Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Last Section of the High Line

On Saturday we sketched the last section of the High Line - it's northern leg.  It was interesting and yet completely different from the first two sections.  I love the creativity of this new park's design.

My drawings could be organized into three groups:

The View looking Southwest

The Mandatory Picture of Jim
The first two are about what I saw when I got there.  I think we've all noticed  a common category.  We all end up doing drawings of Jim. Not sure why that is, but everyone seems to end up with at least one picture of him.  Here's mine.

The second set of sketches have to do with the fact that the High Line sits on top of the railroad entrance to NYC.  It's basically been hidden from view and not something you'd often see.  Its huge, it's vast, it's incredible how many trains and tracks there are.  It's all about vanishing points and perspective and finding quick ways to imply the complexity.

Kevin and Maike

Brian on percussion

The third set are about the people I met because I was sketching.  Kevin and Maike came and chatted with me as I drew.  We must have spent a half hour talking and enjoying the strange openness that sketching in public creates.  They both sketch and I hope they'll be joining us.

Brian was drumming and chanting.  Music adds a magical ingredient to sketching and I happily drew him.  He seemed delighted with the sketch when I showed it to him.

Sketch New York and Caracas, Venezuela

Come join sketchers in NYC and Caracas Venezuela on OCTOBER 25th in a day of shared sketching and walking.
We will meet in front of the Metropolitan Museum at 10:00 am, but you can participate from wherever you please (in NYC or Caracas).
Sketch wherever you are and share over Twitter or Facebook (#carayo2014, #topomemo2014).
This event is in coordination with the New York Chapter of the ASLA, Urban Sketchers New York City and Urban Sketchers Caracas and El Paper Magazine
Also, see the NYC USK FB and the Caracas FB Event Pages.
Hope to see you there.
Richard Alomar


Location:  Rockefeller Park in Battery Park City 
Meet at the Greek Pavilion Warren Street and River Terrace


Time:  11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Date:  Thursday October 23, 2014

Directions: Nearest stop is the Chambers Street Station on the 1,2,3 but any subway coming into the World Trade Center area will be fine.

Contact: Raylie at 201-978-6387

In case of rain we will meet in the Palm Court in the World Financial Center

Please RSVP directly to Raylie Dunkel at raylie@verizon.net

River views, a Greek pavilion, koi pond, the Irish Hunger Memorial and best of all a wonderful playground filled with Tom Otterness sculpture!

Battery Park City - Tom Otterness

Battery Park City - Tom Otterness

Monday, October 20, 2014

High Line at the Rail Yards

My first sketch was overlooking the rail yards with a glimpse of the Empire State building in the background. It was a little daunting at first, but the trains won't be here for long, as this will soon go the way of most NY real estate, so I really wanted to capture it.

This scene shows a view of the Hudson River , a bit of Jersey, and the changing foliage along the West Side Hwy. My interest was really the use of the rail tracks, with the garden planted by nature... in otherwords, weeds. Incorporated into this was a cement sculpture cube mixed with items like old sneakers and socks. The cube looked like it was part of the original railyard and many walked by thinking it was urban decay.


This is one of the new professionally landscaped areas that incorporates a switching track into the design, and lets the people walk on it, as opposed to some of the others behind fencing. The tourists were shoulder to shoulder at this location, standing directly in front of me while taking their pictures.  The weather held out, it was a good location, with good company! What more could I ask for!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

High Line for the World Wide SketchCrawl

At times it seemed like the whole wide world was walking on the High Line while we were sketching. There were so many great views to sketch. I started with a sketch of the train yard. I loved the view from above.

Then I caught a few people busy at work.


I started a sketch of the area along the water...and then along came a helicopter. It moved out of my view before I could capture the whole thing and it was a long time before I got another view to finish the shape of it. I ended up using a photo to check that I had all the necessary details so it wouldn't crash. I even got Jim and Pat into the sketch...but it seems like everyone sketches Jim. lol

 The people sitting and standing on the bleachers were to good to pass up.

One of the best parts of the day is when we share sketches and information about what we did during the day.

 I think everyone would say the day was a success! Thanks, Susan, for organizing the day!


Sketchers sketching the High Line (34th Street)

View east from the High Line bleachers (34th Street)

High Line view south from the bleachers (34th Street)

Lunch at New York Burger Co./High Line and skyline west from New York Burger Co.

View east from the High Line


Shiva Bhairava mask


Museum entrance