Saturday, February 25, 2017

New York City Urban Sketching Workshop.

I went to NYC to give an Urban Sketching workshop for the New York City Urban Sketchers. My premises was to show how to populate a sketch by placing figures in perspective. The workshop was held in a midtown building on the West side near Grand Central Station. The studios are usually used to rehears and workshop Broadway plays. As a matter of face we could heard dancers working in the studio next door. Our studio room had mirrored walls for the dancers to see themselves. One thing I always tell students when I am teaching students to imagine a vanishing point is to imagine the room has mirrored walls. The vanishing point would be right between the students eyes in the reflection. With this room, They didn't have to imagine.

Mark Leibovitz the NYC go to guy acted as a model and students had to draw him as well as other students and the reflections. I did very quick sample drawings to demonstrate the concepts I had shared. I think some light bulbs lit up that day. Some students brought in copies of my book, Urban Sketching: the Complete Guide to Techniques for me to sign. After class we all went out to lunch and then we met again at Grand Central Station for another series of sketches in which we places crowds of people in perspective. The second level of a grand Central Station is now a huge Apple Store. We gathered at the edges of the balcony in the store to draw the crowds of commuters below.

The last sketch of the day was done outside Grand Central Station of the facade. The goal was to demonstrate three point perspective. In three point perspective there is a vanishing point in the clouds and the lines of buildings all converge up towards that third point. I cut my sketch short so I could walk around and share the love by giving one on one advice to students based on the sketch they had started.

After the last Grand Central sketch, we all went to a German beer hall to share sketches and war stories from the day. There I could look at students entire sketchbooks and offer advice. It was a fabulous day. I hope to arrange similar workshops in the future. I love sharing what I have learned from doing a sketch every day for the past 7 years.

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