The long and short of it...face types, that is. Because beauty is often found in irregularities.
Just a few of the multi-cultural faces that make up the city I love and call home!
- bleed-proof, wrinkle-free pages which allow you to draw/paint on both sides of each page
- discreet size (perfect for a pocket or purse)
- sewn binding for open-flat access
I’ve discovered that I’m sort of addicted to sketching in public (or, to be more precise, sketching THE public.) I find it immensely appealing and gratifying because it:
- forces you to get faster with your gestures
- puts you in the moment
- makes waiting for the subway/train/plane fun
- gives you lots of free subject matter
- provides a record of your travels
As I flip back through this particular sketchbook I’m transported to our flight to Paris in June and walks along the Seine and in the Jardin du Luxembourg, then back to the cafes along Central Park, then to our hotel room in Saratoga, NY (for lots of TV watching of the Democratic and Republican conventions) and on to a very relaxing week spent in NH at my mom’s cottage. The last few pages are filled with my favorite subject – fellow commuters on the subway as I make my way around NYC.
It's too hot for hats in the Big Apple but not for my fashionistas on paper....
It's girls' night in and I'm watching...
A few of this past week's sketches...
A few of my (imaginary) friends...
This week my sketching focus was more on bodies and on...men! Here are some of the results...
There's nothing like practice...especially when you can incorporate an element of play into your practice! Here are some of the whimsical "fashionistas" that have emerged from my practice sessions at the drafting table this week.
This past week I did more viola playing than sketching (you can read some of the nice reviews of New York City Ballet‘s performances at the Kennedy Center here and here); but on the 3+ hour train ride home yesterday evening I did quite a bit of catching up. In fact, I filled up the rest of the pages in my little Moleskin sketch book!
If you look carefully, you’ll even see more of my various head studies showing through the pages…
And, when I ran out of pages in my sketch book, I grabbed the next thing handy – the envelopes from my paychecks – and did these sketches with ink and my French Grey Prismacolor marker.
Each to his own, I guess!