1 May 2019: I have been on a roll lately with my social media postings with Facebook and Instagram, but I don’t keep up this blog as much as I wold like. One of the reasons that this happens is because that it takes time away from the important schoolwork and studying I try to keep up on. Yet I still manage to keep filling up sketchbook after sketchbook!
I am able to make all of these sketches because I have made it easier on myself to be ready to sketch at a moments notice. I keep my supplies close, and the sketchbook is in my hand most of the time when I am out and about. And my fountain pen is also ready to go because I keep it attached to the sketchbook with a magnetic pen holder that grips the front cover. Keeping my supplies simple and available has made it much easier to sketch when the opportunity presents itself.
There are a couple of magnetic pouches on the back cover to hold things like a spare fountain pen when I run out of ink. Probably the Lamy Vista broad nibbed fountain pen. Also, paintbrushes and cotton napkin and paper towel for when I am ready to play with my paints.
Speaking of paints, I keep a tiny watercolor palette in my pocket so I am always ready to paint.
For those times when I want more mixing space and I have a little bit more time, I keep a larger palette with full pans in my over the shoulder messenger bag.
That’s the basic overview of the equipment that helps me to keep it simple!
This morning when I got onto the downtown C train to school, I had my glasses on, sketcbook in hand, I stationed myself at the far end of the car with nobody behind me and I could lean on the door so I could have both hands free. I picked the left side of the train to begin. I put pen to paper and went for it!
That’s what I managed to sketch on my way to school. On a short break, I added the watercolor.
Coming home, I took the A train uptown, picked a side and went for it again!
In my 4 X 6 inch Stillman and Birn Alpha Series Hardcover Sketchbook I used my Sailor 1911 Standard with a zoom nib loaded with Platinum Carbon Black ink to take a few sketches of the people on the subway. On break from homework, I quickly splashed in watercolor.
On the way to and from school today I managed to squeeze out a couple of sketches on the downtown and uptown A train. Sketched with the Kaweco Sport extra fine nib fountain pen and the Sailor 1911 Standard fountain pen with a zoom nib, both loaded with Platinum Carbon Black ink, watercolor in my Stillman and Birn 4X6 inch Alpha Series Hardcover Sketchbook.
It was a late start for me. Today is the official last day of the challenge, but I started it yesterday. They are not very detailed, and I didn’t make it to 100, but for two days in my limited time I squeezed about 86 people into my sketchbook. Maybe some of them don’t count, but I was waiting for this challenge to come around again since last year and I went for it. Starting with yesterday, the subway to school:
then a couple from school:
train ride home:
And then today, 12 March, train to and from school:
It was a lot of fun, even though I didn’t make the goal. This challenge caused me to become addicted to drawing people when I participated last year.
All sketches were done with various fountain pens, Platinum Carbon Black ink and watercolor in my 4 X 6 inch Stillman and Birn Alpha Series Hardcover Sketchbook.