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From My Sketchbook – It’s Fall in the Big Apple!

As you can see, it (finally) turned colder in the Big Apple this week. And I'm not complaining!

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From My Sketchbook – Back at it in the Subway

It's been HOT in the big Apple so I've tried to avoid going outside as much as possible. But I've still found some fun subjects to sketch in the subway...not to mention that there's no end of fun characters in my imagination!

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From My Sketchbook – Cartoon Snapshots of My Life Last Week

Lots of time spent commuting with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra to Princeton, NJ last week meant for some fun cartooning...

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From My Sketchbook – The Good, the Bad and the Smokey

There was so much about my recent trip to Paris that was wonderful.  Unexpectedly, my time spent sightseeing alone each day was partly what made the trip so memorable.

En Paris

As I explored the different Arrondisements, it didn’t matter if I stopped every five feet to snap a picture, decided to veer off my charted course to wander down an interesting side street, or found myself lost and had to retrace my steps.  When my feet got tired or I got hungry, I stopped to rest or to eat; and at the end of the day I always had adventures to report back to my husband.

My sketch book was always handy, and since Paris is a city for people watching my cafe breaks provided the perfect opportunity to try and capture the expressions and spirit of those around me.

cartoon head illustration studies

Quick sketch of cheerful middle aged man

In short, I would say that my entire trip was trés parfait except for one little thing.  Everyone (or so it seems) in Paris smokes – and I’m not referring to the occasional social cigarette.  Parisians seem to be heavy weight champions in the sport of chain smoking.  Sitting in the those wonderful outdoor cafes means you’re liable to be served up a side of cancer along with your Chèvre.

Quick sketch of Parisian girl smoking

C’est domage, but maybe by the next time I visit that will have changed.  Here’s hoping…








From My Sketchbook – A Foray into Gesture Drawing

My sketches this week combined elements of gesture drawing with cartooning...

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From My Sketchbook – A Prolific Week

It felt like I spent as much time sitting in trains last week as I did in my chair in the pit at Lincoln Center’s Koch Theater.  While playing for the Miami City Ballet was a treat, it was also a nice to have so many opportunities for people watching and sketching on the commutes.  Here are just a few of the sketches I did:

Woman in cardigan, glasses and sling-back shoes reading subway billboard…

sketch of woman in glasses reading a subway billboard

Long-haired woman wearing rain boots and patterned stockings…

quick sketch of woman with rain boots

Sketch of woman with sunglasses and leather jacket…

quick sketch of woman with sunglasses on the top of her head

Woman wearing retro-styled outfit and updo…

ink sketch of retro styled woman

Woman with cornrow braids and glasses…

ink sketch of woman with cornrow hairstyle


From My Sketchbook – The Travelers

We just arrived back home from a quick trip to Washington, D.C.  We were too early for the cherry blossoms, although I LOVED my visit to see the orchid show at the United States Botanical Garden.  (In case you missed my post about the visit, you can still see the photos here.)

Also memorable was our visit to the Holocaust Museum.  Memorable isn’t the only word that describes that experience, though.  Haunting, thought-provoking, heart-wrenching, disturbing, sad, overwhelming, and inspiring are also apt.  In any case, our D.C. trip felt very full and I confess that my sketchbook got a little forgotten.

But I did capture this young couple yesterday waiting for their train in Union Station.

Quick sketch of young couple sitting at Union Station

From My Sketchbook

Here's what caught my eye this week...

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From My Sketchbook

Multiple layers and hats was the fashion statement in NYC's brutal cold this week...

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