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From My Sketchbook – Week 26

In addition to having quite a few subway commutes last week which provided me with ample opportunities for sketching, I had a number of short breaks during the first act of my Wicked shows in which to sketch.  Some of the sketches were from my imagination, like this one…

Surprised girl sketchWhile others were of colleagues around me.  One of the interesting people I’ve met since starting to sub with the show is clarinetist John Moses.  His profile just happens to be right in my line of vision when I’m sitting in the viola chair in the pit, so I did this quick colored pencil sketch of him during one of the shows.

Sketch of John Moses


And in case you’re interested, here’s a neat video clip of John which shows the stage door entrance to the Gerswhin Theater where Wicked has been running for the past 12 years, as well as what it’s like to be in the pit at the show. At the 1 minute 13 second mark, you’ll see John in profile as I do when I’m at the show…


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From My Sketchbook – Week 22

In my ongoing quest to take my illustrations to the next level, I’ve been spending some time going back to basics.  Meet…

The Stick Figure!

Stick figure fashion illustration

(You’d be surprised just how challenging drawing the stick figure can actually be!)

Of course, the next step is to flesh out the body…but with only a minimum of details.  

quick punk girl sketch

(As you can see, I overdid it on this one, but I think you will still get the idea.)

What’s next?  A hell of a lot more practice, for one.  Or, as one of my violin teachers used to say…hours of fun!


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From My Sketchbook – Week 20

Unlike last week, I was actually quite prolific in my sketchbook this week.  Chalk that up to the fact that I was travelling so much through the city for rehearsals and shows.  Here is a trio of sketches (again, all done on my subway rides):

bald man looking at his cell phone on the subway

sketch of woman with head scarf

African American woman in sunglasses


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Keeping it Simple…

In the quest to create illustrations that are whimsical, upbeat and fun, I keep coming back to the need to keep things simple.  You’d think “simple” would be easy, but it’s actually not!

After hours of slaving at my drafting table today (ok, I’m exaggerating, but maybe not as much as you’d think!) here’s what emerged…

Cafe des Amis( By the way, I also joined Instagram today, so if you’d like to follow me there I’ve added an Instagram button to the sidebar of my blog. )


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From My Sketchbook – Week 16

This week I found myself sketching men instead of women…for no other reason except that there seemed to be more interesting men than women on my subway commutes.  The following sketches were all done on Saturday…which also happened to be the day that I played two shows at Lincoln Center.  Exhausting, yes.  But nice in that the “back and forth” on the subway gave me more sketching time than usual.

On my first trip down to the theater, I noticed a group of sailors in my subway car (Fleet Week 2015 wraps up tomorrow).  Although we only overlapped for one stop, I was able to do this partial sketch…

Fleet Week sailor sketch

Before I moved on to sketching this young man.

Young african american man ink sketch

Later in the evening I captured this fine specimen!

Young Hispanic man ink sketch

What’s next?  Well, since I did the above sketch on the last page of my current sketchbook, I’m excited to be starting a brand new sketch book this week.  Better yet, my new sketchbook promises bleed-proof pages.  I’m excited to try it out.  Hope you’ll stay tuned…


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From My Sketchbook – Week 12

Last week I had my bottom pretty much glued to the chair at my drafting table.   So, although I was constantly drawing, I didn’t have too many opportunities for real-life sketching.  But when I did finally venture out, I made sure to bring my sketchbook along.  The following two sketches  are the “bookends” for my sketching output for the week.

From 4/21…

ink sketch of lady walking

And from today (technically the start of a new week, but who’s counting?)…

Quick ink sketch of lady with glasses

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From My Sketchbook – Week 10

This past week I did more viola playing than sketching (you can read some of the nice reviews of New York City Ballet‘s performances at the Kennedy Center here and here); but on the 3+ hour train ride home yesterday evening I did quite a bit of catching up.  In fact, I filled up the rest of the pages in my little Moleskin sketch book!

If you look carefully, you’ll even see more of my various head studies showing through the pages…

young woman three quarter view sketch

cute fashionista sketch

And, when I ran out of pages in my sketch book, I grabbed the next thing handy – the envelopes from my paychecks – and did these sketches with ink and my French Grey Prismacolor marker.

African American lady sketch

Halle Berri sketch on envelope(Meanwhile, my husband completed half a book’s worth of mind teaser puzzles and games.)

Each to his own, I guess!

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