From My Sketchbook

A year ago I resolved to carry around a sketchbook and create, if possible, daily quick sketches.  I’ve had so much fun with the project, that I’m happily continuing it into year two.  My focus these days has shifted to capturing full figure sketches and action poses.

Here are a few such sketches from this week…

quick pen and ink sketch of man at Eric Kayser

Quick pen and ink sketch of woman leaning against subway wall

And while figures and their various proportions are my latest fascination, I haven’t strayed far from my obsession with faces either.

quick pen sketch of woman's face

 

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Friday’s Thought – Daily Treasures

Water droplets

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.”

(Thornton Wilder)

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My Favorite Things – Time

Since the New York City Ballet winter season started 2 1/2 weeks ago, I’ve had little to no free time.  But yesterday and today I finally got some…and I’ve been putting it to good use!

Yesterday, in my ongoing quest to simplify yet still make my illustrations as expressive as possible, I practiced creating some cartoon versions of myself.

My Life as a Cartoon #1 resized

My Life as a Cartoon #2 resized

My Life as a Cartoon #3 resized

I loved doing the facial expressions, but realized that I might need to rethink the body proportions as well.

My Life as a Cartoon #4 resized

(Where did my legs go?)

So today I worked on stick figure body drawings.  I felt like I wasn’t making much progress until I decided to create a more fantastical pixie-like creature.  Here she is…

Joana's Pixie for blog

 

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From My Sketchbook – Week 52

This week after getting a bit frustrated that I seem unable to capture more than just torsos in my small sketchbook…

Quick sketch of woman in hat

Quick sketch of woman with fun short hairstyle

I resorted to sketching in a quick stick figure “skeleton” first with ball point pen and then adding in the bulk of the figure afterwards.  

Voila!

Woman reading on the subway

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Friday’s Thought – On the Bright Side

New York skyline across the reservoir

“Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray.”

(Lord Byron)

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My Favorite Things – After the Snow

After winter storm Jonas, Central Park took on an almost carnival air with seemingly all of New York City out enjoying the snow.

sledders in Central Park after Winter Storm Jonas

But today as I walked home, the paths were mostly dry and clear, and except for the occasional jogger, I had the park to myself.  

Photo of Manhattan as seen looking towards Central Park South

The air was clean and crisp – perfectly refreshing and conducive to feeling in the moment.  (To be honest, I thought I might have even spied Buddha.)

Buddha snowman

Tomorrow’s warm forecast will probably melt the rest of the snow.  I’ll be sad to see these creatures go…

Conehead snowman

Cute snowman melting in the sunlight

Bye!

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From My Sketchbook – Week 51

With Winter Storm Jonas slamming into New York City this past week, Manhattan was transformed into a winter wonderland and it’s inhabitants into snow bunnies.  

On the subway I saw everything from fur coats…

Quick sketch of woman in fur coat looking at her iphone

To watchman caps and feathery scarves…

Quick sketch of woman with knit cap and fur scarf

And even some short parkas with tights!

Quick sketch of woman in short parka

Meanwhile, I suited up as well…in my ankle-length down coat complete with its ginormous hood, and my cloche hat.   

Photo of Joana during Storm Jonas

And boy was I happy I did!

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