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Quick subway sketch

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I haven’t been sketching on the El much recently, but I’m hoping to get back into the game.  Who needs a sketchbook when I always seem to have random scraps of paper in my pockets?

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April 30, 2009 at 8:40 am

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Partway there

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It can be frustrating when your subject suddenly shifts their position or heads for the door of the train.  I’ve begun to view this as a kind of cool opportunity to see whether I can salvage the sketch and give it some new direction.  I like this new challenge as it adds something interesting to the game and forces me to deal with what I have in a way I wasn’t anticipating.

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February 14, 2009 at 9:07 am

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Subway Riders Collage

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February 9, 2009 at 9:07 am

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Zoning out to some good tunes

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February 1, 2009 at 9:21 am

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Late Night EL Commuter

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My apologies for the inconsistent posting lately.  I’m trying my best to get a handle on a new job and a great–but intense–tshirt design gig.  I’ll follow up with a look at some of these recent designs soon, but for now I hope you enjoy this sketch of a late night EL rider in the Chicago underground.

Thanks for checking out my art as I’m really enjoying this new venue and especially value your feedback.  Enjoy the weekend.

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January 24, 2009 at 12:54 pm

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This, is Grand

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These were the words coming out over the subway PA that struck me as kind of amusing.  Because ambient sounds add so much to these scenes, I have it in mind to run some of these sketches along with the audio tracks I record while sketching them.  I hope to start hitting this soon.

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January 13, 2009 at 9:02 am

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Inspiration: The Journals of Dan Eldon

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Dan Eldon’s work (above) continues to inspire me to take more creative risks and break away from the familiar.  I strongly recommend picking up the amazing collection of his 17 personal journals, “The Journey is the Destination,” delicately compiled by his mother following his death while working as a Reuters photographer in Mogadishu in 1993.  He was only 22 years old.  His vision was unique and inspiring, and his artwork is an affirmation of living a passionate life.  I’m so happy that his family decided to share this with the world and continue to use Dan’s story to inspire others through their non-profit, The Creative Visions Foundation.

You can see more about Dan and check out a few samples of the journals, but you really have to just pick up a copy.

I’m trying my best to follow Dan’s example by using a variety of media and creating more interesting spreads in my journal.  I feel like I’m just barely scratching the surface and I’m excited to see where I can take it.

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January 10, 2009 at 2:54 pm