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An Evening at the New York Society of Illustrators

September 14, 2010

While in the States recently, I was lucky enough to meet up with Shirley on the night she goes to a life drawing session at the New York Society of Illustrators. We met up with another artist and good friend of Shirley’s , Istar Schwager, for an early dinner, and went over to set up before the crowds got too big. I had so much fun – there were musicians playing, there was a bar for us to get a glass of wine, and such a wonderful crowd of artists there to draw, as well as some truly inspiring work in the galleries downstairs.  The models were dressed the night I went, almost costumed, which added tot the fun.  If I lived in NYC, I’d go every week!  The night I went there were 2 models posing simultaneously, and the poses went from 5 minutes to 20 minutes. Shirley had made me a sketchbook out of a large sheet of watercolor paper which I almost used up during the 3-hour session.

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  1. September 14, 2010 4:33 pm

    What a wonderful post, Casey! Splendid series of sketches from what I imagine could have been quite an intimidating environment. I love the palette, the line, everything. My favourite is the girl looking over her shoulder. Brava!!

  2. September 14, 2010 4:36 pm

    And what a treat to have one of Shirley’s sketchbooks to remember it all 🙂

  3. September 14, 2010 4:44 pm

    OH YES! Your drawings are superb. I can feel the energy and excitement in your line and gesture.

  4. martin permalink
    September 14, 2010 5:13 pm

    They are all wonderful sketches Casey! I’m so glad you had a great time! Hugs, Martín.

  5. September 14, 2010 6:57 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous night. Love the sketches.

  6. September 14, 2010 8:36 pm

    Fabulous use of the paper. Sounds like fun, too.

  7. Veronica permalink
    September 14, 2010 9:06 pm

    Nice to have you back Casey,
    especially newly inspired by NYC!

  8. September 15, 2010 9:37 am

    so nice to see you again, I was here about to comment on your wonderful sketches but couldn’t at the time. Then I saw you had stopped by – nice lovely coincidence.

    I love these sketches – gorgeous!!

  9. September 15, 2010 10:38 am

    Excellent! Full of life and movement!

  10. September 15, 2010 11:16 pm

    beautifully drawn Casey-
    Looks like a fun time!

  11. September 16, 2010 6:47 pm

    J’aime ce trait un peu sec et nerveux.

  12. September 17, 2010 1:01 pm

    Your figures are wonderful, Casey! I love the shadows!

  13. September 21, 2010 2:48 pm

    Oh Casey…these are lovely! They remind me of some of my favorite types of advertisements from the 1950s. Love how you’ve selectively applied shadow/color.

  14. December 12, 2010 4:20 pm

    I absolutely LOVE these !

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