Afterwards, we arrange all the portraits on the ground in a grid. Once laid out, follow any row horizontally and you see that artist's output. Pick any row from top to bottom and you can see each artist's take on a specific model. Much easier to see it than to explain it, so here:
|the famous grid
It was insanely cold that day, even inside the atrium, but our cold-of-body, but warm-of-heart sketchers were troopers:
|Paula, April, and Mark
|lovely sketchers all in a row
|Portrait artist, Anne Watkins, on a "busman's holiday"
|Mary gets down to business
|John says "cheese"
Part of the fun for me is watching the passerbys. (Or is it the passersby?) Either way, in NYC, there's never a dull moment.
|A group of doll collectors meet here regularly
|A proud creations from the Den of Angels, the doll-collectors group
|Hope they were on their lunch break
|Lest we forget where we were, this sign downstairs reminded us who's boss
After the throwdown in the atrium, many of us headed off for a refreshment. We warmed up, shared our portraits (and the strategies and supplies employed for creating our portraits), and raised a glass together.
All in all, it was totally worth braving the cold for this.