I finished another sketchbook. My sixty-sixth. The predominant subject matter is, again, people riding the New York City subways. There are lots of them in earlier books too. I draw a lot during my commute from Jersey City to the Bronx, so that fills my books up quite a bit. Here’s a tour through some of the highlights of the latest book – shown in the order in which they appear in the book. Click on any image for a bigger version.
This is the first page of the sketchbook… which I often do in color, but I think I was away from home when I got going so did this complicated black and white design to make up for the lack of color. It took me a while to finish this. I first penned in the letters, then gradually filled in all the pattern detail around them.
These train people I drew with a Uni-ball Vision Micro pen. I tend to draw directly in pen (rarely use pencil when sketching), and Uni-ball is the most common pen I draw and write with.
This is a streetscape drawn not far from my work at the Bronx River Alliance. It’s done with a Pentel brush-pen, which I am drawing with more and more these days. Like most of my sketchbook work, this one was done quickly – in just one sitting. I think it took roughly 2-3 hours. There are quite a few flaws, but overall I like it.
This is one of those rare drawings where I’ve spent a lot of time, returning to it over and over… and I think that the time investment really shows. (Other long-time-investment drawings like this are these oak trees and these two NYC skyline drawings.) I liked the way that the elevated subway tracks curved there – very close to the Simpson Street Station on the 2 and 5 Trains. I kept going there on my way to or from work – stopping 9 times for a total of about 15-20 hours. Again its Uni-ball pen directly on paper, no pencil.
More train ridin’ peoples.
My wife is pregnant – due July 25th 2013! Occasionally I draw imagined comic book covers (see some older ones here.) I’ve started working on a 7-page comic story about her/our pregancy… hopefully I can get it done before the new kid arrives! (This sketchbook also contains some notes from birth classes that Carrie and I took together. I’ve spared you readers from these – they’re not all that artistic.)
I’ve been drawing and painting Carrie and her awesome changing pregnant body. Some of the drawings are ok, others not so great. (It’s easier to draw a train rider who I will never see again – nobody notices when it’s entirely out of proportion!) This is a drawing that we both liked. Carrie is reading The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by one of my favorite authors: Junot Diaz (who I wrote about here and sketched here.)
Lots more of my recent sketchbook work here. And see these slide shows from earlier sketchbooks, too: number 1-30 and number 31-60. And I am often posting some snapshots of my sketches to Instagram – find me there under joelinton63.