Views on the city with shifts in angles and in scale

drawing of buildings from aerial viewdrawing of buildings from aerial viewNYC roads and parks (drawing)

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The kids love to karaoke

On a Friday night in Red Hook, a delightful reunion of friends over a swell dinner and lots of singing. (I don’t sing at karaoke, but I sure love listening and drawing.)

Saturday Sausage Party: a sketch in three phases

Here’s a sketch I did on the weekend; the view from a corner table. There was no place to sit at the bar, and the whole length of it was occupied by men. hence the snarky little title in the upper left. This is perhaps a 15-20 minute sketch done directly in ink.

Last evening I went back into it, first with my grey markers, and then with watercolor. Getting down some tonality before hitting the colors allowed me to distribute darks and lights. (I’m better at doing it in monochrome). I do enjoy the combination of alcohol-based and water-based media, it’s great to be able to layer back and forth.

The third image shows it in full color, and where I decided to leave it.
Also: for anyone else who’s still counting, this brings me up to 73 people (from one week 100 people, now on week 3, haha!)

Drawing people and feeding sea birds

Another half day spent at the beach, and two more people added to the sketchbook. I also made a silly little movie of sea birds —fluttering, fighting, and diving as they do— posted on Instagram.

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One week: 100 people [days 6-7]

Well, I’m sorry to report that I lost steam in this challenge! Saturday was a scorcher, and I did these few drawings while waiting for the ferry and at the beach, but not enough. And Sunday, well, Sunday I was exhausted and the thought of 36 more drawings was too much. I will continue drawing people, obviously (it’s one of the things I do), and will re-visit this challenge again.

In fairness, there were about 6-7 people in the book that I left out, didn’t count, as they just weren’t up to snuff, so technically I suppose I made it to at least 70 out of 100. Ah well!

These are people observed at bars over several weeks

More from the sketchbook with the paper I’m not keen to work on. The book is finished (enough). Here are the last few that were decent enough to post (even if marginally). Some work with a brush pen here, but those things require a light touch, so I need to work on that.

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People in the backyard on Sunday

sketch of people at Ice House
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I went to the Ice House in Red Hook after stopping in at Bait & Tackle. There are always lots of people to observe and sketch on a fine day in the backyard there.
Although I think this structural meditation on the wall is my favorite of these three.
Painted version of sketch number one below. Not so effective; gotta get more strategic with where, why, and how I add color.sketch of people at Ice House

Scenes from the people’s beach at Jacob Riis Park

How swimming in the ocean leaves a pretzel taste on the lips

The feeling when

You’ve got back from the beach—
shook out the sand
donned fresh togs.

Open the window, or maybe
the air conditioner.

Nothing left.
All’s as it was before the beach
Save that pretzel taste on your lips
and a fine tiredness—

that welcome, long lost fatigue
peculiar to beach days.

Some sketches: warm, bright, like summer

watercolor sketch of people
Friday evening I rode my bike to Red Hook to surprise a friend at work and have dinner at Hope & Anchor (delicious). A street fair was underway. It was a good excursion. I needed to get outside, having not felt very well all day, and stuck indoors during lovely weather.

I rode back by way of North Slope (took the long way round), and stopped in at one of my usual spots to do some observational sketches.
watercolor sketch of a womanwatercolor sketch of an interiorwatercolor sketch of an exterior
And finally, the Babadook, who’s been enjoying an accidental rebirth as an LGBQT icon, and popping up a lot now that it’s Pride month— as Saturday was Pride Day in Brooklyn, I did a sassy little portrait of ol’ B 🙂Babadook! Brooklyn Pride sketch