The NYC Urban Sketchers met at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria yesterday. I wasn't sure it would be a good spot for sketching, but it ended up having more things to sketch than I expected...it was just different than sketching outdoors.
The museum has all sorts of old artifacts of anything related to movies or television.
I found an old projector. I should have copied down the date it was manufactured but I didn't think of it at the time. It was one of the older ones in the room.
In another room they had all sort of memorabilia from movies.
There was a reproduction of Yoda.
I am not a fan of horror movies but there was a razor glove from "Nightmare on Elm Street" as well as an oversized sweater from "A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Dream Master." In my sketch it doesn't look very oversized because I stuck it next to the glove which I made mighty big.
Another room had costumes, but my favorite room had all these toys, puppets, lunch boxes, games, and anything you could think of that went with some very early televisions shows. Some of the shows I hadn't thought about in years!
I sketched the Howdy Doody puppet c. 1955. I loved that show as a kid.
There were also some mutoscopes from 1899 which were movie viewers where you turned a crank and it flipped book inside to make the picture move like a movie.
At this point we left the museum and went to lunch. I sketched a few people at another table.
When we went back I headed for the same room.
This time I sketched the Pebbles Flintstone doll, c. 1963.
They had a fun theater called the Jungle Theater. Right inside the entrance they had a fake candy counter. For some reason they had it decorated in Egyptian motif not a jungle motif.
It was fun to sketch.
I think we all enjoyed sketching there and it was a good winter location.