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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00073-00078 – Westminster Cathedral, A windmill, and a housing project

28 April 2014 § Leave a comment

Another set of drawings here from my trip out to London.  Below is the Windmill I visited–whcih was quite an adventure to get to.  It was located at the very end of a train line, and then about a mile walk from the station.  It was worth it though–a very beautiful suburb, very quiet too, and it was beautiful weather.  It’s nice sometimes to be far away from home, in a place where you no noone and you have only yourself to rely on.

The other drawings are of Westminster Cathedral (different from Westminster Abbey)  and of a housing project–I will try to find the name because it was a very progressive idea & well done.

Whenever I think back of where I visited, I must say that I probably would not go out of my way to visit any of these places again.   Where I would again visit St Peters or Westminster Abbey or the Cliffs of Mohar, these sorts of places below could really only have been visited with ample amounts of time on hand.  It makes me sad to think I may not have a chance again in my life to spend months and months in London, free to roam & explore.

I guess I will have to try to do my best to see all of NYC!

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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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00046-00048 Around & Underground the town

14 February 2014 § Leave a comment

Happy Valentines Day!  I was actually thinking I might look through some of my old sketches to see if I ever did anything on a Valentines Day but I got caught up with another project last night–building a fort in my apartment!  We have a huge galvanized steel bar set that we use for our Parkour events that we reconfigured in our apartment.  My partner and I did an excellent job and, as a bonus, once the sheets come off the fort it actually is a fantastic indoor mini-parkour-gym, so double win.  Plus tonight we’ll be cooking our own dinner; fresh cuts of ribeye with selections from our very first farm-fresh delivery from Nextdoorganics (A pay-as-you-go CSA that I highly recommend to anyone living in Brooklyn).  I will definitely be doing a drawing of that as well once a week! I love food and I love brooklyn!

Anyways, these three drawings reflect that I have been very bad at drawing every day for the last two weeks.  I have only accomplished about 4 drawings between January 29th and Today…. 😦  I will draw double time this weekend and next week to make up for it a little bit. But.. most of them will probably be of indoor things since the snow just doesn’t stop. 😦

January 29th – On the subway on a Friday after work on the subway.  This woman, I wish I had time to capture in water color; golden brown furry coat with matching boots, bright blue jeans, dull red hat, and a tangle of scraggly brown hair.
February 2nd – Washington Square Park as I walked through before/after my NY AIA Review seminar for the ARE BDCS (Less than 2 months away now!)
February 11th – The stairwell in a downtown Manhattan subway station as I was waiting to transfer from the J to the M train.  I really like axonometric drawings…

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