Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sketching on Manhattan's West Side

The weather was iffy when I got off the train at 72nd Street, with drizzle and rain threatening to call off the day.  I set up in the middle of the island and warmed up with some line and wash. I wanted to try out some new equipment including Strathmore 500 multimedia pad and Pilot Croquis graphite pencil.

I met the sketch group down by the river, and under the drizzle managed to pull off a few more sketches, including one of our fearless leader, Mark.

Then went up to the Boat Basin Cafe and sat with several shots of tequila which really improved my technique.

Ended the evening with my wife having dinner at Cafe Fiorello on Lincoln Square, sketching the waiters behind the counter who work so hard.

And that was the end of a sketch-filled day.  Thanks Sketchers for the inspiration and motivation to get me out into the streets of this wonderful city!


  1. As always you did a great job capturing the sketchers and the scenes! I love the one of the waiter. Good having you with us today.

  2. Thanks Joan I always appreciate your feedback!

  3. Great stuff Jeff. Your work in Cafe Fiorello always seems inspired!

  4. You always find the perfect detail that defines the individuals in your portraits. Moving to the wider scale, you really captured the boat basin and West 72nd Street.

    1. Thanks Laura for your feedback. Alcohol helps.


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