On Wednesday, I joined the NYC weekday urban sketchers in lower Manhattan for a few hours drawing the “Real World” sculptures of Tom Otterness in the playground in Rockefeller Park. It’s an amiable group, and I hope to join them again.
Otterness has his own unique vision of the world, and his animals definitely have personality. They are also joined, surrounded and covered by little creatures, a challenge to draw so that they “read” as separate beings.
I spent the most time working in pencil on the apes. Each sculpture has so much going on; I only managed to capture a small piece of it.
The children played all around us, and included Otterness in their fun. Some of the pieces incorporate water…a necessity for enjoying the playground on a very hot day.
It was mostly shaded, though, with a view of the river and a breeze, so not too unbearable for the sketchers either. I also did a quick drawing of the New Jersey skyline…can you see the sailboat? Lots of building going on over there.
You can read more about Tom Otterness here.
Enjoy the last gasp of summer…back on Tuesday for Draw-a-Bird Day.