Tuesday, November 25, 2014

A Dr. Sketchy Event

After our day of sketching at the Fulton Street Terminal 6 of us decided to go and sketch at a Dr. Sketchy event down on Orchard Street. What is a Dr. Sketchy event you may ask. Well here is what is on their website.

"Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art school is the world's premier alt.drawing movement. Artists draw glamorous underground performers in an atmosphere of boozy conviviality. Found in 2005 in a dive bar in Brooklyn, Dr. Sketchy's has now spread to over 10 cities around the world."

Several of the women in our group had attended these events in the past few months, and they gave us a little info about what to expect art wise and model wise before we went. Artists sit on couches, ottomans, chairs, tables, and the floor while the models pose on stage.  The event lasts from 4 - 7 pm. On Saturday the theme was "Men Who Would Be Women and Women Who Would Be Men." The three models were dressed in costumes ala the early 1920's. One woman was dressed as "Sammy Tramp" although she was much too classy for a tramp. The other woman was dressed in rather ordinary clothes from that era. "Johnny Panic", a guy who had this svelte body was dressed in a long sequined red halter gown, long black gloves with red fringe, and heels. She/he looked striking. lol Some of the poses got a little risqué but it was all in fun. Was everyone drinking? Not really. I didn't have time. We were too busy trying to capture the poses which first started with 1, 2, 3, and then 5 minute poses. Here are my quick sketches. I was drawing with a Tombow marker which has a narrow tip on one end and a sort of brush tip at the other. The ink bleeds when you touch it with water, which is how I shaded the later sketches.

Johnny Panic had feather fans.

The poses got a little longer.

And as they got longer I could take time to shade a bit.

These were the 15 minute poses. Usually all 3 models were posing together but there was no way I could do 3 people in the time we had...or fit them on my paper.

Then the pose times got shorter again...back to 5, 3, and 1 minute poses.
If you look carefully you will see that the guy dressed as a woman has no dress on in the last sketch. He did a bit of a strip-tease at the end of the long poses right down to a g-string. lol Here are the rest of my sketches.

The crowd at the event included a lot of young sketchers in their 20s-30s. We were probably the only "seniors" in the group, but we didn't mind. Our plan is to go back again. The Dr. Sketchy events are held about once a month so we will be watching for them.

Needless to say my fingers were exhausted after sketching from before 9 am until 7 pm. lol

Monday, November 24, 2014

A Trip to the Fulton Transit Center

Since it takes me so long to get into the city from out here in Suffolk County, I usually get to sketch a few commuters on the ride in on the Long Island Railroad. 
Here are the victims/commuters that I drew yesterday.

The NYC Urban Sketchers were meeting at the Fulton Transit Center in lower Manhattan which just opened a few weeks ago. It is a very futuristic building and the architecture isn't easy to sketch.

When I arrived at the Fulton Transit Center I was early so I decided to venture out into the cold to do a view from outside. I finished this but I was really cold! It felt so good to walk back into the warm building when I was done.

I headed inside and tried to do the view looking up to the top of the dome. I used a Tombow marker for the first time and didn't realize that it bleeds until I started adding watercolors. It made the sketch look a little different than I wanted.

I could see the hotdog vendor from my next spot which was sitting over the wonderful heating vent. (It was such a cosy spot.) So this time I sketched a bit of the inside and the outside too. It was nice that one of the security people was hanging around.

Mark, Mark, and Mary were busy sketching. 
I always enjoy sketching some of the other sketchers.

After lunch Pat, Jeff and I headed underground to the subway. Each time a train came through the cast of characters across on the other platform changed. I kept adding new people as each train left and new people arrived. We sketched until we were too cold. There is no heat down in the subway and it was rather drafty. I had already put on my scarf and fingerless gloves so I decided it was time to head upstairs and get warm again.

Here are the sketches that the three of us did in one photo.
(Left to right...Pat's iPad sketch, my watercolor, and Jeff's watercolor.)

After sharing our sketches a group of us headed over to the "Dr. Sketchy" event on Orchard St.
I will tell you about that tomorrow...be sure to come back.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

End of the Path

I thought I would be done with the autumn colors but every once in a while I still pass a spot with a bit of color like this. This is one of the paths going into the Grange in Sayville.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Just Sketchin'

The other day after a good, hearty oatmeal breakfast

I went with my husband to the local library. While he was looking for what he needed, I did some sketches of the people there. For some reason I only sketched men...hummm...

like the guy reading the newspaper,

and someone on his computer,

the guy sitting at the table across from me,

another man reading,

a guy working on his tablet,

 another guy working on his computer,

and a third guy working on his computer.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Carousel Horse

The other evening the Patchogue Sketch Club was meeting at the Sun Vet Mall in Holbrook for our weekly sketch outing. At this time of year we need to have an indoor location. I wasn't looking forward to it because it is one of those small malls that all the stores are pulling out of. It isn't scenic at all. Imagine my surprise to find that along with the Santa setup they brought in a carousel and a Christmas train ride. Lucky for us nothing was operating yet, so the carousel wasn't moving and I was able to sketch the horse that was right in front of me. (I have sketched moving carousels before and they are not easy...a different horse or creature stops in front of you each time. lol) We do plan to go back and sketch Santa or the train another time.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sky and Trees

Sometimes when I drive around I see something and have to stop immediately. I had been near one of our local parks and I could see this view across the lawn of the park. So I pulled in the entrance, turned my car to face the view, and went at it!
Sadly, we have had a few cold, windy days and most of the beautiful colored leaves are now gone from the trees. I don't like seeing them so bare. It will be a challenge to search and find some trees that are still "in bloom."

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Park Entrance

I found this path in the middle of the autumn colors by a park in Sayville. If you walk along the path you end up at the water.