Today at lunch there was this crew trimming the trees in front of Comcast Center. It was cold but managed to withstand the wind. Can’t imagine how this guy up there deals with the cold. Here apparently people think that because it’s March they can get away with shorts, sandals and skirts… It was snowing two days ago!
Fast sketch of a guy waiting to cross JFK Boulevard. Traffic lights here change about every 30 seconds, so I had to hurry! Of course, he had already left when I started to color, but it’s a good practice at my lunch break.
A couple weeks ago I started taking a Craftsy class called People in Motion, with Marc Taro Holmes. Marc is a wonderful teacher and a fantastic artist. I recommend the class to everyone.
This is my first attempt at putting in practice what I remember from his class. It’s a captive subject, as Marc calls them, a commuter in the train. I think I missed a step, but it was fun and fast anyway.
Right now I’m on a plane back to Puerto Rico for my mom’s funeral. She was very ill, and even as sad as it is, I know she was suffering a lot. The last time I saw her was a month and a half ago. I was able to sit down for a while and sketch her. When she saw it she said: “Oh, I look pretty! If your dad sees this he’s gonna fall in love again.” I’ll never forget this moment, as I captured her fainting smile while she was falling asleep. Mom, I’ll love you forever.
These last three days have been the saddest ever. One of my best friends ever also passed away two days ago. We’d known each other for thirty years… Basketball pals, neighbors, college classmates, colleagues, co-workers, golf enthusiasts, sketching buddies. His watercolor sketches were very inspiring, with bold shapes and saturated colors, with a pigment loaded brush. He changed my attitude towards sketching, as I’m not afraid to make mistakes. He used to say “It’s just a piece of paper. Who cares if you mess up? This isn’t neurosurgery!”
And he was right. From now on, he’ll always be present whenever I’m sketching and painting, as I’ll try to honor him by being even looser, bolder and fearless than ever. I know he would’ve enjoyed this process. ¡Hasta siempre Rafi!
Today we had our first Sketching Philadelphia Meet-up at One Shot Coffee and Cafe. We’re looking for all Philly sketchers to join us for future sketchcrawls.
Had a few minutes today during my lunch break, but it was raining, so sketched indoors at the lobby of Penn One/Suburban Station building, Center City, Philadelphia.
I had a few minutes today at lunch to try out a new felt tip pen and a new sketchbook. These are a bunch of motorcycles that are always parked at JFK Boulevard and 17th in Center City Philadelphia.
My wife joined a group of knitters and asked me to go with her. I got some water soluble graphite pencils at the store next door and sketched them doing their thing.
Here are some sketches and paintings I’ve done lately with the Meet Up group “Art Among Us”. The figure drawing ones were done at Newark Art Alliance (10, 10, 20min poses).