Friday, 22 May 2015
Wednesday, 20 May 2015
In Europe you can only buy the very expensive metal one, but I found this address in New York Downtown, where I could try out the regular type. The issue was deciding on the size of the nib, which also depends on the type of paper. I bought the SF type: $144.
I hope it lives up to it's reputation.
First impressions: the nib is really flexible, but I have to get used to change pressure on the nib for maximum effect.
And I did notice that the lexington grey is more dark than what I am used to, probably because it feeds more ink than my Lamy.
We bought the pen at the "Fountain pen hospital" on Warren street near City hall.
A beautiful shop with some 2000 types of fountain pens.
We were served well with really good advice, they took their time and I was able to try some different pens as well. That is something that buying on the internet will always lack: good personal advice.
And it will add to the value of the pen: the pen is now connected to memories of this trip to NYC for years to come.
Sunday, 17 May 2015
The last of my New York Sketches. I still have one unfinished, but sometimes you just loose interest and they stay unfinished. These sketches are a bit random: The above is about my new favourite streetfood: the Philly cheesesteak. I love it. Beats any burger I had so far (actually, there was a Shake Shack across the street from our hotel, seems to be something special considering the long queues blocking the pavement at lunchtime).
Below sketches I made during the performance of a Gospel choir in Harlem. Actually, it was the same choir that we visited 6 years ago: the ARC gospel choir. One of the singers was a fragile 90 year old man. He had to be supported during his performances, but what a feast it was.
Thursday, 14 May 2015
I was at the office when the first plane hit, and a little later at home as I watched in horror on live-TV how the twin towers came down in a storm of dust. My children still recount the look on my face.
We visited the former location of the WTC, the holes it left in the new square at the foot of the freedom tower, and the new museum. The museum was very well done: with a well dosed amount of respect, anger and documentation. And I should add, without the American patriotic sentimentality you sometimes see in exhibitions like these (in our cynical European eyes).
The above sketch is Ladder 3, the firetruck that was wrecked by the collapsing towers.
And the burned and bent remains of one of the steel columns of the facades. It makes you realise the magnitude of the forces during the events.
Well worthy a visit. But come early, before the crowds arrive.
Tuesday, 12 May 2015
Friday, 8 May 2015
Here is my try anyway. Made wth Faber Castell watercolour pencils.
Wednesday, 6 May 2015
Monday, 4 May 2015
Unfortunately we did not have a ferry with an open deck this time (like we had 6 years ago), but we had to watch Manhattan, Ellis island and the Statue from behind windows.
Saturday, 2 May 2015
Before I show the usual drawings I made: here is a newsflash. A few drawings I made last wednesday on Time Square related to the protests in support of the demonstrations on the death of Freddy Gray in Baltimore.
That wednesday night we were returning from dinner on 49th street when we heard helicopters overhead. A few minutes later some 20 police vans appeared, spilling out policemen and blocking 9th ave. The protesters came from Times square, maybe 200 persons, marching on the sidewalks and crossing the avenue. They did not seem to know where to go, because they walked into the direction of Hells kitchen, but suddenly returned and came back to 9th ave, only to take the turn downtown towards PABS.
It was a bit awkward to see that the sidewalk terraces of the restaurants had business as usual, people were just eating dinner. But we also noted that the liquor and electrical stores were closed and had police protection in front of the doors.
We saw 2 arrests just before our nose, quite an uneasy experience.
The atmosphere was changing quickly, and an angry young black man started to talk to us to try to explain. We decided to return to our hotel. We heard the sirens and helicopters until late that night.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015
Sunday, 26 April 2015
It was raining a little (too bad after two weeks of the most beautiful sunny spring weather), but we had a lovely day after all.
I was allowed to stand behind the glass in the shop window of a clothing shop (Bershka, thank you), with this view over this cute Maastricht corner, at the Dominicanen.
Next to the most beautiful bookshop of the Netherlands and probably also of the world. It's located in a fully restored 700 year old gothic church. But that is a matter for another time, another drawing.
Thursday, 23 April 2015
Remember, this was years before the first Star Wars episode made the theatres. That was in 1977 - I can still remember coming out of the movies and being totally overwhelmed by what we had seen.
Tuesday, 21 April 2015
It's a difficult but rewarding exercise. When you start you have no idea where or how you end up.
Acrylic on prepared wood, approx. 41x62cm.
Sunday, 19 April 2015
It was made from the hotel window towards the train station on the other side of the street. Hotel Niedersäksischen hof, a very nice hotel.
Friday, 17 April 2015
Last Sunday and Monday I was in Goslar (in Germany, a five hours drive), for the presentation of some new plans. Hardly any time to sketch there. But on my way back I brought a German colleague home, he lives in a little town called Datteln. This is Ruhrgebiet: the old coalmines and steelworks area.
But Datteln has a beautiful "hebewerk": a lifting device to lift ships from one canal into another one. The height difference between the Dortmund and the Dortmund-Ems kanal is 14 meter. These kind of works make an elaborate system of locks unnecessary.
The "hebewerk" was put in operation in 1899, and worked until the late 60s.
Wednesday, 15 April 2015
Friday, 10 April 2015
It just seems all girls all decide to wear skirts today, to treat their legs to some warm sun.
It was superb weather, 22 degrees, no wind, and the air smelling sweet of the blossoming trees.
This was sketched during lunchbreak today, on the bank of the river Maas.
Thursday, 9 April 2015
Monday, 6 April 2015
Saturday, 4 April 2015
I choose a few loose items: mouth, nose, eye and jaw. As I started I had no idea what to do, I started with an ochre-burnt Sienna background, but that turned out to be too saturated. So I added a white-blueish rectangle to compensate. But the original print was hardly visible anymore.
So I added lines of black Chinese ink, drawn with a twig. That turned out to be okay. I just had to add some red and some accents. Took me two hours to make. Arcylic on board, 42x62cm.
In the end the result reminds me of Dada paintings, like the ones Max Ernst made.