We went to Crown Heights to escape the cold and rain. The Brooklyn Flea Market turned out to be an ideal place; there was so much to see and draw. The only problem was the embarrassment of riches - there was too much to choose from.
I opened up my stool at the first booth that caught my eye. They had a bright yellow children's sized dentist chair with a scuffed up saxophone resting on the seat. As I added details around the chair I kept wanting to put one or two people in the drawing, but no one stayed still long enough. Finally I spotted a mother who had her kid corralled, holding him by the hood of his winter coat
|The Bike Jack Booth|
I took all morning on the sketch above and then joined everyone for lunch. Our lunches always become an opportunity to do portraits. No, no one sits as still as a sketcher.
I did a quick sketch of Vivien a new sketchers who's just move the NYC from New Zealand.
|The Pinball Wizard|
Jason came late. As we sat chatting he sketched over my shoulder and I sketched over his. My view was a guy who was killing it at a Pinball Machine.
Back out on the Flea Market floor I set up in front of Manny's booth. People stopped by continuously to check out his vinyl record collection.
Cassidy and her sister had a booth nearby and it was an easy pivot to do a quick sketch of her. They're both from Montana and were raised on a farm where they grow antlers. She mentioned that she enjoys sketching, so, who knows, maybe we have a new convert.
And of course, what sketch event would be complete with out a Mandatory Picture of Jim? Here's mine:
|Mandatory Jim (circa late 2014)|