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Mobile Library

Spent time in Millenium Park this weekend past and captured people stopping by the Sketchbook Project’s Mobile Library which was on a cross country tour from it’s home base in Brooklyn.

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Absolutely loving drawing in this Tomoe River Paper sketchbook. Mostly making use out of Pitt Artist Brush Pens but also dragging along 2 fountain pens, a LamyAccent and a Graf Von Faber-Castell Classic. Both have been great to work with and the Tomoe is customer tailored to showcase their wet, fluid lines. For the past year, I’ve used Platinum Carbon Ink for the fountain pens almost exclusively. Some of the really bold contours were drawn with a 1.5 Pitt Pen. A UniBall and a grease pencil round out the basic kit seen below on an unroll pen wrap.

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Sheen

This week, I’m throwing up a collection of head studies and anonymous portraits captured while drawing in public, largely on public transit.

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Making use of the same tool kit I have worked with over the last few years. Fountain pens such as Pelikan M215 and M250, Faber-Castell Basic Black Leather, Sailor Bent Nib, Lamy Studio, all filled with Platinum Carbon ink. Don’t forget to rinse you fountain pens out on a regular basis, say 2-4 weeks. And, I make use of the full range of F-C Pitt Pens, all colors, all greys, and the whole variety of nib widths. And yes, those are my fingerprints, it’s automatic copyrighting.

Jason x 6

As I have for the last dozen years, I rose early to scoot downtown to the Palette & Chisel for their annual New Year’s Day Life Drawing Marathon. Got in at 7:30 am and left for an early supper at 4 pm. Left this year with a few I liked.

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On the way in and warming up with a sketch of a gent sleeping it off.

seated Lean back Trio sprints Twist Left over right Back Pair Rear contrposto Front

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All drawings in this post were drawn in a ruled journal with Faber-Castell Pitt Artist Pens. While I like the surface and ivory color of the paper, and feel that it has a nice fidelity to the marks, producing a clean edge void of feathered lines, the drying time of the inks is fairly quick so I have next to no time to smudge or dab all but the heaviest and wettest application of ink. Most of the black line work was done with a Pitt Artist Pen with a 1.5 in which produces a strong line with some, though modest, variance of line width. Minimal use was made of a Pelikan M250 Tortoise with a gold B nib that is a dream to draw with but the slight sizing didn’t let me put her thru the gears.

Just a side note, I used to identify the models by their first names sometimes as a way to help catalogue so many drawings, i.e., Pete 1, Pete 2, Mary standing 1, etc. but one of the models who had an unusual name that was also shared by a porn star, started getting harassed by co-workers when one or more of those jackasses discovered the nude drawings of her, downloaded them, and e-mailed them to her colleagues. I had to go back to all those drawings and re-edit and in some cases, delete them from my website.

just another example of the upside/downside to this wonderfully virulent tool.

 

 

 

Mall reader

Winter seems to have sagged hereabouts, just as I was finally getting the resolve to got stand outside on a face numbing day to draw. So the weeks set of drawing was more locals in transit and some grown up mall rats.

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Theater crowd John 2x The Russkie 2x

Back at The Palette & Chisel for a less than stellar Friday night life drawing session. Drew rather timidly on the nudes didn’t get much accomplished. A winter with sparse drawing is starting to show in the sluggish character of the drawings, especially the nudes.

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Some nude studies from the past year.

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robed grip knee up J w/pole pony tail photo-689  Janet twist Janet 2 photo-691 J in recline Elizabeth

Burning thru my reserves of ledger books but that is not all bad. I’ve been really leaning on Pitt Pens and fountain pens and it might prove interesting if not valuable to make a concerted return to graphite.

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