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Sketches 3

by on Feb.20, 2009, under Uncategorized


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In order to improve the digital replication of my sketches, I tried a new technique this time: turning the flash on in my camera. The pics looked great in the camera’s preview window but obviously the quality isn’t as good as just plain old sunlight. Back to that next time. Nonetheless I guess you can see all the sketches well enough.



This is one of the last sketches from England. Yes, this guy’s hair really was that big, it was awesome. The rest of the sketches in this post were done on the Metro in Paris. The Metro trains are the second best subways I’ve ever sketched in, with their fold-down seats in the standing area, and all the seats facing forward and back, train-style. Most subways, such as London’s, where the seats all face inwards, provide a much more constricted choice of other subway riders to sketch. Plus they’re much closer and more apt to notice that they’re being sketched. Not that I’m keeping it a secret that I’m sketching, it’s just that people who know they’re being drawn tend to fidget much more – my work requires stillness. Anyway, in terms of best subways to sketch on, Chicago’s red line is still the champion. The Red Line’s 45 degree angle seating is simply perfect for providing the most variety of views of people to draw.

2 comments for this entry:

  • C R Morrison

    Great sketches! I’m glad you’re doing this. The older woman with the hat looks like Judy Densch in Chocolat. The sketchees’ personalities come through in the sketches.

  • Katherine

    These are fantastic sketches. The guy looking at his phone has a Rodin-like energy in his torso.

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