my next project

For the last few years I have been sketching people on the el everyday, going to work and coming home... on the Brown Line.
6 sketchbooks have been filled.

(btw, smartphones are a godsend for artists who want to draw the public. People are wired in with their headphones or have their eyes glued to a screen. They. Don’t. Move.)

For this project I took snapshots of many of the sketches (about 900 or so) and put them in a database (Airtable) I have culled them down to about 160 of the more interesting people.

What I want to do is to re-draw them on a long scroll of toned Stonehenge paper… like they are sitting in a very long el car. The toned paper is important because I want the white wires and earbuds to stand out and have them connect to each other. I’m starting studies on different colors of Stonehenge to figure out stuff before I order the very large roll of expensive paper. It would be more practical to do small groups of people on sheets of paper and attach them to a scroll, but that would take the fun out of it (she says… : )

Below is a screenshot of some of the groupings I was starting with. I will start a facebook album of pictures from the planning stage of this very long-term project so you can see what I am thinking about.

and we’ll see what happens!

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so, I think after a bunch of studies that I will use the Stonehenge Fawn color (the bottom one) .... kind of a Goldilocks thing.... not too light, not too dark, just right.

this is how my tiny little rough sketches look like when you blow them up and put them in photoshop. The mat is something I cut out and taped to the top of my computer. That way I can figure out the size and placement when I block it in for the first time.   

this is how my tiny little rough sketches look like when you blow them up and put them in photoshop. The mat is something I cut out and taped to the top of my computer. That way I can figure out the size and placement when I block it in for the first time.

 

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