Views of Times Square and Around - November 23
I'm not going to repeat the story of how we ended up sketching New York roofs last Saturday, as several lively accounts of it are already written. So I am starting with our first indoor location (and my first location that day) at the 23rd floor of a Times Square office building, looking south.
An aerial view of New York was a challenge. That day I came with a determination of drawing without OCD, as Pat puts it, and wanted to try using watercolors without pen lines, as Mia does. Well, I did not win my first battle, as I found it difficult to "grab" this view even with a pen. Water towers and the light/shadow contrast formed patterns that most fascinated me and I tried to use them to pull the sketch together.
When we moved to the Times Square view, I still had the determination to try the "no line" approach. And so I did, trying several times. I am not sure if I won this battle either and I was hoping sketches would breathe more, but it felt really liberating to not worry about all the details. I decided to post one sketch, at least for the sake of evidence of my future progress.