Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Legendeering: Greenwood Cemetery Day 1

Whoops, long time no blog... I've been off playing hooky on Tumblr. But I'm starting to accumulate a bunch of stuff that's going to require more robust blog posts than I can throw together on Tumblr - so I'll be dumping that stuff here!

To start with, Legendeering! It's a thing that Sterling Hundley's organized, and is kind of hard to describe... But so far it's about getting out and exploring and experiencing and recording what you experience. The official FaceBook group is here if you want to find out more (or join in!)

First assignment is to visit someplace unfamiliar three times, preferably to a location that involves some amount of exertion to visit. I had trouble thinking of anyplace unfamiliar that would involve exercise and that wouldn't require an all-day out-of-town trip... I've been living here for years, so I've already explored a lot of the best spots nearby. But then I remembered I've never been to Greenwood Cemetery, and you know, I don't know why?? I mean, it's technically walking distance. Somehow I always forget it's there.

So I went. And I'm glad I did, that place is amazing. It's HUGE. I had no idea how big. It's a freaking necropolis. And it's all hills and crazy winding paths and of course I managed to get totally lost, but that was part of the plan - its not a proper adventure if you don't get lost at least once! Also it's the highest point in Brooklyn, so you get some amazing views of the city.

Between taking forever to find the entrance, getting lost, and trying to get unlost before they locked me in, I didn't have much time for sketching. Mostly I ran around like a mad thing with a camera until I got a "memory card error" (AGAIN. Aaarrgh. Need to get some spare cards.) But I squeezed in one quickie sketch before dashing to the gates:

Not sure how many photos survived the memory card SNAFU... So far I've salvaged about a third. The rest might be gonzo. I may have to go back and re-photograph some things. Here's the best of the photos I've recovered so far (click to embiggen):

Not sure if I'll manage two more visits THIS week, the current forecast is rain-sleet-cold-yuck (it's been raining all day today)... But we'll see. Definitely going back when it's REALLY actually Spring and things are blooming. (If we ever get Spring.)

Between schlepping down there and running around on all the hills, it was more of a workout than I thought it would be. Also I found a dollar on the way back, so, profit!

Also there was this cat near my apartment:

Monday, October 14, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Ravens

Late Sketchy Sunday (I had family over this weekend. I can never get ANYTHING done with family around.) Have a bunch of ravens! From the same batch as these other raptors, all sketched at a raptor rescue center...

And now the question of the day: Why is a raven like a writing desk? (Ponder that as you drag through Monday and everything else will seem simple.)

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Turkey Vultures

More raptor sketches from the same batch as these guys... Turkey vultures! These guys are reeeeeeally weird looking. They have these big holes in their heads, I'm not sure what they're for - the better to smell you with, I guess?

Monday, September 23, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Falcon and Goshawk

Quick (late) update... More raptor sketches from the same batch as last week, this time a bunch of tiny doodles of a northern goshawk and a peregrine falcon. (Sketched at a raptor rescue center quite a while ago.) Personally I think falcons are among the coolest birds ever.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Whatever Wednesday: Canadian Geese

Seeing as it's going on Autumn and the geese are about to be passing through, how about some goose sketches? Done in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and park, as usual (there's always at least a couple of geese who hang out in the park year-round.)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Golden Eagle

Delayed Sunday post due to IlluXCon... I almost missed it this year due to lack of planning, missed the bus on Saturday, but managed to get there just in time on the last day (Sunday.) I blasted through on a whirlwind tour, bought way too many books and prints, chatted with a bunch of Really Cool Artists, including Donato Giancola, Michael Whelan, Julie Bell, Roger Dean, Mark Zug - who needs to make an art book dammit, Tom Kidd, Kinuko Craft, lots of other amazing people too numerous to mention, including some homies who I'd never met in person, so that was fun... I was running around on no food and an incipient migraine, though, so I was probably pretty dazed and incoherent. I'm not even sure what I said to Roger Dean, I was fangirl-spazzing and talking too quietly as usual and he was hard-of-hearing, so it was a strange conversation. But still, OMG Roger Dean!

One thing I noticed was that a lot of people paint super-smooth, with thin paint, and get some sweet results. Now I'm wondering if maybe I should try painting smoother. Except I like straight-out-of-the-tube paint and paintings that look like paint, too. So I'm torn. Maybe I should try it just to see how it goes…

Awesome show overall. I wish I'd had a chance to catch some of the talks and other events, though. (I also wish I'd brought a portfolio along - some people asked what I do, and of course when you try to describe that it involves a lot of hand-waving and sounds silly.) Next year I want to try maybe doing the full five days. Definitely needed more time.

Aaaaanyway. Yes. Blog. Delayed Sketchy Sunday post featuring some oldie-but-goody sketches of golden eagles, from a raptor rescue center (from the same batch as these guys here.)

Monday, September 9, 2013

Sketchy Sunday: Restarting With More Doggies

I'm back. The big deadlines and heat waves of Summer are cleared away, so I guess I'll try reviving this blog... Of course there are now Autumn deadlines to contend with (and, apparently, another heat wave, what the hell?) so I think I'll try for twice-a-week updates for now to keep it manageable. Sundays and Wednesdays, approximately. Let's kick it off with more dog doodles, shall we? I've got a ton of those, accumulated over many Summer days of hanging out in the park. See cute doggie, sketch cute doggie, that's me!