View Full Version : Sketchcrawl #38 - Michelle

01-19-2013, 02:47 PM
Today was Sketchcrawl #38. I've done a few January crawls outdoors, and it's NOT fun! So I headed to the Paramus Park Mall this morning. I did seven sketches.

I stopped for a sausage and egg McMuffin and coffee for breakfast.

I did a quick sketch of the table in front of me at the food court. It was only 9:30 a.m. so there weren't a lot of people around.

This is a sculpture of an Indian on a wild turkey. It has a place of honor at the food court.

I sat on a bench at the entrance to Sears. Lands End was having a big sale!

01-19-2013, 02:52 PM
This guy was waiting for his wife. I liked the tree which had strings of lights and some hanging red and pink ornaments.

This was a kiosk with Valentine candies. The sales girl sat there just long enough for me to sketch her head and shoulders, and then she got up. When she sat down again, she was facing left and working on her computer, but I had already committed to the front view.

This was an almost life-size poster in the window of Victorias' Secret. I had trouble with the hands, but luckily the lettering covered up most of them.

01-19-2013, 04:44 PM
Great set of sketches Michelle. Good on you for finding a warm way to do the sketchcrawl. Nice brekkie sketch. I like the shop window and the guy waiting. Very good job on the poster.

01-19-2013, 05:23 PM
Marvelous sketch crawl sketches.

01-20-2013, 04:23 AM
Great sketches, Michelle.
May I ask what size the sketch pad is that you are using?


01-20-2013, 09:08 AM
Thanks, Jacqui, Debby and Rainer.

Rainer, the sketch pad is 7 x 10. I've been using a 9 x 12 in the house, so I had to adjust to the smaller pad. I know that it's not really small. It's probably the ideal size for outdoor sketching for me.

01-20-2013, 11:39 AM
Nice job, Michelle! We've had a week-long stretch of 20 degree nightime temps with freezing fog and then the fog hangs around all day - so yesterday I wouldn't have wanted to go out of the house just to get to the mall, let alone sketch outside. :)

01-20-2013, 02:12 PM
Those are great! Love the display windows as well as the people and the tree. Awesome sketchcrawl!

01-20-2013, 03:53 PM
Thanks, John and Rainy. John, I'm a real weenie when it's cold, and I just want to snuggle under my blanket with a good book. I have to force myself to go out.

01-21-2013, 12:36 AM
Great job on your sketchcrawl. Was it solo or did you go with Joan to NYC?

01-21-2013, 09:07 AM
My sketchcrawl was solo, Julie. I would have loved to have gone into NYC with Joan and the big sketch group, but I can't walk very far or stand very long, (bad hips and too much excess weight), so something like that is out of the question for me.

01-22-2013, 03:15 AM
Nice sketches, Michelle.
It was cold here, too, so I only sketched the coffee shop.

Mark your calendars. The next SketchCrawl day is Saturday, April 13.

01-22-2013, 11:10 AM
Hopefully it will be warm enough to sketch outdoors then.

Joan T
01-22-2013, 11:34 AM
I think it is great that you went to the mall by yourself and sketched. Susan and I were talking yesterday and she said that the mall is probably more difficult to do solo than landscapes since you're in such a public place. We're both really impressed that you went. Did you bring a chair with you or did you find benches at the mall? I know how crazy busy it gets sometimes on the weekend.

01-22-2013, 12:18 PM
I went about 15 minutes before the stores opened. I found benches everywhere that I sketched. I had wanted to sketch the carousel though, but the benches were facing AWAY from the carousel, plus it was moving too fast. By the time I had done the last sketch, it was getting very hard to find an available seat.

As far as a public place, I don't mind people coming to see what I'm doing. But I don't really like it when the people that I'm sketching realize what I'm doing because I feel like I'm invading their privacy. So I guess it is easier with landscapes because they don't mind if I sketch them. LOL!