Trains, Planes and People Watching on the NJT

18 Oct

Ink drawing: people-watching on the NJT.

Trains are great places for drawing because you can settle down in relative comfort and people are generally static for a reasonable time often dozing or absorbed in books or conversation. These are two drawings I did on one of my USA visits, travelling regularly between New York City and Princeton on the New Jersey Transit [NJT]. The drawings are done with Faber Castell Pitt pens into an A6 Cotman sketchbook which is a nice easy size for carrying around and has good quality paper. I think the woman with the large earrings knew I was drawing her.


Ink drawing: Train Talk on the NJT.

The NJT was always very crowded, whatever time of day or night I travelled, possibly because it stopped at Newark airport, which is really cool and has a monorail to take you from the station to the terminals. I got really absorbed in drawing the chap standing up, the way his hand grasped the rail and also the baggage which made interesting shapes. The trains had these weird seats in pale caramel leathery material. They could be swivelled round to face the other way so groups of four people could sit together.


5 Responses to “Trains, Planes and People Watching on the NJT”

  1. mochamc at 23:59 #

    I really do find your pieces really good! I love the simplicity of the ink yet the craziness of the lines everywhere! I’m trying to find my own art style, looking everywhere and taking in pieces. Check out my blog, I’d love some feedback on my pieces and posts. Thanks πŸ™‚

    • Liz Dees at 22:59 #

      I also love your style of drawing, it’s very aesthetically pleasing and seemingly effortless. I too need to find a good style for me sketching, something I need to work on. Liz.

    • Rosie Scribblah at 11:19 #

      Thank you πŸ™‚


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