Saturday, July 9, the DC Sketchers (including me, owner of the Plum Gallery) went to the New York Trapeze School, which is not in New York, or even on New York Avenue, but was founded by New Yorkers. We started off with slow contour sketches and then kept speeding up until we were working with only 30 seconds to complete the sketch. We never could get fast enough to draw the students, though. It goes fast and is very distracting. We had some free time, and I eventually settled on this sketch of one of the parents watching her daughter's routine. I don't know what I did in the neck area, but I liked the overall feel and gesture of the figure..it was about a 5 minute sketch.
I took a lot of time with this one and it was fun. The sunflower really was that red, including the stem. It was from a florist and I think they put it in dyed water to soak up the red color. Another thing that was fun was using a steel quill pen and sepia ink. It didn't work too well, and I had to use a marker, too...but it was fun.
Just experimenting....roses we got yesterday from Trader Joe's. They had a bright pink edge. It was quick and I didn't do them justice, but so far I've done 11 sketches in 11 days.