Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fulton Street Station Sketch!

The Sketchers were out in force on Saturday, November 22nd at the brand new Fulton Street Station near Ground Zero. This was a bit too shiny and flashy for me so I went into the bowels of the subway where I set up my chair and did two sketches.  The first was in watercolor and painted carefully with a pencil underdrawing:

We went to lunch and I ordered a tuna sandwich but was served ham.  But WTF this is the sketch group and who knows the difference... tuna... ham... it all goes to the same place.  Afterwards I went back into the underworld to the D Train with Joan and Pat and completed this sketch which was drawn freehand with a Stabilo 88 fine point pen then painted.

I really liked the more spontaneous feel of this one and here is a detail:

Afterwards a few of us went cross town to a Dr. Sketchy event on the Lower East Side, through a pretty creepy subway station I think was the J train.  My kind of place... true Old New York!

We survived the trip and had a great time with Dr. Sketchy on Orchard Street.  All in all, a wonderful day with the Sketchers!

Fire Museum, Sunday, November 16, 2014

On Sunday, November 16, the NYC Urban Sketchers met downtown on Spring Street at the Fire Museum. No, no ,no. We didn't spend the day toasting marshmallows. Hmm. Not a bad idea.

This museum is filled with everything used to fight fires. I was, as per usual, overwhelmed with all the detail on all the magnificent very old fire engines and equipment and, after spending some time exploring the first floor with my mouth agape - the main water line was a log with the center bored out!! back in the old times - I went up to the second floor.

This floor was also chockablock with more old ornate fire engines, equipment, portraits, doodads on every surface. I rested my eyes on some old illustrations and eased my way into sketching.
I do like sketching wooden sculptures.
Still floundering around I returned to another illustration of this actor in an 1848 NYC play.
Lunch was at a nearby Mexican restaurant. Nicolas is the son of one of the sketchers and seems to have picked up the lunchtime sketching habit as well.
Fortified, I was back on the second floor. Everyone was drawn to this machine.
The previous drawing wore me out so I moved my chair and regrouped.
Ok. Eyes all rested I walked around the displays and found a model of "Red Rover" and then it was time to leave.
Downstairs everyone (there were many) was getting ready to exit the museum when a couple of us (Mark and I) realized we hadn't sketched Jim. He was all packed up and ready to leave but stood nicely for a couple of minutes (literally) while we sketched him. It's mandatory.
After that it was off to the Mandatory Bar for show and tell, etc.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps Used:
#1,2,5,6,7: Finngr Pro and ArtRage
#3: Zen Brush and ArtRage
#8: Sketch Club
#4: Gridded notebook and Pilot V-ball pen/Tombow pen, sketch photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage for color.

Brooklyn Museum and More, Saturday, November 15, 2014

(compilation of two of my blog posts - better late than never?)

Saturday, November 15, after some weekend subway musical chairs due to construction, I joined the Central Park Sketching and Art Meetup Group in the Brooklyn Museum and happily copied paintings with about 30 other sketchers.

After each hour we were able to find a quiet corner to display our drawings.
I impressed the security guard with this one.
After everyone left I wandered through the African art for awhile.
But my day wasn't finished yet. I got back on the only subway that seemed to be coming to Brooklyn on that day and headed back to midtown Manhattan. There was one more place to be.

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Apps used:
#1: Finngr Pro and ArtRage
#2&4: Finngr Pro
#3: Art Set Pro)

And More:

The destination was the High School of Art and Design on East 56th Street. The event was a fundraising Draw-A-Thon. Boy, was I pooped by the time I got there. Free Coffee! Yay! I ran into Mark and Marie from NYC Urban Sketchers. I never run into people I know. This sketching thing is really opening up my world. Making me mucho tired also.

The large cafeteria was set up with numerous stations for the clothed models to pose. I found an empty chair and drank my coffee until all the models returned to pose. I was having difficulty drawing the very thin, leotard clothed model so I turned my attention to the sketchers across from me.
In this room there were stations labelled "gestural", "long pose", and "all day". There were also two areas that had students posing as cosplay characters. Don't ask me, I didn't have a clue who they were supposed to be, but it was fun to sketch them in their outrageous and threatening poses. Cute little faces with braces snarling at each other. In the gymnasium were the nude models. Same labelled stations and really great lighting on the models. No kids allowed without a parent.

I made my way to another area and while the models were on a break I, well, guess what I did?

After I finally, successfully, did a non-urban model drawing, I called it a day and started to walk to Penn Station. Now I had a mile to walk south and, since I was between Second and Third Avenues, there was close to another mile to walk west. I started walking in a zig-zag pattern to fool myself into thinking it was a shorter walk. Every time I had to stop at a traffic light I switched direction until I was stopped again. I found myself next to a subway entrance near MOMA that I didn't know about and my feet stopped zigzagging and took me straight down those stairs and into a train that let me out right inside Penn Station.

Process for the last two drawings:

iPad; New Trent Arcadia stylus.
Gridded notebook and Pilot V-ball pen which I went over with Pitt Brush Pen, sketches photographed using iPad and then imported into ArtRage . #3: Finngr Pro and ArtRage for color.

Sketching the New Fulton Transit Center (plus)

Submitted for your approval:


The Fulton Street Station

A dramatic interior space filed with curves and levels to sketch.

Magical Urban Sketching:

Mandatory Jim Discovers he can Fly
in the New Fulton Street Station

Magical Urban Sketching extends the boundaries of our Manefesto.

Urban Sketchers:

Jeff Dressed for Winter

Jeff posed for a quicky sketch before we left for lunch

A Patron at Dr. Sketchy:

So many interesting attitudes and costumes at the Dr. Sketchy event we attended after Fulton Street.

I Question:

I question whether any of my sketches except the first one are really Urban Sketches, and yet ..., they were influenced by the day and in some small way captured the spirit of the time and feel of NYC November 2014.  And of course, you should have seen Jim flying! Hardly anyone at the Station noticed, but we all know that something magical happens whenever we sketch.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Sketching at the Fulton Transit Center

Since it takes me so long to get into the city from out here in Suffolk County, I usually get to sketch a few commuters on the ride in. Here are the victims/commuters that I drew yesterday.

When I arrived at the Fulton Transit Center I was early so I decided to venture out into the cold to do a view from outside. I finished this but I was really cold!

I headed inside and tried to do the view looking up to the top of the dome. I used a Tombow marker for the first time and didn't realize that it bleeds until I started adding watercolors.

I could see the hotdog vendor from my next spot which was sitting over the wonderful heating vent. (It was such a cosy spot.) So this time I sketched a bit of the inside and the outside too.

Mark, Mark, and Mary were busy sketching. Mandatory Jim moved into the composition later but I didn't have room to squeeze him in.

After lunch Pat, Jeff and I headed underground to the subway. Each time a train came through the cast of characters across on the other platform changed. 

Here are the sketches that the three of us did in one photo.
(Left to right...Pat's, mine, and Jeff's.)

After sharing our sketches a group of us headed over to the "Dr. Sketchy" event on Orchard St.
It wasn't a "urban sketching" setting so I'm not posting my sketches here. It was a lot of fun though!
They will be on my blog in the next few days if you want to see them.

Friday, November 21, 2014

New York City Fire Museum - Firemannequin Sketch

The New York City Fire Museum
third floor was rumbling with footsteps of youngsters enjoying a party.

The first and second floors featured a high quality collection of fire engines, fire fighting equipment, and art.

I sketched a fire fighter mannequin suspended from above by a rope, wearing full turn out gear. It was a dramatic moment frozen in time.

I made the sketch on my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition using AutoDesk SketchBook Pro for Galaxy version 2.9.2 and the S pen stylus.

The Guggenheim Museum: November 09 2014

The Guggenheim Museum; Exterior from 5th Avenue
The Guggenheim Museum; Interior