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May 24, 2019

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA

It was a gorgeous Spring Day in Philadelphia and I had just arrived for a reunion.  I took a long walk and revisited Rittenhouse Square.  There were people at every outdoor restaurant, sitting on every bench, and even over the grass.  I sat on the wall of a fountain with many others and sketched this little building in the middle of the park.  

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May 21, 2019

People Drawing People: Portraits

I'm behind on my Sketchbook Skool class People Drawing People, and here are  homework drawings - portraits of Carlos Aponte and Felix Scheinberger.  I intend to go back and watch all of the 5 weekly classes again, and then I will finally have time to do more drawings.  For now, here are 2 portraits that were drawn as these faculty artists were being interviewed by Danny Gregory online, i.e. they were also in motion.  They were both drawn with graphite on scraps of copy paper. 

Carlos Aponte

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Felix Scheinberger

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May 14, 2019

Drawn, Not Painted

These are homework drawings from the Sketchbook Skool online class People Drawing People.   These have been busy weeks and I just need a morning to sit down with a hot cup of coffee to paint them with watercolor.  I'm really enjoying this class and all of the demos by individual artists.  The demos are 4-10 minutes long for each artist, but they talk the entire time they are drawing, and it is an amazing glimpse into their thought processes. 

Kettle Drums and Drummer at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center

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 Starbucks at Barnes and Noble Book Store

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May 7, 2019

People Drawing People: Sketchbook Skool May 3, 2019

Figure Drawing with a Live Model

This week in the Sketchbook Skool online People Drawing People Course, the theme was foreshortening.  In this 20 minute pose our model rested her head on her hand and her face was foreshortened in a way I've never drawn before.  I sketched the model with a General Sketch and Wash Pencil for the first part and then used a waterbrush to spread the graphite to areas I wanted to shade.

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May 3, 2019

Practicing Figure Drawing with the Masters

I am currently taking the Sketchbook Skool 5 week online course People Drawing People.  This week I joined artist friends at 2 NYC art exhibits: Self-Portraits at Neue Gallerie and Lucien Freud at Acquavella Gallery.  I chose a self-portrait drawing by Egon Schiele to copy because the hands were great.  And I chose one of only several figure drawings in the Freud exhibit - Big Sue Tilley.  She was floating in space in his drawing, so I added a big chair for her.

Egon Schiele:  Self Portrait with Hand Twisting Around Head  Graphite Drawing

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Lucien Freud:  Big Sue Tilley  Ink Drawing

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