7 March 2019
This morning’s subway ride to school gave me a couple of opportunities to sketch the fleeting moments that go by in an instant.
Usually, rush hour on the downtown A train from the Upper West Side is extremely unpleasant. The subway cars are packed to capacity making it nearly impossible to sketch. Once in a while, I am able to get to my ideal spot at the doors at either end of the car. This location allows me to lean on the door so I have my hands free. I have my sketchbook in one hand with a bulldog clip holding the page open and a magnetic pen holder that attaches to the cover so that I am ready to go as soon as the opportunity strikes.
The first opportunity came when many people exited the train at at 42nd street, giving me space to hold up my book. I noticed the man wearing his white Apple Ear Pods leaning on the door. I started the sketch by outlining the ear pod, worked my way around the ear, the faint hairline and shape of the head and worked my way around to the collar, the neck, chin, lips, nose and the edge of the glasses.
I try to keep the pen down and follow contours, the creases in the sleeve of the coat, etc. and begin to work on the shapes of the furniture, poles, other people, windows, whatever I can get quickly.
I try not to be noticed. Being at the end door means that there is nobody behind me or next to me, and I can lean back without holding onto a pole. It also allows for a slight bit of stabilization for sketching, because I am not bouncing around like a jumping bean.
This position allowed me to quickly sketch my next victim.
I started with the eyebrows to the eyelashes to the nose, mouth and shape of the face as it was being covered by the hood of her coat.
These sketches were started with the Sailor 1911 Standard with a Zoom nib, which I love to use because of the wide range of lines it can make. This pen is filled with Platinum Carbon Black ink, which is perfect for painting watercolor over because the lines are waterproof. I painted with watercolor later.
The train uptown was too crowded to sketch.
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