|Often, I add some marker shading at home, not in the train.|
You will find a wide array of models to choose from in the tube: young, old, well dressed or messy, black and white and everything in between. While there is a lot of variety, most people spend their trip staring at their phones which makes for strikingly similar demeanor.
|The page format is irrelevant but it should be comfortable to carry discreetly.|
|If tsubjects stay long enough, you can make elaborate compositions.|
|so many races and outfits. So many cellphones and earphones as well.|
Guess what else moves. The train. Modern trains are a whisper but drawing in the Bakerloo line will test your limits so don't wait for full careening down the tunnel to add that perfect nose line. This might be the time to work on a particularly wiry afro for example.
|The morning commute, not a good time to pull out the pencils.|
|Weekends and evenings have more variety anyway.|
|Snoring, kissing, reading, eating and breaking into song, all in the tube.|
|Stations themselves have some unique features and depth.|
You learn to draw the figure through gesture, its pose and the pose of clothes. You also learn to reduce the figure to its most salient features and details without time for perfect outlines, shading or intricate skirt patterns. I try to make little portraits, not generic ones. A casual observer should be able to pick each character individually. You'll discover that being selective with detail is much more important than adding every detail.
|so many faces, so little time.|
Don't sweat the wrong stuff. Go for the next victim...er model.
Compose the page. Make the whole page look interesting to look at. This is actually fun. Leave some blank space, play with negative shapes, use contrasting figures and groups. Incorporate a bit of the environment if it helps to break the monotony or move from faces to feet to dogs to suitcases.
More than anything, tell a story, be tender, humorous, grotesque, nobody is paying you, so feel free to add, subtract and exaggerate. Give in to your inner cartoonist (carefully) or your inner novelist. Make notes, add stains, you are making art no documenting immigrants or taking the census. Have fun.
|Can you find the dog?|