I’ve been working on a series of head illustrations for an upcoming project, so it follows that hats, fascinators and faces have been on my mind a lot lately.
To that end, here are two head sketches. The first was drawn from real life on the subway…
And the second was picked out of my imagination.
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“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.”
The Brooklyn Bridge isn’t really in “my neck of the woods”, but walking it is one of my favorite things to do with out-of-town guests when they visit. With my Portuguese cousins today I lucked out not only with the weather, but with the timing of our walk.
As we started out, the sun was beginning to set…
And the buildings behind us softened in the late afternoon light.
The Empire State Building was majestically framed within the arch of the Manhattan bridge…
While on a more human level rusty locks clasped onto the struts of the bridge served as reminders of promises and hopeful wishes.
Every time I cross the bridge I am awed by this majestic span…
And the intricacies of its construction.
How lucky that I can call this city my home!
The weather took a definite fall-like turn this past week. Even though we had rainy days and lots of grey skies, wearing socks, shoes and long pants felt like a welcome change. I wasn’t the only one bundled up either.
From outside our window I sketched this lady equipped with her rain boots and umbrella…
And this woman wearing a jacket and peplum top in the subway.
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“Imagination is the eye of the soul.”
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Much as I expected, this past week I had ample opportunities for sketching on my numerous commutes to Lincoln Center and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. I also took the opportunity to explore different techniques of working with my new synthetic Aquash water/ink brush.
These techniques ranged from quick gesture portraits from my imagination, like this…
And quick gesture portraits inspired by some of the riders around me, like this…
To more detailed study drawings like this.
In addition to using the brush pen for outline sketches as above, I also practiced using it to lay in a quick mass of “color” for body shapes. I then followed by adding in the holding outlines and further details with a ball point pen.
In case you’re curious, I used the above technique for this illustration (now available in my shop at Etsy) substituting Copic Sketch markers for the “ink wash” and using a fine line paintbrush dipped in India ink for the holding outlines. No preliminary pencil drawing was used.
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