Peter Stuyvesant, 1647-1664, Stuyvesant Park
I went to Stuyvesant Park on Sunday to sketch with about 20 other people. They were all so good! And it was the best weather I’ve encountered here in a long time. It was completely sunny, but crisp and not muggy or hot. It was L.A. weather! I think if the weather is like this in New York for most of fall, people in the subway or on the streets would be a lot less pissed. Or at least I would.
Anyways, I wanted to draw the guy with the peg leg, since the park was named after him. The meetup organizer told us that when him and his wife was vacationing in Saint Martin, they went to this spot on the island and there was a plaque that marked where Peter Stuyvesant lost his leg. Apparently he went to battle the Spaniards there, and lost his lower right leg to a cannon ball. Bummer.
I took a long time to draw this because shiny surfaces are hard, humans are hard, shiny surfaces shaped like humans, are real hard. Also for the longest time I couldn’t figure out why my sketch looked off. When I came home and looked at it again, I realized his head was too small. So I repainted that part, he’s less weird now.