Nude 3/2 1 3/2 CTA 3/2 b 3/2 c 3/2 d

Monday night and off I go to life drawing. It’s cold and now a farther commute since I moved to Evanston, so i’m not getting there regularly but had the need to put in a few hours with the figure. Trains were crowded on the way back so didn’t get in as much drawing during the commute as i’d like but…

The usual gear, pitt Pens, Fountain pen, platinum carbon ink, on a Strathmore toned sketchbook.

Monday Nite and Somebody’s Naked

  • March 3rd, 2015
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Field Museum

Wintering in Chicago with a brief jaunt to NYC. The above drawing is in the Field Museum in Chicago during an outing with about 40+ Chicago based Urban Sketchers. Drawn with Faber-Castell Pitt Pens and fountain pen, plus White Pitt Pen and white China Marker.

Top bun Dude in ski cap Freddie Oyster Bar in GCT OLeather chair Grand Central kiosk Cops in GCT AMNH AMNH AMNH2 RF

The chair that resembles a baseball mitt was by the Men and Women’s lavatories in the Oyster Bar beneath the main concourse of Grand Central Terminal, followed by pictures of that and police officers in the GCT lobby. The three drawings of animals are from the exquisite dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History.

 

 

Embracing The Winter

Street discussion

I accidentally trashed this entry so I’ll attempt to reinstall it.

When I originally put this post up the Illinois legislature put a rider into  Senate Bill SB1342 that made it a felony to record on duty officers of the law without their permission. This bill had majority support in both houses from both parties. I still haven’t obtained an understanding of how broadly the term “record” will be interpreted. My personal belief is the recording of police or law officials is not a threat to their effective performance of their duties and actually serves to enhance the public and court’s understanding of conditions on the ground during police actions. This rider serves to restrain the roll of the press, the freedom of speech and the nature of informed consent necessary to have an enlightened citizenry whose job it is to elect officials, judges, representatives.

image  imageimage image image  image NATO rally image image image image image image image image image image image  Wtw 1 In line @ P.O. Large and in charge Court officer Bus station security In hand Frosted glass

Some of the medium used in the above drawings were:

old ledger books and diaries, Utrecht toned sketchbooks, Stillmann & Birn sketchbooks both the Alpha and Epsilon series, Seven Seas Tomoe River Paper, Moleskine watercolor sketchbooks.

a variety of fountain pens, Lamy Studio, Pelikan M215(fine, medium, and broad nibs), several Faber-Castell fps, – Ambition, Ondoro, and Graf von Faber-Castell Classic and Guilloche, Sailor 1911, Sailor brush nib! Namiki’s Vanishing Point and Falcon, and Pelikano Juniors. I fill these pens with Platinum Carbon ink, Noodler’s Ottoman Blue and Electric Eel, and several Iroshizuku inks.

White china Markers aka grease pencils, and Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens

 

 

 

Watching The Watchers

Troy Snuzr2 Snuzr3 Snuzr4  Snuzr6 Snuzr6 Snuzr7 Snuzr8  Snuzr8 Snuzr9 Snuzr10 Snuzr11 Snuzr12 Snuzr13 Snuzr14 Snuzr 15 Snuzr16 Snuzr16 Snuzr17 Snuzr18 Snuzr20 Snuzr 19 Snuzr20 Snuzr21 Snuzr22 Snuzr23 Snuzr24 Snuzr25 image

While I love drawing out in public and capturing spontaneous events, a practice that helped me when I went into court and drew the proceedings for a local media company, The environment is dynamic and shit don’t hold still. But, if you happen upon someone overcome by exhaustion or boredom, their catnap becomes your opportunity to record a very natural moment where the subject isn’t posing, self aware, tense, or twitching, given to nervous movement or distractions. They may still be restless in sleep and adjust them selves automatically for comfort sake, or stirred by dream anxiety, but, you can get several minutes of fascinating pose or expression. My usual custom applies where I take advantage of the several pens I carry so that I can go from detail to broad areas and back to specific features. Given how the paper is reacting I may use Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Brush Pens, fountain pens of which I like, Pelikan M215, Pelikano Juniors, Sailor 1911, Lamy Studio,Graf von Faber-Castell Guilloche and Classics, Namiki Vanishing Point, Namiki Falcon, Saior Brush Nib fountain pen, any of which could have a fine, medium, or broad nib, the broad being my preferred. I also make use in toned paper of grease pencils aka White China Markers.

The sketch books I enjoy vary considerably and while I tend to prefer smooth or hot pressed surfaced paper I occasionally will turn to more textured pare such as water colored paper for the attributes it brings in surface and absorbency. Some of those books and pads are, Strathmore tan and grey toned hard bound sketchbooks, ledger books – those lines don’t bother me, Moleskine watercolor sketchbooks – the only Moleskines I bother with, Seven Seas River paper – great pad, lousy binding, StillmN & Birn Epsilon Series – the bound, not a fan of spirals, and A sketchbook, name unknown, that uses a renewable source called Lakota from Nepal.

Rarely if ever have I used graphite in sketchbooks for some forty years now, I have used Faber-Castell Aquarelle graphite and do like the intensity you can get in the washes of this very beautiful water soluble medium. Mostly, primarily, preferably, I use ink. Ballpoint pens were the go-to tool for years by in the last decade and a half I use brush pens or fountain pens and in those the inks I like are Platinum Carbon which sets up so you can apply washes over you line work. I also like some of the Noodlers Bulletproof inks though they release a bit depending on the paper being cellulose or not. I also like Irishuzuku inks tho they are not water proof they are gorgeous inks with lovely flow.

Dreamlandia

Ralph

Always try to have an auspicious start to the year by getting to the Palette & Chisel’s 12 hour New Year’s Day Life Drawing Marathon. Hadn’t drawn much in the week that led up to this much anticipated event. Shook some of the rust off .

Sara prone Pole in hand Melissa in coils Sideways

The trek in Fan & fanny nyd 1 nydbia 1 nydbia 3 P&C a NYD LDM 4 P&C 4 P&C nydldm 1

Headed out with a large ledger book and a new sketchbook, a Seven Seas Tomoe River Pad – the paper I’m most excited to draw on. It is a very thin paper that holds an edge when drawn on with fountain pen and Pitt Pens, and doesn’t bled. Quite remarkable for a paper as light weight, just a bit more substantial than onion skin or tracing paper.

Back on platform 1/9/15 a 1/9/15 b 1/9/15c

Added the last few from the latest visit to the Friday night session. Wicked cold outside and I was having a lousy time warming up my drawing skills despite having gotten a nice very rapid sketch of a passenger on the way to the P&C(just below). Preoccupied with too many other pursuits and not drawing as regularly as I’d like and I’m lacking a fluid feel much of the time.

Have been working with Platinum Carbon ink in the fountain pens with very little exception and not being that diligent about flushing or cleaning some of the pens that regularly. Not to many issues. The Sailors and the Pelikans pretty much flow whenever I put the to pad. Had a bit of an issue with one pen but that may have been due to sub zero temps here in Chicago.

Leopard scarf

 

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