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.
This morning’s subway ride to school gave me a couple of opportunities to sketch the fleeting moments that go by in an instant.
Usually, rush hour on the downtown A train from the Upper West Side is extremely unpleasant. The subway cars are packed to capacity making it nearly impossible to sketch. Once in a while, I am able to get to my ideal spot at the doors at either end of the car. This location allows me to lean on the door so I have my hands free. I have my sketchbook in one hand with a bulldog clip holding the page open and a magnetic pen holder that attaches to the cover so that I am ready to go as soon as the opportunity strikes.
The first opportunity came when many people exited the train at at 42nd street, giving me space to hold up my book. I noticed the man wearing his white Apple Ear Pods leaning on the door. I started the sketch by outlining the ear pod, worked my way around the ear, the faint hairline and shape of the head and worked my way around to the collar, the neck, chin, lips, nose and the edge of the glasses.
I try to keep the pen down and follow contours, the creases in the sleeve of the coat, etc. and begin to work on the shapes of the furniture, poles, other people, windows, whatever I can get quickly.
I try not to be noticed. Being at the end door means that there is nobody behind me or next to me, and I can lean back without holding onto a pole. It also allows for a slight bit of stabilization for sketching, because I am not bouncing around like a jumping bean.
This position allowed me to quickly sketch my next victim.
I started with the eyebrows to the eyelashes to the nose, mouth and shape of the face as it was being covered by the hood of her coat.
These sketches were started with the Sailor 1911 Standard with a Zoom nib, which I love to use because of the wide range of lines it can make. This pen is filled with Platinum Carbon Black ink, which is perfect for painting watercolor over because the lines are waterproof. I painted with watercolor later.
Making and creating music is my number one source for feeding my creative addiction. It has been a while since I’ve posted any new music on my SoundCloud page, but I have been secretly working on a batch of new experiments. I’m not ready to share any of that music yet. Hopefully before too long I will have time to flesh out some stuff and update. In case you are interested, https://soundcloud.com/sean-patrick-kupisz is where you can hear some of my ideas from the last couple of years.
The Audio-Technica ATH-M50 headphones have been my headphone of choice for listening to music. I’ve used them so much that I have replaced the ear-cups at least five times!
The Tascam VL-S3 desktop monitors aren’t the best, but they will do for now.
The Focurite Scarlett 2i2 is the tool I use when I want to plug an instrument into my computer when I use audio production software to record my musical ideas.
My Warby Parker glasses are my main glasses to see what I am doing. I was wearing a different pair of glasses on when I made this sketch (Foster-Grants from CVS).
I used different techniques for these two sketches. For the headphones, I used a Platinum Carbon Ink Pen with Platinum Carbon Black ink to first sketch the contours, which I lost concentration several times, hence the wonky left earpiece!
I sketched the glasses first using watercolor on a brush, trying to work on the overall mass first, and worked my way down to the interface. Once the watercolor was dry, I sketched over the watercolor to define the contours with the Carbon Ink Pen.
It was interesting how the different techniques contributed to the end result. I have a lot to learn, but it was fun splashing pen and ink with watercolor onto my sketchbook pages!
It took me from October 2018 to 21 February 2019 to finish a larger format of this book.
Amidst health issues culminating in making my Fall semester nearly impossible to finish, my creative habit continues to roll on, albeit at a slower rate, especially as I start my 2019 Spring semester and my internship duties.
With that said, I decided to pare down my travel kit to make it easier to sketch at a moments notice. I am keeping my sparse supplies in one place. My favorite Winsor & Newton Sketcher’s Case has a shoulder strap and my sketchbook and pens are easily accessible under the front flap, without having to open any zippers.
I decided to begin the new book by sketching my supplies. On the left, the Sketcher’s Case is closed, but upon lifting the flap the pens and the book are revealed and instantly ready to be used.
Normally I would quickly grab the sketchbook along with the Sailor 1911 Standard with a zoom nib (left of the sketchbook in the pocket) and be ready for the next sketching opportunity.
When I have made a sketch on the subway, I wouldn’t be able to paint on the train because it gets too tricky and messy, so I add color later.
To access the painting supplies, I simply unzip the case.
The pockets inside the case hold the watercolor palette, a few brushes, a mister, extra water, paper towels and a cotton cloth along with an extra pen or two. The watercolors are in a tiny box that holds its own water and two water cups, one for clean water and one for rinsing brushes.
I made swatches of the colors to keep me reminded of their characteristics with varying degrees of strength.
If I am going into this much detail, I though it would be nice to make a sketch of my pens and brushes on the next page!
It’s always fun to sketch art supplies, particularly at the beginning of a new sketchbook. It helps to “break the ice”, and it’s also useful, especially the color swatches. It helps to keep things simple.
It’s good to be back! It was hard to be motivated for a short little while, so I’m hoping to keep this habit up!
2 November 2018: Fountain Pen Day!! Subway sketches done with the Sailor 1911 Standard with a zoom nib except for the right side of the second spread which is the Pelikan m800 EF because the Sailor ran out of ink, I refilled the Sailor after that sketch. Platinum Carbon Black ink, watercolor in Stillman and Birn 5×8” Alpha Series hardcover sketchbook. #fountainpenday #sailor1911s #sailorzoomnib #pelikanm800 #platinumcarbonblackink #stillmanandbirnalpha #schminckehoradam #justaddwatersilly #nycurbansketchers #urbansketchers
30 October 2018: Updating wasn’t as painful as I had originally envisioned, although there is still quite a bit to catch up with. Vacation sketches, post vacation sketches, equipment sketches, all kinds of sketches. I can’t catch you all up today, but someday perhaps there will be some sketchbook tours.
This morning I took the train to school, and on my way back I managed to pull out a single sketch from the uptown 1 train:
Sailor 1911 Standard with a zoom nib loaded with Platinum Carbon Black ink, watercolor in Stillman and Birn 5×8″ Alpha Series hardcover sketchbook.
I usually write these posts when I am home, but as an experiment, I am trying the Word Press app on my iPad. This makes it easy to draft when I am on the move.
I am not online so I can’t upload anything. When I get home I’ll try to upload so if you are reading this then it was successful.