00094-00098 Christ Church & The Highline

13 August 2014 § 2 Comments

For a change I have a few very, very recent sketches.  The first set is from Christ Church, located on the Upper East side.  I was hoping to add a second perspective to that page below, so hopefully I will get a chance to return and give you an update on it!  The final image is a set of thumbnails from the highline.  I started walking south on the highline from the 30th street entry and drew a thumbnail (no more than 5-7 minutes) at every block interval.  We are almost up to 100 images on this blog, which is fantastic.  The process of scanning, prepping, and uploading is quite time consuming.  I have at least 30 sketchbooks of content and no time to scan, and not a very good scanner at that (if you haven’t noticed that I’ve made a lot of my sketches b/w and only can really upload the ink ones atm).  Hopefully I’ll get a chance to upgrade soon!

 

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00089-00093 Miscellaneous

10 August 2014 § Leave a comment

So this set of sketches is a bit of a amalgam in respects to subject.  They basically didn’t fit in any of my recent posts and I wanted to just upload them to make sure I got them in on the count. There are two from where I live in Brooklyn.  The first is of a brownstone that is across the street from me.  I had gotten locked out of my apartment so, with time to kill before my partner came home, I put down some lines.  The other brownstone-y image is from my backyard, looking across the way.  This was just before we put up our new fence! The last three are as follows: Conservatory Waters (which you may recall I had sketched earlier as well), a thumbnail from my visit to Ocean Gate, and a 10 minute thumbnail of a famous painting.

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00085-00088 A few days at the office

3 August 2014 § Leave a comment

Occasionally I have to attend meetings that last easily over an hour, so sometimes I find that noodling around a bit actually improves my ability to focus over long periods of time and listen to others.  I’m sure there is some research out there that supports this.  Here are a few sketches I made over a week or so during internal meetings at The Arsenal.  I actually really liked how these came out–they have a comic-y feel.

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00079-00084 On the Subway

31 July 2014 § Leave a comment

I haven’t forgotten about this blog–I’ve just been busy studying for my ARE’s (Architecture Registration Exams, for those of you non-arch-inclined)! There are seven exams in total and I actually passed my first exam, BDCS!  Presently I am in the process of preparing for Structures (testing in September!) and with any luck, I should be posting up a few of my sketch book pages of studies too at one point.

In the meantime, here is a small collection of sketches I’ve completed while on the subway over the last month. I must say that drawing on the subway is a bit difficult.  First of all, you really need to have a seat, which can be difficult during peak hours.  Second, it can be quite a bumpy ride, which requires a steady hand and the embracement of the sketchiness!  Third, and finally, everyone is constantly moving and shifting, and you never know when your subject is going to just disappear completely.  This part though can be quite fun, and actually makes the whole process a lot less stressful.  Because you only have a few seconds to capture your subject, you learn to make quick decisions on what lines are important to get down.  You dont have to worry about the details, but the essence.

And for that reason, I really enjoy subway sketching. I hope you enjoy these!

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00063-00067 St. Pauls Cathedral, London

27 February 2014 § Leave a comment

Hello all! It has been almost a week since I have updated, and not for very good reason.  The combination of work, travel, and my birthday has prevented me from sitting down and uploading.. and studying for that matter.  I’ve seriously been slacking.  But now that it is almost March, and my first ARE exam is but a few weeks away, I need to rev back up full force into studying.

Which leaves me conflicted and also desperate for time.  With the addition of a few other ideas/projects, I need to really be very efficient with my time usage.  I will wake up at 630 AM from now on and spend the first hour doing my speed painting challenge.  My lunch breaks from now on will be used to study for my exam.  My evenings will be for writing & company work… and cooking! All the delicious cooking I can!  Somewhere in there I promise to also include my drawing.  I also will post up my paints & digital art as I work through those as well.

Below are several sketches from my 2010 visit to London!  I took a whole day to go visit St. Pauls Cathedral–a wonderful piece of architecture–and spent several hours touring the surrounding area & the cathedral itself.  It is beautiful!  These were completed with ink & graphite, with a touch of watercolor.

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00056-00062 The Woods

19 February 2014 § Leave a comment

This selection of sketches were done on site in New Jersey in the woods behind my house way back in 2010.  I think they came out great for what they were–quick thumbnails in the grass.  I have never been particularly good at landscape drawing (probably because I am always surrounded by architecture) so every now and then I try to focus a bit on it.   I used pencil for it seemed more natural at the time, and easier to utilize when trying to quickly capture a range of line weights.  Though I am an avid, avid ink enthusiast, on the occasions that I do use pencil, I carry along with me a small (travel-sized) can of hairspray. Hair spray acts like a fixative and I can quickly spray my drawings & fix the pencil (to reduce fading/smudging) right there on site.  Quite handy for anyone who regularly is on the go with their graphite!

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00049-00055 Syracuse street & Greenscape design

16 February 2014 § Leave a comment

Since it’s the weekend, I have continued with my efforts to reorganize my digital archive.  Through this process I have been setting aside sketches found from college years completed for my design projects.  The following set was for a project set in Syracuse city.  The initial sketch, done on site of the project location, I then made copies of & sketched over several times to explore different design ideas for the site.  The first two are the before (empty, on site sketch) and the after (the final design I selected).  I also included a few of the process images–there were tons of these, but the ones below are my favorites.
I also hope to , as I get a little more downtime, to colorize the initial sketch.

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