Saturday, January 23, 2010

Metro Sketching

I have a new job. It's a FT temporary job, and it happens in the heart of DC. So I'm a Metro girl again. It took me a good week carrying my sketchbook around with me, before I got up the nerve to take it out and do a sketch, but now it's like: "pshaw, not a problem." I can now do about 3 sketches per ride, that's maybe 6 a day. They don't all turn out, so I'll just be posting some of the better ones here.
People are cool. They may see I'm sketching, and they may even get that I'm sketching them, but I've only ever had one seatmate comment that she liked my work, and nobody else has said a word. People really just mind their own on the subway.
The first sketch? I thought it was a girl with earrings at first, until I realized it was earbuds I was seeing on a guy. He really was enjoying his tunes.

These are all done with various pens and pencils, ink and watercolors added afterwards, or not.


freebird said...

These are really great sketches. You don't just get down a likeness. You are getting personality with your drawing. Maybe this will open up a new avenue for your painting when you get back to it. Frankly, although every time I see a painting I want and find it already sold, I am not surprised. I think you need to raise the price a bit. Even $10 on a $25 painting will add up for you and it is still very reasonable.

Shirley said...

Both of these Metro sketching sessions are wonderful! So lively! I admire your determination - I still can't get up the nerve on the NYC subways.

Krista Meister said...

Nel, these are great sketches! Each one has their own personality. Glad you've gotten brave enough to sketch in public. Please, do more!

Deborah A. Dugan said...

What wonderful sketches! I'm so glad I stopped by.

vickylw (Vicky Williamson) said...

Fantastic sketches, Nel! So much personality and feeling in them.

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