Bundled up and Busy on BART, ink sketch

Bundled up and Busy on BART, ink sketch

 

I’m wrapping up the last of my sketches in my last handmade sketchbook with these two subway sketches and next time, my end-of-journal self portrait. I didn’t get around to binding another journal one in time and so switched to a Moleskine watercolor sketchbook as a stopgap.

 

Wheelchair Rider with Rear View Mirror

Wheelchair Rider with Rear View Mirror

The Moleskine would be perfect if only it wasn’t in horizontal format. I hate the way two-page spreads become very long and skinny. Trying to sketch in it vertically is awkward to hold. Working in it for a few weeks has given me the incentive to get a new book bound ASAP!

 

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  1. Love your subway sketches. Clever idea for that man in the wheel chair to have a rear view mirror somewhere on his rig, but it would take me awhile to get use to one by the side of my eye…

    A lot of people are not happy with the Moleskine watercolor landscape format. I work with a small sketchbook, but their little landscape book feels as if I were in a narrow tunnel. Some artists have even asked Moleskine to make a watercolor sketchbook in portrait format. I wish they would listen up!

    annie

    annie

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  2. Great sketches! I love your style!

    Here is a link to a group of artists trying to get a portrait Moleskine. http://www.ninajohansson.se/2010/06/portrait-format-moleskine-anyone/

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    • Thanks, Donna, for that link. Wow, a lot of that activity was back in June and I never heard about it. I just put a post on The Sketching Forum re it. A number of members on TSF have indicated that they would like to see a portrait format, too.

      annie

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  3. Your sketches are really a slice of life. They are very interesting and well drawn with good perspective and balance. Do people ever challenge you when you are sketching them?

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  4. Hi Jana, Wonderful sketches; so lively and nicely done. I like the expression on the face of the guy with the laptop. And, I had fun looking at your oil -v- watercolor paintings on the posting before. Lush!

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  5. Love the paper in the watercolor moleskines, hate the format! Also hate the sketchbook version paper. Mine is just so yellow! I don’t have a facebook account, but I did send an email to their customer service dept. They thought I might enjoy the “folio” instead…like that would be easier to handle while sketching out in public! LOL (I did include that bit of information in my email!)

    Really like these sketches and look forward to seeing your new sketchbook! You will show us, right?

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  6. Wonderful slice of life. I used to draw people sometimes when I rode the subway (not in a long time, though). Often someone who was at the far end from where I was would suddenly look up, looking right at me. Sixth sense!

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