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Hot Seat Quick Draw

Quick draw

These are some of the people riding BART with me this week. The guy above was great–he stayed in one position for several stops so I had the chance to draw more than just a face.

The sketches below from the previous day were a practice in drawing quickly. The flashing sign on the elevated, outdoor BART platform said “San Francisco Train in 3 Minutes” when I arrived. For fun, I did a quick contour drawing of two nearby trees and then began to fill in some of the tree’s interior shapes. The train came before I could finish.

I got on the train, looked around, and picked my first subject (I was going to say “victim”), a Latino man in a seat by the door. I captured his face but two minutes later he got off at the next stop and an Indian man got on and took his seat. I drew that guy, but he too got off at the next stop two minutes later. Next in the hot seat was an elderly, grizzled, African-American man. I drew his face and hair and same story, off at the next stop. He was replaced by a nice, apple pie sort of lady….who got off at the next stop. And so did I. It was time to start the work day and I was in a good mood and feeling perky after a fun session of 2-Minute Hot Seat Quick Draw.
Hot Seat

Everything was drawn with a Lamy Safari fountain pen and Noodlers Ink. The top sketch was in a Moleskine sketchbook, the bottom in a Strathmore Drawing sketchbook. I seem to have five or six sketchbooks going at once these days.

8 replies on “Hot Seat Quick Draw”

What a CHALLENGE you gave yourself!! WELL DONE, Jana and I admire your tenacity to get such terrific sketches done so quickly. Let’s see, in 2 minutes, I might get my pen uncapped!! BRAVA!

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I notice that when I draw from life my head does a lot of bobbing. I spend as much time looking as drawing. It would be impossible for me to draw people on a train, for example, without them knowing about it. Do your ‘victims’ see you drawing them or are you very discreet about it?

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Jana,
I love these quick sketches. I’m forcing myself to sketch “talking heads” each night on the Jim Lehrer news hour and it’s hard! My question for you: how did you get the beautiful white background for the sketch from your Moleskine sketchbook? I’ve tried Photoshop but didn’t really get anything I liked better.

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Okay, you guys are starting to push me to work on drawing the talking heads for parctice, cuz I want to be able to do this! These are so fun and D–M good for 2 minute sketches! I love the lounge lizzard reading, too! I am like Andrea, my head bobs up and down all the time giving me away.

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when I draw people in public I’m always amazed at how much they wiggle about, does no one hold still!? how wonderful to find someone accomodating every so often as the first gentleman was, terrific job on all of these!

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Here’s the answer to Shirley’s question about the white background:
I selected “black and white illustration” for the type of scan from my Epson scanner’s software program. Then in Photoshop I used “Auto Levels” and it did it for me. Usually I scan using “Color Photo” as the scanning option and then have a much more complicated route I take in Photoshop and rarely use Auto Levels. I kind of like the tan background and hadn’t really intended to make it
white, but liked it when it happened.
Jana

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hey there! i have started a new blog to showcase portraits that people draw on the train or subway. trainfaces.wordpress.com/ i was wondering if i could feature your work with a link to your website / flickr stream / twitter or whatever you want?

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