Sketching people in small Muji book, Subway, Blackwing, rainy day.
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I had very few minutes alone in the car, parked behind this van. Of course I spend it on sketching with my favorite Blackwing 602 in Stillman&Birn Gamma sketchbook. Then we hit some traffic, but it was fun to chat with my daughter, I didn’t mind traffic (I was not driving and we always have interesting topics). On the top I drew my pencil, Blackwing 602. I really like this texture. I used Kuretake brush pens for it.
Sketched few people on the train on Sunday. Wanted to get to museum to see 9 Renoirs and few interesting drawings, but the line of people was so long and we were dressed so light that we decide to pass and took amazing stroll through the Central Park, enjoying beautiful patches of nature in the heart of the City. End up eating Shake Shack on the bench Uptown, bathing in the sun and laughing at the New York dogs passing by.
This little ball pen is from the Muji store in Times Square.
Sketching on NY Subway, 2 bikers on the same day pretty unusual. In the evening crushed DickBlick, got drunk on art supply.
Sketches on NY Subway with old Eberhard Faber Blackwing pencil. 8.5×6′ DKNY sketchbook. One young man, white collar, yelled across the subway car :”What are you drawing? Are you drawing me?” It sounded pretty aggressive. I smiled motherly and shook my head and showed him from the distance my sketchbook, this last page, that I drew that napping woman, not him. In reality I wanted to whack him on a head and bark to leave me alone, because people looked at me, but I kept weak smile on my face.
Iconic Machines – XB70 – Pencil with some ink on Bristol Board
I just had to do another large aircraft after reading greyseal’s comment on my last one. He mentions a freeflight flying model group
which, in a roundabout way, connects to this aircraft.
I, too was a member of a flying model club (KMAC – Kirkcaldy Model aero Club) in the early 1960′s. A teacher had introduced me to the delights of free flight, where the plane is released and either flies on its own, being trimmed before launch, or radio controlled. This teacher, Tom Reid, had plans for a model XB70 and let me borrow them. There was only one problem. My only small engine, an old 1950′s ED Bee 2 stroke, only rotated in a clockwise direction. In this model, where the engine is mounted at the rear, it would have to turn the opposite way or use a left-handed propeller which was unavailable at the time. I solved this by carving one out of wood and still have it. Not a bad effort for a 13 year old and I still have it as the photo shows:
My XB70 only flew a few times but was notorious gaining a bad reputation for chasing people, cats, dogs etc or crashing in awkward places.
The XB70 was an experimental aircraft. I will not bore non-enthusiasts with its details but, if you are interested, please read :
Thanks, greyseal, for the trip down memory lane.
The best spot in the house is this wood stove. Dogs and I where hanging out there. Drew with Blackwing, trying to shorten it by drawing because when new it doesn’t fit into my favorite pencil case. My shorter older one I spontaneously present to someone who was heading to art lesson unprepared. Wrote in Japanese “stove” and my name.