers sitting on stools and benches happily sketching away.

I started the tower a couple of times, sighed, and decided to sketch what was in front of me instead of “towering” up above.

We went down a massive amount of stairs in order to reach the newly re-opened High Bridge which spans the Harlem River and connects Manhattan and the Bronx. It is very high up, long, pedestrians only, and offers some wonderful views.

Jan was back visiting from Australia. She was with the weekday sketchers last year at Madison Square Park. Today there was also a sketcher visiting from Colombia.

We were just about sprawled over the whole length of the bridge but eventually congregated in the only shade where we chatted and ate lunch.

At around 1:45 we all went in different directions. Some went back along the High Bridge. Zainab and I climbed up the massive stairs and sketched in the park while we waited for Mark. I had a convenient model on the bench to my right.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: #1 Pen & Ink and ArtRage; #2 Sketch Club and ArtRage; #3,4,5 Finngr Pro and ArtRage

Here’s a piece of the other strip mall across the street from the longer one. You can find pretty much anything in J&R Discount Mart. They have saved me countless times when “minor” emergencies arose. I wish they’d let me win Power Ball. The owner of the deli changed my flat tire one Sunday. Dunkin’ and the tiny fruit market – I go there when I’ve been too lazy to go to the supermarket and all my food is gone – are a couple of shops to the left. One day I’ll find a spot to sit so I can draw them.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used: Pen & Ink and ArtRage

Susan, who lives way, way out on the island, and I met at my train station, Sunday morning, and rode into the city together. I sketched her while she sketched the guy diagonally across the aisle.

We had coffee and breakfast in my hangout in Penn Station and then walked uptown to join up with the NYC Urban Sketchers in the middle of chaos. Not kidding. One hundred million people in the same place at the same time, everyone moving constantly, the signs on the buildings flashing new images every few seconds, hawkers hawking, honkers honking, cops walking by saying, “I sketch also”.

We were a couple of blocks away from the area with chairs and tables so we had to sit in the bleachers or on a stone wall thingy which made a Very Cold Day even colder.

It took me quite awhile to figure out how to draw something/anything with all this confusion of images no matter where I looked. I trashed a couple of attempts and then found my groove.

I tried something new for me. I painted shapes and added the lines last. Phooey on perspective – who needs it anyway? Really.

All these people were waiting on the TKTS line. By this time my rear end was frozen, my teeth were chattering and my shivering was shaking the world.

Julie, one of the sketchers, invited all of us (NYC Urban Sketchers, not the other millions) to her apartment to eat lunch which we bought in various delis, etc. as we walked the few blocks. There were a lot of us but she had a big table and plenty of seating. Everyone held up and explained their Times Square sketches.

After lunch we walked back into the throngs, this time in the area with tables and chairs and Big Creepy brightly Colored Fuzzy characters.
Not to mention some Naked Cowboy drama.

There was a scruffy guy to my right, behind Jeff, who was sketching me, shouting out Bible verses at the same time a woman, only wearing a coat of paint (!), tiny panties and a large feather headdress worked the tourist hoards. Phew. I focused on the calming shape of the umbrella and gradually sorted out bits of the background signs and buildings.

At 4:00 we all met up in the 8th floor lobby/restaurant area of the Marriott. How long were we there? Two hours? No one bothered us at all except to suggest we consolidate our belongings that were scattered on other tables. People started drifting off, Susan and I walked back to Penn Station and the 7:22 train.

An excellent day spent sketching Times Square.

Process and Apps Used:

#1,4&7: Gridded notebook and Pilot V-ball pen, sketches photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage for painting. I drew these on location and painted while in the Marriott.

#2: Pen & Ink, ArtRage

#3: ArtRage only

#5&6: Zen Brush, ArtRage

After lunch we all spread out and headed in the direction of Whole Foods (ladies room and free beer samples) and the streets around the canal. It was tough finding shade. The sun seemed to be following the path of all the streets leaving small nooks and crannies of shade. I stood on one small bridge looking toward a turquoise bridge just a block away and sketched the view. A quick sketch and then I had to scurry into some shade down the block to do the painting.

This little oasis of shadow was occupied by a gaggle of sketchers and a plein air oil painter. At one point a woman pushing a stroller with a toddler and infant squeezed in and took refuge for a few moments. The toddler had a notebook and pencil in his hand! All up and down this street and every parallel street were clumps of painters with easels or sketchers huddled on little folding stools in slivers of shade.

At 4:00 everyone converged in Lavender Lake, a really nice neighborhood bar/restaurant. All the shady tables (theme of the day) out back were taken so we stayed inside and had something to drink and nosh on, talked and shared our drawings. And of course, most of us continued to sketch.

I happened to have a piece of charcoal, yes, I did, so I drew Michael in my totally inappropriate notebook. My fingers were black from wiping off his face. Tell me something: I have drawn multi-hundreds of iPad drawings and never once does my palm touch the screen, but, as soon as I pick up a stick of vine charcoal my hand just happily rests on the paper smearing everything. What’s with that?

Just before leaving the bar I did this quickie. Jessica was from the Gowanus Conservancy, a plein air oil painter who stood on the bridge in the sun, uncomplainingly, with her easel and who got us all together for a great day of art making.

And then.  What a lucky person I am.  Susan drove me back to my car again!

Process and Apps Used:
#1,2,5: Pen & Ink, ArtRage
#3,4: Gridded notebook and Pitt Brush Pen (3) and vine charcoal (4), drawings photographed while in the bar using iPad and then imported into ArtRage and painted while sipping my ginger ale.

Another Saturday off found me having breakfast in Penn Station before I walked the long crosstown block to the F train which took me to Brooklyn. Hey! Wasn’t I there last week also? When I was a teenager I was forbidden to go to Brooklyn. The only thing/place forbidden to me in those days.

The NYC Urban Sketchers spent the day with a plein air painters group and volunteers at the Gowanus Canal Conservancy. Things are being cleaned up and the neighborhood is thriving.

Still. Someone joked that if you fall in the canal you will glow in the dark.

After the first two sketches I couldn’t stand the hot sun a minute longer. I found a large patch of shade just on the other side of an old school bus.

I sat on a stone wall and sketched and chatted with the artists already there. I learned about corbels but refrained from drawing any.

Intermission now. We were being treated to free barbecue and I spotted some Dunkin’ donuts. Veggie burger and a donut. Yum. Stay tuned.

Process and Apps Used:
iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
#1&4 – Pen & Ink and ArtRage
#2&3 – Gridded notebook and Pilot V-ball pen, drawings photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage for painting
#5 – ArtRage only.

I love love love Figure al Fresco on Wednesday afternoons.

What a gift this program is.

I wish everyone could join me on the bench.

But I’m sure glad they can’t.

There was still time so I quickly drew the pose again, using a different, very limited, unforgiving (no eraser or “undo”) app.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
#1-4: Pen & Ink, ArtRage
#5: Finngr Pro, ArtRage

Since I had Saturday off (due to a switch of shifts with someone else) I got on the train early, walked from Penn Station to the R Train, which took its own sweet time getting me to 25th Street in Brooklyn. The destination was Greenwood Cemetery. This blog post will give you more insight about the place than I will, plus, it has the added bonus of a glimpse of me(!).

I found the NYC Urban Sketchers outside the gates sitting or standing and successfully sketching the ornately, intricate facade. As you can see, I adeptly avoided any semblance of intricacy.

Inside the cemetery I spotted some steps to sit on which afforded a view of the rear of a mausoleum.

I walked up to the 1:00 meeting place and, while waiting, I sketched this urn, the view from the convenient bench.

More to come. Stay tuned. You know I like to drag this out.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
#1&4 – Gridded notebook and Pitt Brush Pen, drawings photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage .

#2 – Pen & Ink and ArtRage .

#3 – Zen Brush and ArtRage .

The NYC Urban Sketchers wandered around Washington Square Park last Thursday. I didn’t really know what to expect since I had never spent any time here – just passed it on the way to someplace else, I did have a preconceived idea formed many many years ago and was pleasantly surprised.

This poor guy had no customers.

I stood here, under the arch for a long time because as soon as I finished drawing him they took a break, ate something, and then he sang two songs solo before she picked up her instrument again. I used my time fruitfully though. Instead of eating lunch I walked across the street and got an ice cream cone from the Ice Cream Man in the truck. Yum. I saw Shirley with one so I was a copy cat. Then I resumed position under the arch.

Benedicte and I took a walk around and found this snuggling couple watching yet another group of musicians so I took advantage of their oblivion. While I was sketching, a woman from Australia, sat next to me and we discussed apps and I let her try my stylus. She distracted me, in a good way, but, if you squint and turn your head to just the Right Angle, you will be able to see the invisible thread that goes up to the clouds and holds up the end of the bench.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
#1- Sketji and ArtRage
#2&3- Gridded notebook and Pitt Brush Pen (2), pencil & Pilot V-ball 0.5 (3), drawings photographed using iPad and then imported into artrage.
#4- Pen & Ink and ArtRage