I had to do some work this week at the American Museum of Natural History and was able to do a few more quick sketches of people riding the subway. I normally don’t ride the subway when it’s so crowded and I had a challenging time trying to see around people in order to draw the person sitting directly across from me. These were two that seemed to work out alright.
New York City hit 104 degrees yesterday and today isn’t much better unless you consider a 2 degree difference refreshing. My wife and I knew that our window unit air conditioners weren’t going to cut it so we grabbed our laptops along with my sketchbook and our daughter Emma and headed to the Tea Lounge. We obviously weren’t the only ones with that idea. When we got there we couldn’t even find a place to sit because the place was entirely packed. We didn’t care. It was about 78 degrees inside and felt like we’d just walked into a meat locker. As Emma polished off a red velvet cupcake and my wife caught up on some work on her computer, I pulled out my sketchbook and started to sketch the woman reading on the couch in front of me.
It was quite challenging since it was such low light and it was difficult to make out key features. It’s funny, but I think I’ve become spoiled with the lighting on the subway and having a model only a few feet from me. Anyway, I gave it my best shot and, best of all, stayed cool while doing it.
Comments are welcome.– Dave
Another ride on the F train prompted a quick sketch of the woman sitting across from me. I think it’s pretty obvious what inspired me to take out my sketchbook this time. It’s too bad she got off the train a few stops before mine because I was really enjoying this drawing and felt I was starting to get into the flow of it.
It’s always a roll of the dice when you pick a model that happens to be on the New York City subway.
Comments are welcome.
It’s rare that my son Sebastian sits still long enough where I can actually attempt to draw him. Teenagers usually aren’t real interested in staying in one place. However, he recently purchased an ipad for his 13th birthday (yes, he saved enough money) and it seems to be the thing that will keep him occupied and frozen in time. Well, that and reading- but he usually does that in his room.
So this was my attempt to draw him sitting on our couch
completely mesmerized by his new toy. I think I captured the look he always has on his face when he’s in his ipad coma. I really could’ve used about 20 more minutes to develop the drawing further but I figure the 30 he gave me was about 20 more than what he thought he was going to do.
Now how do I get my 6 year old to sit still?
All comments or suggestions are welcome.
One thing I’ve always enjoyed is drawing my own hands. Well, mainly my left hand since I’m a righty. I remember sitting in class as early as elementary school and sketching my hand as the teacher would talk away. I believed, at that young age, that you could draw almost anything else if you could draw a human hand. I still think it’s a pretty good measuring stick.
Since I’m still only in my first week of getting back to sketching I thought I’d give it a shot and see if I could pull it off. The rust is definitely there and will take some time to shake off but I could feel a little bit of the old artist coming back. Just a little bit though. Well, at least my measuring stick has it’s first reading.
Feel free to comment.